The Training Course

This a three-year course, with three 11 to 13 week terms per year, making up a total of 1602 hours. The course will run over four half days per week, plus individual sessions and practice teaching. The tuition fee is £1825 per term. The term fee remains fixed for the duration of the training.

Intensive foundation course
We also offer the opportunity for anyone with interest in AT to attend this course for a term or part of a term on a full-time or part-time basis to gain intensive exposure and deepen their AT development.

Postgraduate and CPD Opportunities
We are also open for teachers to join us for Postgraduate training for a term or part of a term. See also other short courses and opportunities listed under the Classes page. Please contact Brita or Kamal to discuss options.

The terms dates are:

SUMMER TERM 2017

18 April – 14 July (12 weeks)
Midterm break  will be week of 30 May – 2 June

AUTUMN TERM 2017

12 September – 8 December (12 weeks)
Midterm break  will be week of 24-27 October

SPRING TERM 2018

2 January – 29 March (12 weeks)
Midterm break will be week of 20-23 February

SUMMER TERM 2018

17 April – 20 July (12 weeks)
Midterm break will be week of 29 May – 1 June

Prerequisites
Prospective students should have had a sufficient number of lessons to show that they have grasped the basic principles and have an interest in continued learning. They should be able to show that they are in good health and have financial plans in place to see them through the three years. There will be an interview and lesson(s) with Head of Training. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.

Preparatory classes are regularly held for those interested in training. Please contact us for details.

Curriculum
The curriculum follows STAT guidelines.

  • Study is be based on Alexander’s core principles as laid down in F.M. Alexander’s four books. The Alexander core principles include:
  1. The importance of the coordination of the relationship of the head to the neck and the rest of the spine in coordination (‘Primary Control’)
  2. The ability to suspend acting on a habitual impulse to allow a new response to a demand for action (‘Inhibition’)
  3. The ability to direct one’s thinking in activity in accord with natural coordination
  4. An understanding of the meaning of the following terms and the relationships between them:
        • Conscious guidance and control
        • Direction/giving consent
        • End-gaining/means-whereby
        • Inhibition/withholding consent
        • Nature of habit
        • Primary control
        • Psycho-physical unity
        • Re-education
        • Sensory appreciation
        • Use and functioning
  • Study of Alexander’s writing and relevant basic anatomy and physiology form an essential part of the training.

Through a process of psychophysical re-education trainees learn to develop greater mind and body awareness, enabling them to apply the Technique in their own co-ordination for their daily activities.

By learning to integrate these principles for themselves, trainees acquire the necessary skills and competences to communicate them effectively and teach them to others in a professional capacity, i.e. in lessons taught to pupils/learners.

The time is divided between hands-on teaching to individual trainees and small groups, theory through lectures and demonstrations and procedures to put theoretical understanding into practical experience, consistent with an increased progression over the three years of training:

  • Year 1:  Application and incorporation of core principles into own use. Guided teaching of own use in the classic Alexander procedures of chair work, ‘monkey’ position, lunge, and hands on the back of a chair.
  • Year 2:  Attending to own use whilst being instructed in hands-on work with other trainee through supervised pair and small group sessions.
  • Year 3:  Refinement of the delicate hands-on skills in teaching through continued supervised practice. Development of ability to convey understanding of core principles to the pupil, both manually and verbally, leading to the ability of the trainee to effect a change in the use of a pupil. Training on how to build up and run a practice, the importance of professionalism and ethics by being part of STAT and continued professional development and training. Trainees will have opportunity for teaching members of the public (individual and introductory groups), including assisting teaching at the City Lit – an adult further education college in Holborn.

There is an emphasis on the personal development of the trainees to prepare them for the interaction with pupils/learners. We look at many applications of the Technique in practical everyday living.

There is work with movement, voice, breathing, presentational skills, and applying the Technique to areas such as playing musical instruments, running, swimming, horse riding, dancing, singing and other activities. Where appropriate we also make use of information learning technologies.

Other areas of study include relevant aspects of psychology, child development, pedagogy and didactics, science-based studies into human well-being, etc.

We endeavour to search out and keep informed of scientific research and development in areas that touch on aspects of the Alexander Technique and its application of all aspects of human activity.

The three-year training provides trainees with all the information, support, mentoring and practical experience necessary to be able to deliver high quality Alexander Technique teaching.  Brita Forsstrom, Head of Training, has 29 years teaching experience and more than 12 years experience in teacher training.  In addition to Brita Forsstrom and Kamal Thapen (Assistant Head), the school have regular and visiting teachers with an international outlook and experience in a wide range of professional and creative fields contributing to the depth and quality of the training.

In addition to the basic teaching, Brita teaches some of the basic anatomy and physiology, as well as voice work, presentation skills, application to acting and playing musical instruments herself; Kamal teaches application to Tai Chi, with a half hour weekly session. We regularly invite teachers and specialists to cover areas beyond our own abilities and knowledge.

All trainees have one individual lesson per week alongside the course hours as part of the training. We hold regular one-to-one tutorials for the trainees as well as whole school meetings to discuss the school set-up and concerns they have.

Timetable1

This is a typical weekly schedule, which will develop and include variations as the course progresses with students of different stages of training. We encourage the students to keep a reflective journal throughout the course.

 

Reading list
Alexander, F.M.  Use of the Self, (Orion Publishing)
Alexander, F.M. Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual, (Mouritz)
Alexander, F.M. Man’s Supreme Inheritance, (Mouritz)
Alexander, F.M. Universal Constance in Living, (Mouritz)
Articles, published letters and lectures on the F. M. Alexander Technique by F. Matthias Alexander. (Mouritz)

Carey, S. The Alexander Technique: The Ground Rules, Marjorie Barlow in conversation with Sean Carey, (HITE Books)
Carey, S. Alexander Technique in Everyday Living: Improve how you sit,stand, walk, work and run, (HITE Books)
Carrington, W. and Carey, S. Explaining the Alexander Technique, (Sheildrake Press)
Carrington, W. Thinking Aloud , (Mornum Time Press)
Carrington, W. The Act of Living , (Mornum Time Press)
Forsstrom, B and Hampson, M. The Alexander Technique for Pregnancy and Childbirth , (Gollancz)
Gelb, M. Bodylearning , (Aurum Press)
Jones, F. P. Freedom to Change , (Mouritz)
MacDonald, P. The Alexander Technique Way As I see It , (Rahula Books)
Nicholls, J. and Carey, S. The Alexander Technique; in conversation , (publ. by the authors)

There is a range of other books of the Alexander Technique, as well as anatomy and physiology books and other relevant literature available and/or recommended as part of the studies.