has done a service to the subject by insistently treating each act as involving
the whole integrated individual...To take a step is an affair not of this or that
limb solely but of the total neuromuscular activity of the moment..."
"Mr. Alexander's method lays hold of the individual as a whole, as a self-vitalizing agent."
-Professor G.E. Coghill
Author of Anatomy and the Problem of Human Behavior
Developing easy and efficient coordination is a process that can require changing the habits of a lifetime. Over a hundred years ago, F. Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) created an exceptional technique for making these in-depth changes. Learning Alexander's Technique can have profound benefits for the quality of life of the student, from alleviating chronic pain and excess tension to developing a greater understanding of self.
Alexander Technique teacher training continues and intensifies the unique learning experience that takes place in private lessons. The training is a fascinating process that is often one of remarkable growth and improvement for the teacher-trainee.
Trainees are provided with the ample, regular class time and individual attention necessary for developing the skills and knowledge essential to teaching the Technique. The course meets for several hours each day, four to five days a week for three and one-half years. This comprehensive certification program fulfills the teacher-training standards established by F. Matthias Alexander, the creator of the Alexander Technique.
The Alexander Technique teacher's own use is intrinsic to his/her teaching skills. Therefore, the core of the training is based on the learning process provided in private lessons.
Every day of the training, each trainee is given one or more individual turns from the instructor. "Turns" are "mini" Alexander Technique lessons, short learning intensives for the trainee to improve his/her own use. Included in individual turns are Alexander's Procedures and table work.
Teaching Skills Instruction
The learning that takes place during a daily turn is the basis for developing teaching skills. Each day, what is learned during the mini-lesson is expanded upon in teaching skills training. Trainees work with each other in small groups of two to five people. The instructor provides individualized instruction to each student as well as general instruction to the group.
Lectures, Readings, Discussions and Group Activities
Included in lectures and/or group activities are developmental movement, Alexander's Procedures, the Dart Procedures, pertinent current and historical information in science and education, voice study, and other related subjects. Readings include F.M. Alexander's writings, writings by other Alexander Technique teachers, and related literature.
To help further understanding of the Alexander Technique, the course also focuses on the historical development of the Technique, from a method of voice and breathing improvement to a technique of psycho-physical re-education.
Special sessions on other topics pertinent to being a teacher of the Technique, such as building a teaching practice, are also included in the training.
Throughout the training, trainees develop a practical understanding of what F.M. Alexander termed the "Use of the Self," how coordination functions as an integrated whole of mind and body. Central to this understanding are learning and applying the Principles of the Alexander Technique: the "Means-Whereby," including "Inhibition" and "Direction," and "Primary."
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The training takes place over seven semesters. Semesters run from January to May and late July or early August to November. Each semester is 15 weeks of instruction, with a one or two-week mid-semester break.
Days and Hours
The training meets weekdays for several hours each day. Contact the Center for specific schedule information, email@example.com
The course is located in McLean, Virginia, within 15 minutes drive of Washington, D.C. and suburban Maryland.
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On successful completion of the training, a trainee is certified by the Alexander Technique Center of Washington. Trainees are also qualified to receive a teaching certificate from the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT).
The Alexander Technique Center of Washington's Teacher-Training Program has been approved since 1994 by the American Society for the Alexander Technique. The Training Course meets or exceeds international standards of training set by the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, Great Britain (STAT), the oldest (est. 1958) and largest professional organization of Alexander Technique Teachers, and its affiliated organizations in 14 countries.
The Alexander Technique Center of Washington has been certified to operate as an Institution of Higher Education by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. The Teacher-Training Course is approved for Veterans Educational Benefits by the Office of Veterans Education, Virginia Department of Education (Montgomery GI Bill).
Adults 18 years old or over who have had at least 30 Alexander Technique lessons from a qualified teacher may apply for training.
Marian Goldberg has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1983 and is certified by both the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, UK, and the American Society for the Alexander Technique. Marian completed a full-time (daily), three-year teacher training and two years of advanced training with Joan and Alexander Murray at the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique. She has also studied with teachers trained by F. Matthias Alexander. Marian has taught workshops and classes in the Technique for colleges and universities, and for a number of organizations, including the United States Marine Band, the Green Festival and the Why Me? Foundation. Marian maintains a private teaching practice. She has developed several websites, including "John Dewey and the Alexander Technique" and the "Alexander Technique for Musicians" and is the editor of Beginning from the Beginning: A Conversation with Joan and Alexander Murray. Marian has also been certified as a Feldenkrais® Practitioner and has trained in Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
Applying for Training
Contact the Center to receive an application. An interview and and up to three lessons with the Director may be required.
For an application form or for more information, please contact
The Alexander Technique Center is accepting applications for the 2008 Summer-Fall semester and the 2009 Winter semester. Contact the Center for schedule and fee information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recommended reading on teacher training in the Alexander Technique: Taking Time. Available from AmSAT Books.
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