Alexander Technique for Musicians

 Alexander Technique for musicians, with Rachel Bernsen, M.AmSAT
5-week class series, Wednesday evenings, October 3-31st 6 – 7:30 pm • $150 Advanced registration required

The body is an instrument and Alexander Technique is a method for using it well.
— Lori Schiff, professor of the Alexander Technique, The Juilliard School music program

Alexander Technique has been for studied worldwide for over one hundred years. It is an effective way to solve physical problems that interfere with the complex coordination of playing an instrument, and of singing. Habitual ways of moving and thinking are unconscious and often counterproductive. The Technique teaches you to be aware of these patterns and the means to move without them, opening the door for change. Alexander Technique is an invaluable tool for any performer. This five-week class series offers an in-depth introduction to the Alexander Technique for Musicians. In addition to hands-on guidance there will be group activities, demonstrations and discussion.

Students will also receive hands-on coaching on their respective instrument in the class setting. Students should be at an intermediate level of proficiency or above on their instrument. No previous Alexander Technique experience required.

Rachel Bernsen is a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, M.AmSAT, a dancer, choreographer and educator. She maintains a private practice in AT in New Haven and teaches the Technique for performing artists at colleges, conferences and festivals across the US and abroad including Rutgers, Yale University, Texas Woman’s University, Seattle Pacific University, Albertus Magnus, CCSU, Connecticut College, and the Moscow Dance Agency Tsekh, among others. As a dance educator she has been visiting faculty at Trinity College, Wesleyan University, Miami Dade College Live Arts Lab and was on the dance faculty at the Educational Center for the Arts (ECA). She is currently on the faculty of Movement Research in New York City. As a choreographer and dancer she’s worked extensively with musicians and composers, ranging from improvisational music/dance collectives to choreographing operas. rachelbernsenAT.com

Alexander Technique for Musicians

The body is an instrument and Alexander Technique is a method for using it well. — Lori Schiff, professor of the Alexander Technique, The Juilliard School music program Alexander Technique has been for studied worldwide for over one hundred years. It is an effective way to solve physical problems that interfere with the complex coordination of playing an instrument, and of singing. Habitual ways of moving and thinking are unconscious and often counterproductive. The Technique teaches you to be aware of these patterns and the means to move without them, opening the door for change. Alexander Technique is an invaluable tool for any performer. This five-week class series offers an in-depth introduction to the Alexander Technique for musicians. In addition to hands-on guidance there will be group activities, demonstrations and discussion. Students will also receive hands-on coaching on their respective instrument in the class setting. Students should be at an intermediate level of proficiency or above on their instrument. No previous Alexander Technique experience required.