Training Team

Students at MATTS benefit from the experience and skills of many teachers. About 30 teachers are regularly involved in the work of our training course and students can usually expect to see at least 10 different teachers during the course of a normal week of training. Our lead teachers have all had many years of experience in the training of teachers.

In addition to these, MATTS has strong connections with other training courses and with the broader community of Alexander Technique teachers. Our students benefit from visits by notable teachers from elsewhere in the UK and from around the world.

Peter Bloch BA, MSTAT is the training course director of MATTS and teaches at the school most days.

Peter trained as a teacher in London with Walter and Dilys Carrington; Walter Carrington was trained by Alexander himself in the 1930s. Peter has maintained a private practice and taught in conservatoires and colleges, since qualifying as a teacher in 1987, in London, Manchester and Cheshire.

 

For many years, both before and after training, Peter studied extensively with almost all of the surviving teachers who had trained with Alexander.

Peter has a longstanding special interest in the training and professional development of Alexander Technique teachers, organising events both large and small to this end. In 2001 he assisted Malcolm Williamson in the setting up of the new Manchester Alexander Technique Training School (MATTS) and was assistant director of the course for five years. During the period that MATTS was closed he led a weekly CPD class for teachers which was attended by many teachers from throughout the region and which continues today as the 'Thursday Class'.

 

More information about Peter and details of his private teaching practice in Wilmslow.

Peter Bloch, course director Manchester Alexander Technique Training School (MATTS)

​Malcolm Williamson BA, ARCM, MSTAT is the director emeritus of MATTS and teaches at the school most Thursdays and occasionally on other days also.

Malcolm has been teaching since 1984. He founded the Manchester Alexander Technique Training School (MATTS) in 2001 and trained a total of 35 Alexander teachers up to 2017. He continues at the school as a senior teacher and director emeritus.

Since 1985 he has been an Alexander tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Malcolm was a member of the Scottish National Orchestra for many years and then trained as an Alexander teacher with Walter and Dilys Carrington. He served on STAT’s governing council for 10 years, including as Treasurer and Chair, and was Editor of Statnews (1988–2000). Malcolm has written numerous articles and been a contributing author and editor of three books about the Technique.

 

Malcolm is a regular visiting teacher for the training schools in Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Tallinn.

More information about Malcolm, details of his private teaching practice in Manchester and a list of his publications.

Jane Osgood BSc, CQSW, Dip. CSW, Dip. Group Work in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,

BA Fine Art photography, MSTAT is the assistant director of MATTS and leads the class on Wednesday each week.

Jane qualified in 1994 at the Fellside school and completed a postgraduate term at The Constructive Teaching Centre with Walter and Dilys Carrington.

In addition to teaching the AT in companies, teaching Social Workers and Police, and adults in FE colleges, Jane runs a busy private practice. Several of Jane's pupils have trained to become teachers (including the previous Chair and Secretary of STAT).

Jane has participated in the running of our CPD classes over the last few years and co-led our 'Wednesday Classes' for propective trainees for one year.

 

More information about Jane and details of her private teaching practice in New Mills in the Peak District.

Liz Hulse BSc, Cert.Ed, MSTAT is the co-assistant director of MATTS and teaches at the school one or two days each week.

Liz was one of the first teachers to train at MATTS and since qualifying in 2004 taught on the course each week as an assistant teacher for 13 years until 2017.

At the new Chapel Lane location, Liz works with the trainees; giving turns, taking games and teaching a supervised hands-on group for experienced pupils, trainee teachers and less experienced teachers.

Liz is sometimes available for individual lessons (usually only for teachers, trainee teachers and potential trainee teachers) at the MATTS main site in Wilmslow.

Dorothea Magonet Hon ARAM, MSTAT is the STAT-appointed training course Moderator of MATTS and visits our school most terms.

​Dorothea became interested in the Alexander Technique in the early 1970’s during her Physiotherapy training and completed her Alexander teacher training with Misha Magidov in London in 1983.

She assisted on the North London Teachers' Training Course and has regularly taught as a visiting teacher on training courses in London, Manchester, Kendal and Amsterdam. She regularly teaches and runs workshops in Japan and Europe. In addition, she has been teaching musicians and singers at the Royal Academy of Music since 1984.

Dorothea has served on STAT’s governing council, including as Honorary Secretary and Chair of the Society. She also served as Chair of the Training Course Committee and was involved in the process of Voluntary Self-regulation of the Alexander Technique profession until 2004.

More information about Dorothea and details of her private teaching practice in London.

Dorothea is usually available for private lessons for qualified teachers and experienced students during her visits to Wilmslow.

