Alexander Technique for performance training: CPD for teachers

Course Dates: 12/07/20
Time: 10:00 - 14:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

This course is about the role of the Alexander Technique (AT) in the development and training of actors and performers. It is for anyone involved in performance and in the training of performers; AT teachers as well as acting, directing, movement, dance, music and singing teachers/coaches. We will focus on how the AT teaches skills to empower the actor/performer to improve freedom of movement, breathing and vocal production to facilitate creative expression.


What is the course about?

Alexander Technique enables actors/performers to have an awareness of the physical, mental and emotional personal habits that hinder their performance. Learning it includes hands-on work from the AT teacher as part of the process. The AT is fundamental to the training of actors and musicians and is part of the curriculum of major performing colleges in the UK, US and Europe.
The Technique works to improve the actor/performer’s ‘use’. That is the relationships of the coordination of muscles, kinesthetic sense and thinking (mental conceptions).
Through learning to apply the AT for themselves the actor/performer benefits from improved muscle tone, better ‘use’ and functioning generally, more accurate kinesthetic feedback and ability to avoid habits that hinder their performance.
Rather than being an alternative to good acting training, vocal training, musical technique, movement training etc., the AT can best be seen as a ‘pre-technique’ that focuses on the ‘use’ of the performer as ‘the instrument’ which carries out the performance.

What will we cover?

We will look at the basic principles and procedures involved in teaching and learning the AT with a focus on performance situations:
• Force of habit and how to promote change.
• Self-direction and conscious awareness in activity.
• Mind-body inter-relation.
• Kinesthetic sense and how to make it more trustworthy.
• ‘Use’ in relation of functioning.
• Importance of a dynamic relation of the head, neck and back.
• Balance, coordination and freedom of movement.
• Breathing and voice.
• Presence and spatial awareness.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Understand the basic concepts of the Alexander Technique (AT).
Have knowledge and experience of how the AT is a support and complement to the training of performers – acting skills, voice, movement, playing instruments, singing, public speaking etc.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for anyone who is involved in performance and the training of performers; teachers of the Alexander Technique as well as acting, directing, movement, dance, music and singing teachers/coaches.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

There will be student participation with a combination of observation, interactive group and pair work, direct AT hands-on work from the tutor, application of AT to the specific demands of the performer in performance situations. Musicians get the opportunity to work with their instrument.

The tutor will also have volunteer teaching assistants for extra hands-on work.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please wear loose comfortable clothing and be prepared to take off shoes. If you are a musician and have a portable instrument you may bring it as we will look at how to apply the Alexander Technique in performance.

This course is not subject to Refunds or Transfers.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can directly practice what you’ve learnt on this course and if you wish to further your learning of the AT after this course you can continue by enrolling on to one of the Alexander Technique for Performance courses at the City Lit. You will also receive information about how to take this work further on an individual level.
If you are a teacher of performance skills you will be given information on how you can further your own Alexander Technique learning; on how you can collaborate with AT teachers in your performance teaching. If you are an AT teacher you will be given information on how to gain further training in delivering AT to performers.

Tutor Biographies
Brita Forsstrom Tutor Website

Brita Forsstrom Brita Forsstrom MSTAT, has been teaching the Alexander Technique (AT) for 35 years teaching individual lessons and groups privately and in adult education. She has a special passion for teaching actors, singers, musicians and all performing artists. She has taught in the Drama, Health & Lifestyle and Music departments at City Lit since 1988. Her work has taken her to Singapore working with a choir and singing students, Sweden and to different parts of the UK. She enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds and different interests groups, such as pregnant women and new mothers. She sees AT as a way of encouraging people to regain confidence and freedom of movement in all aspects of their lives. She gives CPD for AT teachers and teaches AT in businesses. Since 2014 Brita has run a 3-year training course for AT teachers. She is co-author of Alexander Technique for Pregnancy and Childbirth, has contributed articles in books on AT as well as articles in magazines and newspapers.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: DS069

Sun, day, 12 Jul - 12 Jul '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £89.00
Senior fee: £89.00
Concession: £54.00

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