Foundation Course for Young
The Charity (whose working
title is Friends of the Alexander Technique) has
developed a syllabus for a 10 week course - with
attendance certificate - which can be offered to music
departments in schools and colleges.
STAT teachers are invited
to apply for a one day training to prepare you to
deliver this course.
Time: 09:30am to 5:30pm
Venue: ArtsEd College, Chiswick, London
The training day
will be run by tutors who are experienced in running
groups and in working with young musicians: Peter
Buckoke, John Crawford, Tony Cross and Penny O'Connor
Teachers who attend the training
day will be accredited to deliver the course to schools
and colleges, will receive the course syllabus and
associated hand-outs and can give the Charity's
certificate to pupils who complete the course.
reserve a place or ask questions please contact
John Hunter. Places will be confirmed on receipt of
the fee which can be paid by cheque or online bank
transfer (details will be sent to applicants).
Training Day Tutors
Peter oversees the Alexander department at the RCM,
where the technique is embedded in the BMus degree.
Peter is also professor of double bass at the RCM
and plays both modern and baroque bass with various
chamber groups in London.
He is a founding member
of The Schubert Ensemble of London, winner of the Royal
Philharmonic Society’s 'Best Chamber Group' award, and
has often been invited to play with other small chamber
groups when they need a bass player for larger
repertoire, including the Alberni, Allegri, Arditi,
Chillingirian, Coul, Dante, and Endellion string
In 2006, Peter was invited to an
international double bass convention at The China
Conservatory in Beijing, representing European bass
playing, he gave a solo recital and workshops looking at
the Alexander Technique in relation to double bass
playing, both on National television.
wife, Judith Kleinman, he is co-author of The Alexander
Technique for Musicians, published by Bloomsbury.
In his spare time, Peter looks after several
colonies of bees.
John has, throughout his career, combined
instrumental teaching with practising and teaching
Alexander Technique, performing and coaching. From 1976
to 1986, John was a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra
during which time he also taught at Westminster School.
In 1991 he joined the Trinity College of Music staff and
was that year also appointed to teach Alexander
Technique in the Royal College of Music Junior
Royal College of Music
1999 - paper on
Body Mapping for Strad magazine
2000 - European String
Tony studied at The City University and at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Having graduated he
has been ubiquitous as a freelance trumpeter on the
London classical music scene for thirty years.
Tony has had close ties with music making in Norway
where he held the position of co-principal trumpet in
the Bergen Philharmonic orchestra and the contemporary
music ensemble BIT20.
On returning from Norway he
enjoyed a period of six years working as principal
trumpet in West End musical theatre and trained as an
Alexander Technique teacher with Ron Colyer and Ray
Tony teaches AT and trumpet at the Purcell
School and Trinity Conservatoire. He continues to
Penny worked as an actor writer director teacher in
London in 1980’s, re-trained in AT with David Gorman and
Margaret Edis in 1992.
Has a private practice in
Central London, runs holiday workshops, courses and
lessons for AT teachers, trainees, students, beginners
on Greek Island of Alonnisos.
She has worked
since 1997 at the theatre schools in ArtsEd in West
London for Musical Theatre, Acting, MA, BA, and A level
Assistant to Ilana Machover at Queens
Park Alexander Training, specialising in voice.
Led workshops for musicians in Thessaloniki, the Ionian
University in Corfu; led workshops with Graeae Theatre
education programme, Mind The Gap theatre group for
special needs; AT consultant for Northampton Theatre
production company; visiting lecturer at Central School
for screen acting, London Musical Theatre; led workshops
at STAT congresses in Oxford and Lugano in ‘What is
presence on stage?’ and ‘Higher Creative Self.’
Foundation Course for Young Musicians – Summary
This course will introduce students to
the Alexander Technique, giving them an overview of its
potential to help them in their practice and
performance, and in daily life, and a set of practical
skills they can apply every day.
work helps people become more aware of how their mind
and body function, their intentions and their automatic
habits in responding to whatever is going around them.
Physical habits are often the most noticeable initially
and musicians especially can benefit greatly from
experiencing a more natural poise and ease, especially
when relating to their musical instrument. Mental and
emotional responses to different situations also become
clearer once a student is more aware. They can find more
calm and choices available to them with this knowledge.
With practical tools to help, practice, performance and
every day life can be approached differently, with more
confidence and ease.
The course will consist of
ten, 60 minute sessions. Two sessions will be reserved
for individual, hands-on, lessons – 20 minutes for each
student. This gives a chance for each student to address
individual areas of concern/interest.
Each of the
group lessons will cover a different topic relevant to
the students, and be mostly experiential in nature.
Handouts covering the theoretical background will
accompany each session. The sessions will encourage
curiosity and questioning – in a non-judgmental
atmosphere, students will be encouraged to engage in the
practical experiments and talk about what they notice
about themselves and whatever is happening.