The Alexander Technique for Musicians

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“To increase one’s capac­ity for coor­di­na­tion, how­ever slightly, is infi­nitely more reward­ing than any amount of hard labor at the key­board which does not serve that pur­pose.” - Harold Taylor

Musi­cians are fre­quently injured in the course of their per­form­ing careers, and most of these injuries are pre­ventable. The Alexan­der Tech­nique enables musi­cians to take care of them­selves and develop a healthy approach to their instru­ment. It has long been taught at pres­ti­gious con­ser­va­to­ries and music depart­ments, includ­ing Jul­liard. I was an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of the Alexan­der Tech­nique at the Cal­i­for­nia Jazz Con­ser­va­tory in Berke­ley, and have given Alexan­der Tech­nique work­shops and lessons at UC Berke­ley and San Jose State.

I have been play­ing the piano since the age of seven, and per­form­ing pro­fes­sion­ally for over thirty years. I have a BA in Music and have taught piano and jazz impro­vi­sa­tion pri­vately and at var­i­ous schools, includ­ing the SF Com­mu­nity Music Cen­ter and the Berklee Col­lege of Music.

I am trained in the Taub­man piano method, which is a means to vir­tu­os­ity based on nat­ural move­ments of the arm and hand. I believe that both the Alexan­der Tech­nique and the Taub­man approach are invalu­able in pre­vent­ing and over­com­ing the dif­fi­cul­ties that pianists often encounter. I do not give piano lessons, but I work with pianists at the piano, help­ing them to apply the prin­ci­ples of good use to their playing.

I have taught the Alexan­der Tech­nique to numer­ous musi­cians, vocal­ists, and con­duc­tors,  and have seen how pow­er­fully this work aids per­form­ers in achiev­ing freer self-expression and greater tech­nique. Over the years, I have devel­oped many insights into help­ing musi­cians deal with the par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges that they face.

See my arti­cle, “The Alexan­der Tech­nique: A Great Tool For Pianists”,  in Sound­Point

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