STAT Certification at The Centre for the Alexander Technique, London
D. Musical Arts, M. Mus, B. Mus. The Juilliard School
Prix de Virtuosité, The Geneva Conservatoire
Selma Gokcen's interest in the Alexander Technique and other methods of learning is prompted by a lifelong fascination with the roots of habits and the difficulties of modifying them. Students often entered her cello studio seeking changes but unable to resolve their problems.
Eventually her reading brought her to the Alexander Technique, a discipline described by its founder as "learning to do consciously what nature intended".
Selma was trained in London at the Centre for the Alexander Technique. She was qualified as a teacher by the Society for Teachers of the Alexander Technique in 1998. In September 2000 she was appointed to the faculty of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is also a professor of violoncello. She works with string, wind and brass players, singers and composers. She also incorporates her Alexander Technique teaching as part of her cello studio.
Selma presents workshops in the Alexander Technique to instrumentalists and singers of all ages and stages of development, from beginners to professionals. She also works with musicians individually at Studio One in north London and holds a regular series of events on the Alexander Technique, hosting an array of internationally known teachers. She contributes a regular column on the Alexander Technique at www.cellobello.com