Musicians move for a living, just like dancers and athletes. The quality of your movement determines your quality of sound.
Rather than emphasizing position and posture, lessons in the Alexander Technique teach you how to find places of balance and optimal support in your playing or singing. By working with the body as another instrument, (or the main instrument!) that needs to be in tune just as a violin, you will refine your playing or singing skills in very specific ways. Study of the Alexander Technique will clarify that the way you think about your movement either contributes to disconnectedness or to integration. When you are in balance you will use only the postural tension that is on-going and necessary, and you will sense your core support as lightness and ease – not as effort. In balance, you will be comfortable and your coordination will be easy, which frees up your breath and entire neuromusculoskeletal system. With improved integration of your nerves, muscles, and skeleton, you will become a more finely-tuned instrument. You will produce a higher quality sound with less effort and tension and more ease and efficiency.
After studying with Constance for twelve weeks, I found that I could practice almost indefinitely without fatigue if I sang according to the principles she showed me.
Matthew Rahaim, Classical Indian Vocalist
A word from Constance: I love working with musicians. You are already so skilled in attending to many things at once and integrating those things in a dynamic way. The discipline that comes from learning an instrument is helpful in learning this practice as well. I myself am an amateur player of piano, fiddle and accordion.
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