Alexander Technique Workshop

Alexander Technique Workshop

Optimise music performance by increasing ease and efficiency

Sunday 27 May 2018

presented by Jeremy Woolhouse

10.00am - 4.30pm

(registration from 9.30am)

Camberwell High School
Prospect Hill Road, Canterbury, VIC, 3126

OUTLINE

A practical workshop for teachers and students of any instrument or voice

At this workshop we will explore how to:

  • optimise performance through constructive thinking
  • play with ease, efficiency and confidence
  • address patterns of movement, posture and unwanted tension
  • manage neck and back pain, tendinitis and RSI conditions
  • mange performance anxiety
  • improve comfort, technique and musical expression
  • apply learning in performance and teaching practice

Designed for music teachers and students of any instrument or voice, this workshop will explore the concepts and methods of Alexander Technique. Through a combination of lecture, demonstration and guided activities, participants will learn how to improve ease in performance and make positive changes for themselves. Participants are encouraged to bring their instrument and will be able to immediately apply their learning in their own performance or teaching practice.

TICKET PRICES
VMTA member: $150
Non-member: $225
Student: $80

VMTA member rate includes school members. Ticket prices inclusive of morning tea and afternoon tea. Please bring your own lunch.

HOW TO BOOK
Online credit card bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/368828.
Payment by direct deposit: email to request a direct booking form and invoice for payment.

Bookings close at midnight on Sunday 20 May.

BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT
As this will be a practical, hands-on workshop, teachers and students who play an instrument other than piano are encouraged to bring their instrument. This will enable participants to apply the concepts learned and receive immediate feedback in a group setting. A piano will be provided for pianists. Individual performance is not required; informal group participation with your instrument, or participation without playing will still be beneficial.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - DEMONSTRATION SESSIONS!
There will be an opportunity for some attendees to work at their instrument, one-to-one with Jeremy during the lecture-demonstration sessions. This will enable the group to see how Alexander Technique can be applied, and for some attendees to experience personalised instruction. The emphasis is on exploring the process of Alexander Technique, rather than presenting a performance-ready work. Any musical excerpt - even just a scale - is fine to work with. No special preparation is expected of volunteers. Both students and teachers are welcome to participate in the demonstration sessions.

To register your interest in volunteering for the demonstration sessions, please email Genevieve Newton, VMTA General Manager at

ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Jeremy Woolhouse is a pianist, composer, and teacher of Alexander Technique. He has been using The Technique to support professional performance and piano teaching since 1998. A music graduate of the VCA, Jeremy completed intensive Alexander Technique teacher training in Melbourne and has maintained a private Alexander teaching practice since 2006. He is keenly interested in musicians’ health and helping students reach their potential for ease and musicality.

For more information, please visit Jeremy’s website at https://www.poisealexandertechnique.com.au/

MEALS & REFRESHMENTS
Morning tea & afternoon tea will be provided. Please indicate any dietary requirements at the time of booking. BYO lunch or visit nearby cafe.

WHAT TO WEAR
Please wear clothing comfortable to move about in.

SPECIAL OFFERS
Non-members who apply and pay for their membership prior to booking may receive the member rate in advance of their membership being formally approved. To apply, please contact the office. A member of a state-based MTA or the GMTA may book at the member rate as part of a reciprocal arrangement.

VENUE INFORMATION
Assembly Hall
Camberwell High School
Prospect Hill Road, Canterbury, 3126

Registration is from 9.30 - 10.00 am. There is on-street parking and the school is accessible by public transport (nearest metro train stop is Riversdale Railway Station).

View the venue map here.

WORKSHOP PROGRAM

9.30 - 10.00 am Registration
10.00-11.15 am Introduction to Alexander Technique
At the end of this session, participants will have gained an understanding of the core principles of Alexander Technique. Participants will experience putting them to use, independently improving ease and comfort at a general and fundamental level.
11.15 - 11.45 am Morning Tea 
11.45 - 1.00 pm Principles in Action
In this section, we start to look at how Alexander Technique can be applied in specific examples at the instrument. Concepts of body mapping and integrating movements of poise with instrumental technique are explored.
1.00 - 2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 - 3.10 pm Making Connections
Looking more deeply at how we organise ourselves at the instrument, we can expand our understanding of habits which might interfere with ease and confident performance. Alexander Technique is presented as a framework for transcending this. Participants are also invited to play with procedures which help us experience a functional balance of tone.
3.10 - 3.30 pm Afternoon Tea
3. 30 - 4.30 pm Applications in Studio Teaching and Performance; Q&A
Methods are introduced to help participants explore and develop beyond the workshop, on their own, and into their teaching or performance practice. We look at the effects of positive coordination on musicality. This section will also allow for addressing specific questions from attendees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FURTHER INFORMATION
Genevieve Newton
General Manager
Tel: (03) 5243 4200
Email:

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