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Steven Brennfleck, M.AmSAT, D.M.A.

Steven Brennfleck first came to the Alexander Technique as a college student in 2003. After years of suffering from persistent headaches and vocal problems, the Alexander Technique offered him effective and long-lasting relief from these and many other issues. In 2016, he received his teaching certification from the Alexander Technique Moving Arts Center in Austin, TX. His work as a teacher of the Technique has taken him around the country working with private pupils, groups, singers, conductors, instrumentalists, as well as non-musicians. He maintains a private practice in Austin and San Antonio along with frequent trips to Houston and New York City.

Steven received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin where his research included the benefits of the application of the Alexander Technique to conducting. He is also an active professional singer and the conductor of the Ars Longa Ensemble, a professional choir based in Austin, TX.

Steven Brennfleck, M.AmSAT, D.M.A

4646 Mueller Blvd
Austin, TX 78723
(609) 468-1451

Juniper Cole, M.AmSAT

Juniper Cole found the Alexander Technique after developing chronic pain in her neck and shoulder from martial arts. After experiencing the Technique, the logic of its principles and the resulting ease and balance in her body, Juniper began training as a teacher with Sumi Komo at the Alexander Technique Moving Arts Studio. Juniper completed her 3-year certification with Molly Johnson at the Alexander Training Center – Austin in 2019. 

Juniper’s enthusiasm for running, biking, swimming, yoga, and martial arts has developed her awareness and understanding of body movement. The Alexander Technique allows her to effectively apply her experience to improving students’ performance in their own disciplines, sports, movements, and skills. Juniper is also a certified yoga teacher. 

Juniper Cole, M.AmSAT
Downtown Austin, Texas

Paula Gruber, M.AmSAT

Paula maintains a teaching practice in Austin, where she trained at the Alexander Moving Arts Centre under the direction of Sumi Komo. She enjoys teaching the Technique to students of all backgrounds and observing them achieve enhanced awareness, greater ease and decreased pain in their everyday and special activities and performance. Her own experience working with chronic neck and back pain has given Paula a helpful perspective and insight in working with students who are challenged with chronic pain issues. She has been a performing member of Komo Danceworks since 2010 and credits the Technique with her return to dance after a hiatus of many decades. She studies Tango and Tai Chi, two practices that give her the opportunity to continue to explore the possibilities of movement informed by the principles of the Technique. Paula was certified in 2012 and is a member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique.

Paula Gruber, M.AmSAT

Austin, TX 78757
(512) 694-7531

Jameson James, M.AmSAT

Jameson James came to the Alexander Technique as a tool for his own singing more than 15 years ago. He began teaching voice in 2000 and realized by integrating Alexander instruction with his voice knowledge, he could help his students free their voices. In 2009, he completed the 3-year teaching training certification course at Alexander Technique New York City under John Nicholls and Nanette Walsh. As a member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique, he has taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the New England Conservatory, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, the Juilliard School, Diller-Quaille School of Music, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC, and his own private studios in NYC, Cambridge, and Austin. As a voice teacher, Jameson uses the Alexander Technique to integrate the physical and intellectual elements of sound production. He guides students to new expressiveness and effortlessness in their singing. He welcomes students of all ages and levels of experience. Jameson is a graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the New England Conservatory, and Alexander Technique New York City.

Jameson James, M.AmSAT
Austin, Texas 78735

Molly Johnson, M.AmSAT, Ph.D.

Like many people, Molly was introduced to the Alexander Technique because of pain. But she soon found that the Alexander Technique offered so much more than relief from wrist tendonitis. Molly entered an Alexander training course, certifying to teach in 2001. She overcame her pain issues, but also learned to use the Alexander Technique to improve her skills in the many activities she loved. 

Molly continues to use  the Alexander Technique while playing banjo, guitar, and mandolin and singing; exercising; and doing ballet and modern dance. As a certified Shaw Method instructor, Molly brings Alexander principles into the water to work with adults to improve their swimming, learn new strokes, or overcome a fear of water. She also loves to work with students on the application of the Alexander Technique to their own endeavors – whatever you do, she can help you do it even better. 

