Step 1: Set up a first lesson
At your first lesson, you'll have a chance to meet and work with me and decide if we're a good fit.
We'll discuss your unique situation and what you can expect from a sequence of Alexander lessons.
I'll introduce you to how lessons work, how we use hands-on feedback and guided, everyday movement to raise your awareness of your posture and movement habits and how to change them for the better.
For musicians, a first lesson is a good time to bring your instrument—I have a piano in my studio if you're a pianist.
The first lesson will give you a taste of the work and give you the information to know how the Alexander Technique can help you.
Step 2: Schedule an introductory intensive
The habits that we are changing through Alexander lessons are in the background of all of our activities from the moment we wake to the moment we go to sleep—and sometimes even when we stir in the night. An intensive gives a jump start to the process of relearning your coordination and lays the foundation of lasting change.
All of my new students begin their study of the Alexander Technique with an intensive. You have two options:
- Five 30-minute lessons scheduled over one week
- Six 45-minute lessons over two weeks.
After your first intensive, we will decide how it's best for your to proceed. Some students continue to study intensively, as our schedule allows. Others shift to a bi-weekly or weekly lesson time for the duration of their lessons.
Step 3: Make the work your own
The measure of successful Alexander Technique lessons is simple: whether you can apply what you've learn on your own, when your teacher is not around. This will be the focus of your regular lessons.
After a burst of intensive study that introduces you the basics of the Alexander Technique, the focus of your regular lessons will be developing your knowledge and self-understanding in all your activities. Lessons begin with every day movement: sit-to-stand, walking, running, bending over and squatting. Then we extend the work to include your unique challenges: playing a musical instrument, speaking in public, working at a computer, running, athletics—whatever it is that you do and that you care about.
Chin Rest Fittings for Violinists and Violists
Violinists and violists often twist their bodies into unsustainable positions just in the act of holding their instrument. Changing chin rests and/or shoulder rests can be a crucial step in finding greater comfort and ease at the instrument. Even more importantly, players need to develop strategies for becoming aware of and beginning to change the habits that have grown around poorly fitting chin rests and shoulder rests.
I offer chin rest fittings as part of Alexander Technique lessons for violinists and violists. During lessons, players are given the opportunity to try out a variety of chin rest designs, including Randy Olson's Wave chin rest, the Kreddle, Gary Frisch and Lynne Denig's chin rest fitting kit, and the SAS chin rest. Chin rests are available on loan to those students taking regular lessons.
If you are a violinist or violist interested in changing your set up, schedule a first Alexander Technique lesson, and we will look at your set up and how it might need to change over a course of lessons.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many lessons does it take to learn the Alexander Technique?
Like any skill, the more you study the more you learn! When first studying the Alexander Technique, you can learn the basics of the Technique in 20 to 30 lessons. That said, many of my students have continued to study with me for years.
How much do lessons cost?
Check out my pricing and policies page here.
Do I have to study the Alexander Technique intensively?
I strongly recommend that you begin your Alexander Technique lessons by studying lessons intensively—either daily or every other day for one to two weeks. After your first period of intensive study, you can continue at the more regular frequency of once or twice a week.
What if I can't afford to pay for intensives in advance?
I prefer that intensives be paid for in advance, but I do offer payment plans for students if affordability is an issue. Payment for intensives can be spread out over the course of several weeks.
Are Alexander Technique lessons just for musicians?
No, anyone can study and benefit from lessons in the Alexander Technique.