Before learning to teach someone else, the aspiring Alexander teacher must first learn to put the principles of the Technique into practice for themselves in their own lives, and this is where the Alexander Technique teacher training course begins.
Throughout our lives we learn many attitudes associated with trying harder and getting things done more quickly, so we tend to use a lot more tension than is necessary. During the three-year training course, we examine what those attitudes are, perhaps where they came from, and whether we really need them.
Learning is a different experience for each student and takes time, care and attention. The Technique is taught and learned by individuals and the teaching approach is therefore adapted to the individual. This process is a creative one in which students learn from their mistakes, as well as their successes; we are discovering limits as well as going beyond them. Learning the Technique is a process of experimentation. Making mistakes can provide us with more information than “getting things right”.
Students are encouraged and expected to participate actively: the teacher and the student are engaged together in making discoveries. We also understand that change may make students vulnerable and we aim to provide a secure, friendly and non-threatening environment for learning the Technique.
On the course, we like to approach things with an attitude of curiosity, play and exploration, and this is reflected in the teachers themselves and the activities chosen. Our teachers embody a wealth of experience, with many decades of Alexander teaching amongst them, as well rich and varied life experiences. We have teachers who have been, or still are, active in the world of music, dance, theatre, the visual arts, business, childcare, nursing and construction.
The Alexander Technique Studio (ATS) is in the tradition of the original teacher training course run by F. M. Alexander and continued by Walter Carrington and others. Karen Wentworth, Alison Harper and all of the senior teachers at ATS trained with Dilys and Walter Carrington, both of whom benefitted from the expertise passed on to them from Alexander himself. The Carringtons developed their teacher training skills over six decades and this heritage continues to thrive and evolve at ATS, where the course empowers trainees to use the Technique to support themselves and their pupils in doing the things they love, moving toward their authentic selves and living life to the full.