14 May 2018
Written by LADW
Alexander Technique for Musicians - Master class with Judith Kleinman
BYMT CONCERT HALL, 21 June 2018, Thursday 7-9pm
This master class provides cruical information for all performing and teaching musicians, and all instrumentalists of all ages. It is suitable for staff and students.
The Alexander Technique is predicated on self awareness and an acknowledgement of our ability to change.
F M Alexander was one of the first people to recognise the symbiotic relationship between mind and body, this is central to the work.
For performance to be healthy, spontaneous and creative it needs to be free from rigidity of mind, body and intention, Alexander thinking facilitates all of those freedoms.
The work develops awareness that we can choose the responses to stimuli in our lives rather than responding automatically. Another way of describing the state we might choose to be in is ‘truly present’.
The work starts by developing an understanding of the nature of habit and the identification of any negative personal habits.
We usually find the physical is the easiest platform to initiate the process of change, so at first the thinking is about outwardly visible patterns, e.g. how we sit or stand or move with and relate to a musical instrument.
The initial work can be seen as a metaphor for all other activities and once the basic ideas have been understood we can look at mental and emotional responses.
Performance anxiety is a perfect example of an automatic ‘response to stimulus’ and can be tackled with this psycho-physical approach - like any other habit.
Alexander work tends to free the mind, body and spirit from automatic repetition and gives one the feeling of being alive and ready for anything.
Judith Kleinman, Alexander Teacher, RCM, JRAM, LCATT, trained as a classical musician and teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
She has a busy professional career. She was a member of the orchestra of the English National Opera and City of London Sinfonia and now freelances in London on modern and period instruments.
She qualified as an Alexander teacher twenty six years ago, having trained with Patrick MacDonald and Shoshana Kamanitz.
For the last twenty years, she has been one of the Alexander teachers at the RCM and also teaches at the Royal Academy of Music's Junior Department.
Judith is co-director of the London Centre for Alexander Technique, which trains new Alexander teachers.
She also has a private practice and has collaborated with Systemic psychotherapists on research, combining Alexander work with therapy.
She writes about the technique, particularly about teaching young people and has presented workshops to the general public and the Alexander world on her approach to the work.
She has worked for the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) on Council, coordinating the Arts and Education group.
With her husband, Peter Buckoke, she is co-author of The Alexander Technique for Musicians, published by Bloomsbury.
Judith is a qualified teacher of Tai-Chi and is very interested in combining movement with Alexander work.
Free for APMs