For Performers

FOR PERFORMERS

Katrina takes in air with minimal effort, which makes long passages easier and improves her tone

One of the best and most well-known applications for the Alexander Technique is for playing music, singing, acting and public speaking.

Your body, mind, emotions and quality of physical effort help you connect and be present with your audience, your art, and with yourself, whenever you perform. When you learn to use only as much effort as necessary, to breathe and move without excess tension or contortion, the enjoyment you experience when performing is not only possible, but inevitable.

Performers know the importance of using themselves well. Their breathing, coordination and body ease improve noticeably . You sense more ease during the first lesson.

Using yourself well also helps you avoid and alleviate pain, so you
prevent problems before they begin.

Performers use the Alexander Technique most often for two reasons:

 

Eliminate pain

  • tendonitis
  • shoulder strain
  • neck and back pain
  • fatigue

 

Optimize performance

  • improve sound and vocal quality
  • play with greater ease
  • improve sensory awareness
  • improved balance and coordination
  • enhanced stage presence
  • reduce/eliminate stage fright
  • develop an inner sense of calm
  • more enjoyment while performing

 

Some renowned actors and musicians who have studied the Alexander Technique include:

Julie Andrews
William Hurt
Jeremy Irons
James Earl Jones
Paul McCartney
Kelly McGillis
Hilary Swank
Annette Bening

Patti Lupone
Paul Newman
Sting
Maggie Smith
Mary Steenburgen
Robin Williams
Joanne Woodward
members of the New York Philharmonic

 

The Alexander Technique is taught in conservatory and university programs around the world, including:

The Juilliard School
Ohio State University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
New England Conservatory of Music
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
American Dance Festival
Yale School of Drama
Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

Performers all over the world have accomplished these goals by learning how to change their habits so that they use their bodies more easily and efficiently, and stop the wear and tear on tear on their bodies through “mis-use.” This often makes the difference between early retirement and a long career. The icing on the cake is that these numerous benefits spill over into every aspect of your life, so that you stop the wear and tear no matter what you do.

 

“Forty years ago, after one of my concerts, Adrian Boult told me that if I continued to conduct like that I’d become a cripple, and that I must take lessons in the Alexander Technique. Today I am still having lessons – as with music, there is no end to the learning process. It affects not only the use of the body, but also one’s views of oneself and one’s behavior. For the aches and ills that come with the years, the Technique can work miracles.”
– Sir Colin Davis, Conductor

 

 

Before Kevin prepares to grip the club, he stands upright, keeping his back relaxed and long.
Kevin takes a moment to ensure he’ll use only the effort he needs.
Kevin keeps the length along his torso and throughout his legs, so his effort is easy and his swing is controlled and free.