Malcolm Williamson, Director Emeritus
Jane Osgood, assistant director of MATTS
Liz Hulse, assistant director of MATTS
Dorothea Magonet, STAT-appointed Moderator of MATTS

Other regular and occasional teachers at MATTS

Sue Fleming Alexander Technique teacher

Sue Fleming

BSc, MSc, PhD, MSTAT

A regular teacher at MATTS, Sue lives and works in Chorlton in Manchester, having trained at MATTS. She teaches individuals and groups, and has worked across charity and business sectors. She has supported STAT through 8 years on Council (Treasurer and Chair), on the training committee, and currently as International Liaison. Sue is particularly interested in working with the singing voice, and brings the Technique to her garden and allotment, and learning the piano and Tai Chi.

Annalisa Faenza Alexander Technique teacher

Annalisa Faenza

MSTAT

Annalisa teaches in MATTS most weeks. She first encountered the Alexander Technique when looking for help with back pain and when she found that every lesson brought a sense of well-being decided to train as a teacher. Annalisa gave up her work with the civil service to train at MATTS and has been a regular teacher on the course for several years.

 Annalisa says, "my back pain has virtually disappeared and an unexpected (at the time) by-product of the technique has been that my singing in an amateur choir has become much freer and the sound I produce is fuller."

Annalisa offers lessons in Didsbury, Manchester.

Jenny Fox-Eades Alexander Technique teacher

Jenny Fox Eades
MA (Cantab), PGCE,  MA, Dip. Th. , PhD, MSTAT

Jenny is a frequent visitor at MATTS and will be teaching modules related to the theory and ethics of education. Jenny has more than 30 years' experience (7 with the A.T.) teaching groups and a PhD in Well-being in Education. She also has professional qualifications in group skills and dynamics.

In addition to her work in our classes, Jenny is a visiting teacher at Alexander groups in Wilmslow and South Manchester and teaches 1:1 lessons in Macclesfield. 

As well as modelling the skills that make teaching in general, and group teaching in particular, a joy and a success, Jenny explains to visiting teachers and trainee teachers the group processes and dynamics behind these skills and provides safe opportunities for them to practice the skills for themselves in a supportive environment.

Jenny is currently training at The Queens Foundation in Birmingham to become an Anglican priest. One of her key interests is the Alexander technique as a spiritual practice for those of any faith or none. 

Janet Pinder Alexander Technique teacher

Janet Pinder-Emery

BGRSM, PGCE, MSTAT

A violin teacher, Janet trained in London at Alexander Teaching Associates, qualifying in 1986. She then taught the Technique in Chester for 33 years, before moving to Ambleside, Cumbria, where she now lives and teaches the Technique.

 

Janet understands the challenges faced by musicians; she taught music students at the RNCM for several years, and community drama student groups at LIPA. She has worked with a wide variety of people of all ages, including children. Some have lessons to help overcome a problem, others to help maintain a good state of balance and functioning.

 

Janet welcomes enquiries from people studying at MATTS who would like some lessons with her - perhaps combined with a short holiday in the Lake District.

Member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT)

Rhiannon Jones

MA, BMus (hons), PGCE, MSTAT

Rhiannon lives in Chester and offers lessons in Queen’s Park, Chester with a studio overlooking the River Dee.

An experienced librarian and primary school teacher, Rhiannon sings with the Hallé Choir in Manchester and is a multi-instrumentalist. Rhiannon serves STAT as a Council member.

Gillian Pierce Alexander Technique teacher

 Gillian Pierce

BSc, MSc, MSTAT

Gillian teaches in MATTS most weeks. She came to the AT because of back trouble and when it enabled profound change,decided to train as a teacher to be able to help others. She has a practice in Macclesfield.

Gillian enjoys hill walking, gardening, singing, visiting tea shops and giving illustrated talks. 

Gill Thorndyke Alexander Technique teacher

Gill Thorndyke

 MSTAT

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Karen McCarthy Alexander Technique teacher

 Karen McCarthy

MSTAT

kmmc@live.co.uk

07867 638 855, 0161 224 5649

Su Harrison Alexander Technique teacher

Susan Harrison

MSc, MSTAT

Susan has a background in Clinical Physiology and worked for the NHS as a  Cardiac Sonographer for 30 years. 

Susan also teaches the technique at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Andrea Hughes Alexander Technique teacher

Andrea Hughes

Andrea lives and works in Altrincham, Cheshire and also teaches in Central Manchester (flyer) and Didsbury. She teaches at MATTS most weeks, usually on a Friday. In addition, she teaches a regular, long established group class for the public in Fallowfield, Manchester.

Andrea has a background in television production design and is an artist and trained at Fellside and at MATTS. She has been a regular teacher on the course since her graduation.

Andrea is enthusiastic about the possibilities of helping people to become happier, more mobile and experience a reduction in pain through the application of the priniciples of the Alexander Technique to their everyday lives.

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John Nicholls
MSc, MSTAT

John will be visiting MATTS about twice each year.

A notable senior teacher, John has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 45 years and has supervised the training of over 100 teachers. His most recent visit in March 2022 attracted teachers and students from all over the UK

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 Marie Leenhardt

Marie teaches at MATTS most weeks, usually on a Saturday. She is a classical musician and Principal Harp with the Halle orchestra in Manchester. She is a frequent teacher at MATTS and also teaches at Chetham's School of Music. Born in France Marie is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Marie also loves dancing, hiking and climbing.

