Each year provides the opportunity for students to:
- Develop an understanding of the Technique by working with the teachers, working on themselves and working with the other students;
- Develop accurate observational skills;
- Have a practical knowledge of anatomy and experience of body mapping;
- Explore the force of habit, and the application of Inhibition and of Direction;
- Become familiar with the books of Alexander and other relevant literature;
- Get to know how to apply the Alexander Technique (AT) to possible and actual pupils, study case histories and explore possible routes of teaching in frequently occurring lesson themes;
- Practice the Alexander Procedures;
- Study and put into practice the core concepts (Principles);
- Learn about setting up a practice and understand the STAT guidelines about teaching the Technique;
- Present aspects of the AT to the group and later to the public.
Daily work will include:
- Living Anatomy: exploring how our joints, limbs, head and torso function in themselves
and in relation to each other;
- Quality of touch: learning to look and listen with our eyes, hands and heart,
with our own centeredness to the centeredness of others;
- Movement: directing ourselves in everyday actions, from standing, walking, sitting, and lying down to more specific movement patterns of particular activities, for example running, playing instruments or riding;
- Individual work: each student will have a daily time of individual work with a senior teacher;Each student keeps a journal of their learning process and every half term they share their insights learning and experience with the group.
Additional content presented weekly:
Voice work: Speaking; Projecting while being grounded; Singing; Embodying the voice while ‘giving voice’;
Eye work: this is based on Peter Grunwald’s book’ Eyebody’;
Movement work: Balancing skills; simple juggling skills.
Third Year Students will teach three members of the public for 20 sessions each. This is fully supervised and students need to keep lesson notes and report back weekly to the group.
At the end of their third year they will have written a thesis showing their personal understanding of the Technique, and their process of development during their training. This will be presented to the teachers and other students and the whole group will discuss this work together.