Why would I want to be an Alexander Teacher?

There are few other professions that allow you to help others and improve yourself at the same time.

You can make people’s lives better by teaching them to overcome pain and have greater control over their activities.

To teach the Alexander Technique, you must master it yourself first: you will have intensive Alexander lessons during your training. Through intensive study, you will learn how to better apply the Alexander Technique to your life, allowing you to make great personal gains in your own postural health and skilled activities.

You will graduate able to start your own private practice offering a valuable service through a business model that allows you to be your own boss, set your own schedule, and balance your work with other aspects of your life in a sustainable manner.

Many Alexander teachers also integrate the Alexander Technique into work as performers; music, dance, acting, or yoga teachers; coaches and personal trainers; and mental health or bodywork practitioners.

What does the Alexander Teacher Training involve?

The training course is a 3-year program that offers 1600 hours of apprenticeship-style training.

Training classes meet 9 AM – 12:30 PM Tuesdays & Thursdays and 1 – 4:30 PM Wednesdays & Friday, 36 weeks each year.

Each trainee will get a lot of hands-on work and personal attention, with one instructor for each five trainees.

All training is directly overseen by the Training Director, Molly Johnson.

Training assistance will be provided by many Alexander teachers practicing in the Austin area.

Why should I train at the Alexander Training Center?

As the training director, Molly Johnson brings a high level of Alexander Technique expertise to her teaching, offering a thorough, yet focused perspective that draws on her in-depth study of the different lineages of Alexander teachers first trained by F.M. Alexander.

Molly also draws on a wealth of experience applying the Alexander Technique to athletics and exercise, instrumental music, voice, dance, and more, with an emphasis on training teachers to bring students to their peak level of performance.

Additionally, Dr. Molly Johnson’s PhD in Neuroscience and Behavior gives her a solid background in kinesiology and the science of human movement and motor skill learning, which allows her to teach the most current information relating science to the Alexander Technique. Trainees will learn to apply principles of motor learning to their teaching and to intelligently discuss general scientific concepts in the areas of motor control and postural control. Trainees will also become familiar with the current research on the Alexander Technique.  Graduates will be knowledgeable and comfortable with outreach to medical professionals and scientists.

Curriculum Overview

Hands-on Skills & Teaching Procedures

This main aspect of the Alexander training program will focus on progressively developing hands-on skills in relation to a student. It will also develop specific teaching procedures used for table work and chair work given during private lessons.

Alexander Procedures

One or two procedures or activities will be worked on each week, focusing on both the performing of that activity, individually, and teaching that activity to students. We will focus on the main Alexander procedures: monkey, lunge, hands-on-the-back-of-chair, rising to toes, and whispered Ah. We will also touch on other activities we might work on with students within a lesson, such as walking, turning, breathing, or vocalizing.

Directed Activities

Trainees will be guided by the director and assistants through novel movements or activities. Trainees will not be learning to teach these activities; they are purely experiential. We will use a wide range of movements that involve using the body in a range of body positions, and speeds, always focusing on the application of the Alexander technique to novel circumstances.

Alexander’s Books

Use of the Self (1932)
Man’s Supreme Inheritance (1910)
Conscious Control (1912)
Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual (1923)
The Universal Constant in Living (1941)
Articles and Lectures (1894-1950)

Articles, Lectures & Videos

This part of the curriculum will include discussions of basic principles, guidance for new teachers, and trainee research projects. We will use discussions of articles, lectures, and videos to explore a range of topics relevant to the Alexander technique.

Anatomy & Science Lecture

The science curriculum will involve reading and lectures on basic anatomy, anatomy of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, functional anatomy, research on the Alexander technique, motor control, and motor learning.

Applying the Alexander Technique to Activities

We will occasionally work on applying the Alexander Technique to skilled activities, such as playing music, swimming, doing yoga, surfing, or acting. We will also work on how to work with private students on applying the Alexander Technique to their own activities.