The Alexander Technique is a method that has had striking results in the music world as well as offering wide-ranging benefits to students’ general wellbeing. It is a popular element of the Junior Trinity curriculum, taught by active practitioners who are also performers empathetic to students’ issues.
The Alexander Technique is a way of becoming more aware of balance, posture and movement in everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method of self-improvement, helping to enhance poise, vitality and coordination and to reduce strain and stress. Through the Technique we become more able to differentiate necessary and unnecessary tension and effort, and we become able to perform better, free up creativity, prevent injury and cope better with existing problems.
The Alexander Technique is usually taught on a one-to-one basis, the teacher using verbal instructions and guidance with the hands to help unravel tensions and distortions and encourage the natural reflexes to work again. Through experience and observation we become able to change longstanding habits and function more efficiently, and to apply the benefits of the Technique in demanding activities and situations in daily life. We also work with students' instruments and explore ways of best coping with the strains of musicians' lives and work.