Marie is available for private lessons in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21

Member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT)

 Sue Fergusson

MSTAT

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David Hudson Alexander Technique teacher

 David Hudson

MSTAT

David  based in Macclesfield and teaches across Cheshire and the South Manchester area.

As well as teaching privately, he is particularly interested in introducing the Technique to performers of all abilities and has regularly delivered workshops to groups of music and drama students. 

He also teaches the guitar and is a graduate of Leeds College of Music.

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Pete Robinson

 Pete Robinson
BA, PGCE, ATCL, mSTAT 

Pete trained as a teacher with Malcolm Williamson at MATTS.  He qualified in 2007 and continued to attend as a visiting teacher for many years.  A regular teacher at MATTS, he really enjoys helping trainees deepen their understanding of the technique and develop their individual teaching skills.   Pete  He has also maintained a private Alexander practice in Manchester and Stockport, and currently teaches from his home in Heaton Mersey.  

Pete is also a professional musician and music teacher and continues to perform and record regularly.  Currently, Pete is on the staff at the RNCM having previously taught in various FE and HE establishments.  He also enjoys providing workshops and groups to a wide range of organisations across the arts, education, charity and industrial sectors.

 

Pete has a strong interest in improving the range and quality of Alexander Technique material available online.  He runs an Alexander Technique Youtube Channel and publishes online courses.

Teaching Practice:

www.thinkingup.co.uk

 

Alexander Videos

www.movementandposture.com

 

email: Pete@movementandposture.com

 

Private Teaching Practice:

37 Cherry Holt Avenue

Heaton Mersey

Stockport

SK4 3PS

 

07986 360489

Member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT)

 Sallie Bancroft

Sallie is an experienced Neurophysiotherapist (retired)

Sallie teaches Anatomy and Physiology on the training course.

Sallie is also a student trainee.

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Kim Cant Alexander Technique teacher

  Kim Cant

MSTAT 

Kim enjoys sailing, skiing, cycling and plays golf regularly  Kim has a particular interest in improving sports performance and strongly believes that the Technique can help to do this through improving balance, poise and breathing.

 

Kim teaches at her home in Warrington where she has a dedicated teaching studio.

Member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT)

 Andy Moorhouse

MSTAT

I started studying AT in 1992 - I had played the piano since I was 6 and spent a lot of my life writing music and playing in rock and jazz bands alongside my career as a research engineer. But I got to a point where I realised that my playing was never going to get any better no matter how much I practised because of tension in my shoulders and hands. Fortunately, I came across the AT and started having lessons with Malcolm Williamson at the Royal Northern College of Music. The bad habits started to drop away and I quickly realised that AT gave me a way of working on myself which I’m still using today. I completed my training at MATTS in 2013.

Bottom's Farm, 788 Rochdale Road, Todmorden, OL14 7UA

a.t.moorse@gmail.com

07977598064

Charlotte Woods Alexander Technique Teacher in Broadbottom SK14

 Charlotte Woods

MSTAT

Charlotte is a frequent visitor to MATTS. A graduate in psychology, Charlotte worked in education internationally for many years before taking up a lectureship at the University of Manchester in 1996. She first had lessons in the Alexander Technique with Malcolm Williamson in 2003, and these helped her manage the chronic neck pain that had troubled her for many years. Charlotte left the University in 2015 in order to train as an Alexander teacher at MATTS and to assist in the care of her mother, who had dementia. As well as teaching the Alexander Technique, Charlotte is actively involved in promoting the technique through research and writing: she is a member of the Research Group of  the Society for Teachers of the Alexander Technique and of the Alexander Studies Online team. 

Maggie Bishop Alexander Technique teacher

 Maggie Bishop

B.Ed, MSc, MSTAT

Maggie lives in Nottinghamshire and teaches in Nottingham and Collingham near Newark. Maggie has a background in education.

 

When lessons in the AT proved remarkably and quickly effective in stopping her knee pain, back pain and frequent migraines Maggie decided to train.

"I loved my job working in a local authority but decided that I would become an Alexander Technique teacher. Since then, I’ve never looked back. I reckon the Alexander Technique has given me a 20-year extra life-span, improving my fitness and health."

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Alex Proudfoot
 MSTAT

Whilst at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama at Glasgow in the 1980s I was fortunate to have group and individual Alexander Technique lessons as part of the course.

I undertook the three year training to become a Teacher of the Alexander Technique at the Alexander Technique Training Centre in Devon (now the Centre for Constructive Awareness and Related Education) and graduated in 1987.  

I took a short break from teaching in the 1990s and re-trained at the Manchester Alexander Technique Training School (MATTS).

The Clockworks

93 Princess Road

Moss Side

MANCHESTER

M14 4BR