“Alexander 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...”
Charles Sherrington, Nobel Laureate in Physiology/Medicine
“As one goes on, new areas are opened, new possibilities are seen and then realized; one finds himself continually growing, and realizes that there is an endless process of growth initiated.”
American Philosopher John Dewey on his 35-year study of the lexander Technique
“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, five days a week for three and one-half years. This daily certification program fulfills the teacher-training standards established by F. Matthias Alexander, the creator of the Alexander Technique.
Teacher Training Course
The Alexander Technique teacher's own use is intrinsic to his/her teaching skills. Therefore, the core of the training is based on the individual learning process provided in private lessons.
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 on in teaching skills training. Trainees work with each other in small groups of two to five people. In addition to the general group instruction, each student receives considerable individual attention and instruction.
Group Activities, Discussions, Talks, and Readings:
Included in talks 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, including building a teaching practice, are 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 Control.”
"The Alexander Technique Teacher Training with Marian frankly changed the course of my life. I began training to work on myself, because I had been in chronic pain. Once I found freedom from this persistent pain, and continued delving deeper into the technique, it became clear I really wanted to share this work. Marian is an extremely patient and wise teacher who understands the nuances of learning and growing. Because she has also an extensive background with Joan and Alexander Murray and the Dart Procedures, she comes with extra tools under her belt.
One of my favorite things in class was how she would go over the readings. She was so present with the text, that she would pause and we would really think about it and even work on demonstrating whatever concept was being discussed.
Marian is generous of nature and caring of heart. She's a dedicated teacher and true to her word. Additionally, her "hands on the back of the chair" work is a revelation. I thought I hated that procedure and through working with her, I came to revel in it."
Alexander Technique Center of Washington Graduate
The training takes place over seven semesters. Semesters run from January to May or June and from August to December. Each semester is 16 weeks of instruction, with a one week break every three or four weeks during the semester.
Days and Hours
The training meets for several hours each day. Contact the Center for specific schedule information, firstname.lastname@example.org
The course is located in McLean, Virginia, within 15 minutes drive of Washington, D.C. and suburban Maryland.
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 18 countries.
Adults 18 years old or over who have had at least 30 Alexander Technique lessons from a qualified teacher may apply for training.
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, contact the Center at
The Alexander Technique Center is accepting applications for the 2021 fall semester.
Contact the Center for schedule and fee information.
Marian Goldberg maintains a private Alexander Technique teaching practice in the Washington, D.C. area and is the Director of the Alexander Technique Center of Washington's Teacher-Training Program. Marian began studying the Alexander Technique in 1978. After working with a variety of interpretations of the Alexander Technique from 1978 to 1980, she went on to study with Joan and Alexander Murray at the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique in 1980. Marian graduated from the Urbana Center’s certified teacher-training program in 1983, fulfilling the three-year daily training standards established by F. Matthias Alexander. In addition, Marian completed two years of advanced training at the Urbana Center. She has been teaching the Technique since 1983 and is certified by both the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT), UK, and the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). Marian also studied with teachers directly trained by F. M. Alexander: Walter Carrington, Peggy Williams, and Marjorie Barstow. She has taught classes and workshops in the Technique for colleges and universities and for a number of organizations, including the United States Marine Band, the Vocal Studies Program at George Mason University, and the University of Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several publications, including The Alternative Health Sourcebook and Natural Awakenings magazine. Marian is the editor of Beginning from the Beginning: A Conversation with Joan and Alexander Murray. She has developed several web sites: “Alexander Technique: The Insiders’ Guide,” “John Dewey and the Alexander Technique” and “The Alexander Technique for Musicians.” Marian has also been certified as a Feldenkrais® Practitioner and has trained in Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
Links to Professional Societies and Training Programs
Alexander Technique Teachers' Certification Societies:Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT)
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© 2011, 2020 Marian Goldberg
“Alexander has established not only the beginning of a far-reaching science of the apparently involuntary movements we call reflexes, but a technique of correction and self-control which forms a substantial addition to our very slender resources in personal education.” –George Bernard Shaw