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:
- shoulder strain
- neck and back pain
- 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:
James Earl Jones
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.