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
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 would not say I am a fan of the technique – I am a disciple. For many years I suffered with chronic neck pain following a horse riding accident. When my HR manager recommended the Alexander Technique I was intrigued. Her father, a stroke victim, had experienced an incredible recovery from practising the Technique – to the point where he no longer needed a walking stick. After the first lesson I felt a dramatic difference; my neck felt long and free like a giraffe.

Annette Shaw

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