Manchester Alexander Technique Training School

Country
United Kingdom
Region
Manchester
Staff

Head of Training: Malcolm Williamson (Carrington 1984) Named assistant: Nigel Evans

Teacher Training Address
Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD
Contact Details

Correspondence: Malcolm Williamson (MATTS)
Flat 25, Thorne House, 279 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M14 6DW
Telephone and Fax: +44 (0) 161 224 1112
Email: [email protected]

Prerequisites

Sound foundation in the Technique based on individual lessons. Completed application form, interview and lesson(s) with Head of Training. A keen interest in music or other performing arts is desirable, though not essential when all other considerations indicate suitability.

Weekly Hours
Monday to Thursday 08.45 to 12.45
Course Fees
£4380 per year
Year Founded
2001
Graduates
23
Current Trainees
4
Curriculum

The key aims are to facilitate the trainee's own process of learning enquiry, to develop trainees' understanding of the core values and methods of Alexander's work, enabling them to teach the Alexander Technique in an effective, open-minded, ethical and self-directed manner.

Daily class comprises mainly practical study of the Technique and its principles with directed activities and instruction in small groups to develop teaching skills. Alexander's four books form the core study material together with other writing on the Technique and related subjects which include relevant aspects of anatomy and physiology, educational psychology, sports and performing arts pedagogy, science-based studies in human potential etc. Trainees will be required to complete course work and assignments. Visits to the course by prior arrangement are welcome.

The School's association with the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) means that the needs of professional musicians will be an important consideration for teaching practice in a trainee's final year.

Additional notes

Modern, shared self-contained apartments in the RNCM students' hall of residence are available to trainees.

UK/World?
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I was recommended the Alexander Technique for my problems with back pain. It took a few lessons before I noticed a subtle but very noticeable difference. Mainly in confidence; I no longer 'feared' my back going, as I had structures in place to deal with it. I've been doing it now for 17 years, seeing my teacher once a month. I am sure that, had I not found the Technique, I'd have gone down the road of further back operations, and would probably be in a wheelchair by now. Can't rate it too highly.

Carol Hedges - Author
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