Interested in understanding the science of movement and posture, Molly completed a PhD in Neuroscience & Behavior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010, researching human motor control, motor learning, and biomechanics. She also received a postdoctoral fellowship from Washington University to study movement and psychosocial factors associated with low back pain development. Molly contributes to the scientific community as an adjunct Kinesiology professor at the University of the Incarnate Word and as a research consultant for the Poise Project.

Molly spends most of her time bringing the Alexander Technique to the world. As the Training Director of the Alexander Training Center – Austin, Molly oversees the training of Alexander Teachers in an AmSAT-approved 3-year training course. As a private Alexander teacher, she draws on her background in performing arts, athletics, and science and her extensive experience with the Alexander Technique to help students improve posture, overcome tension and pain, and make incredible progress in their skills and activities. 

Molly Johnson, M.AmSAT, Ph.D.
Alexander Teacher, Integrated Motion Studio
Training Director, Alexander Training Center – Austin
Northwest Austin, Texas 78729
(512) 537-5369

Donna Martin, M.AmSAT, M.A.

Donna Martin began teaching the Alexander Technique in 2004 upon completing a comprehensive, 3-year teacher training course requisite for teaching membership in the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). Since that time she has continued and deepened her study of the technique with her mentor, Karen Wentworth, of the Alexander Technique Studio in London, England.

Previous to her Alexander Technique experience Ms. Martin earned a B.F.A. in Ballet from Texas Christian University. She studied modern dance at the Merce Cunningham School in New York City and with members of the José Limón Dance Company. She has taught ballet and modern dance at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas, and Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the Houston Community College.

Ms. Martin enjoys working with a variety of students in many settings. She has worked with musicians, singers, actors and people with pain related to poor postural habits. She has conducted workshops and ongoing classes at the University of Texas, Informal Classes Program; Texas State University, Dept. of Musical Theatre; Baylor University, Dept. of Music, Arnone Flute Studio; and the University of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Music, Lewis Violin Studio.

The majority of her work is with private students in her own studio in Austin, Texas

Donna Martin
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 426-1827

Lucinda Meredith, M.AmSAT

Lucinda began studying the Alexander Technique as an undergraduate student at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.  In 2010, she graduated from the 1600- hour, 3-year training course at Alexander Technique Moving Arts Center directed by Sumi Komo.  She also graduated with her DMA in organ performance in 2010 where her thesis topic was The Alexander Technique’s Application to Organists.  While her primary interest in the Alexander Technique stems from its application to musicians, she enjoys teaching all types of students.

Lucinda Meredith, M.AmSAT
Austin, TX 78731

Alice Moore, M.AmSAT, M.S.

Alice Moore is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, with over 1600 hours of training that included a one year, supervised internship. She studied with Sumi Komo, a second generation, Master Alexander Technique teacher, and graduated from the Alexander Technique Moving Arts Centre® Teacher Training Program. She is member, in good standing, of the American Society of Alexander Technique Teachers. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Southwestern University and an MBA from St Edwards University. Alice enjoys her dogs and cats and lives with her life Partner in Austin, Texas.

Alice had a 30 year career in the High Tech computer industry. She enjoyed road cycling, hiking, swimming, learning new things, reading and traveling. Her life was forever changed after experiencing a disabling neck condition that left her in chronic pain and with significant physical limitations. She was unable to continue working or enjoying the physical hobbies she loved. In her search for ways to work with the chronic pain and limited mobility, the Alexander Technique allowed her to better manage the chronic pain and mobility issues. During Alexander Technique lessons, she learned to change how she used her mind / body in stillness and movement. Over time, changing her psychophysical use allowed her to better manage the physical and psychological pain.

Alice is passionate to share the benefits of the psychophysical experience that the Alexander Technique provides. Her life experiences, gives her a unique perspective on how the Alexander Technique can benefit people from all walks of life. During her Alexander Technique training, she researched how the Alexander Technique might help with fall prevention in the aging population. She would to teach adults The Alexander Technique to allow them to improve quality of life, balance and skills for avoiding falls. It’s never too late in life to learn something new. The Alexander Technique gives people an opportunity to positively influence their quality of life.  

Alice Moore, M.AmSAT, M.B.A., M.S.
Austin, TX 78717