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Alexander Technique for Musicians

If you are a musician and looking for an intensive course for your own improvement, or to train as a teacher of the AT or to undertake postgraduate study with a special interest in work with musicians, then the MATTS course could be particularly suitable for you.

 

The teachers and students at our school include many professional musicians (classical, jazz, folk and popular) and many gifted amateur musicians. Our training course was, for many years, affiliated to the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), and we maintain strong ties.

 

Our most senior teacher, Malcolm Williamson, had a long career as a violist and taught the AT at the RNCM for nearly 40 years, and our most frequently attending senior teacher is a professional violinist. Several of our our teachers also teach at the RNCM and at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester and one of our teachers is in the Halle Orchestra. Our course director is an amateur classical musician with a special interest in voice and taught AT at the RNCM for several years. Our training course Moderator has been teaching at the Royal Academy of Music since 1984. Two of our teachers have organised large conferences for AT teachers who teach at Music Colleges.

 

Training at MATTS includes opportunities to shadow AT teachers at the RNCM and we may be able to organise similar opportunites at the RAC and other conservatoires.

A Handbook for Musicians Learning the Alexander Technique

A personal view for musicians, music students and their teachers, by Malcolm Williamson.

Malcolm Williamson studied at the Royal College of music and played the viola with major orchestras before training as a teacher of the Alexander Technique. Malcolm taught at the Royal Northern College of Music continuously from 1985 until 2023.

Some other resources for music and the Alexander Technique can be found about three-quarters of the way down our Members' Resources page.

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