Training

The course for becoming a teacher of the Alexander Technique lasts for three years. Each school year is spread over ten months and is divided into three terms. The school follows the Paris School calender for vacation and holidays. The student commits to three years of study and can begin the training at the start of any trimester. Class takes place from Monday to Thursday, from 9AM to 1PM.

Teaching programme

  HISTORY

>Alexander’s life and his discoveries

>Developing the Technique and the profession

>The writings of Alexander : The Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual,The Universal Constant in Living

Man’s Supreme Inheritance, The Use of the Self

>Reading and analysing selected writings on the Alexander Technique and on other similar techniques

  PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS

>Use and Functioning

>Recognition of the Force of Habit

>The unreliable nature Sensory Awareness

>Inhibition

>Doing and Non-Doing

>End-gaining versus the means whereby, or, The obsession with the goal, rather than with the process

>Giving the directions to oneself, and active thinking

>The Primary Control and the dynamic relationship between head/neck and back

  CAPACITIES TO ACQUIRE

>A good Use of Oneself

>The awareness of one’s reaction to stimuli and the capacity to inhibit that reaction

>The constant amelioration of one’s own global use : mental, physical and emotional

>Learn to develop a better use and learn to keep it while teaching

>To maintain one’s directions while teaching, speaking and developing one’s touch

>The quality of touch : the quality of the hands, the continuously renewed intention of Doing and Non-doing

>Practicing maintaining inhibition with the student moving, and guiding him/her through procedures,

simple movements, and complex movements.

>The ability to deal with any kind of situation, by letting go

>Basic knowledge of the anatomy of the moving body

  PROCEDURES

>Table and chair work.

>Hands on the back of the chair

>Positions of mechanical advantage (The Monkey)

>Squat

>Yoyo

>The Dart procedures like crawling, walking on all fours, to standing up.

>Back and hands against the wall and against a stool or a table

>Table work adapted to the floor

>The whispered “Ah”

>Voice work

>Vision work

  EXPLORING MOVEMENT

>Study, discussion and experiential work in walking, through dance, playing with balls, masks, juggling, yoga and Tai Chi

>More anatomy and spiral studies in movement

  PEDAGOGY

>Opening to other teachers and other techniques

>Giving an introductory lesson to a group

>Giving a lesson to the first-time student

>Feed-back and follow-up (internal and external supervision)

>Giving a workshop to a specific group : psychotherapists, musicians, actors, dancers, horseriders…)

  PROJECTS ANS INDEPEDENT STUDIES

>A written thesis at the end of the training

>An oral presentation to the teachers and other students, on a subject of one’s choice.

 LIST OF BOOKS TO READ

>A list of books is established in the beginning of the year.

 
 

Calendar

FIRST TERM

Christine: Tuesday and Thursday- Claire : Sur Zoom on wednesday- Odyssée : everyday.
 

01/09/2020 - 15/10/2020   6 semaines.

16/10/2020 - 01/11/2020   Vacances Toussaint.

02/11/2020 - 18/12/2020   7 semaines.

18/12/2020 - 03/01/2021   Vacances Noël.

Guess teachers :

Pedro de Alcantara : 7,8,17,21 Sept, 1,6,12 Oct, 2,16 Nov, 14 Dec.

Workshop: Voice.

Alexandra Fridrici: 3,17 Nov, 1,15 Dec

Véronique Marco : 15 Sept, 13 Oct, 24 Nov, 8 Dec.

Workshop: Applied anatomie in movement with the Alexander principles. 

Nina Hutchings : 9 Nov, 10 Nov.  

Workshop :  Vision with Bates method..

SECOND TERM

Christine: Tuesday and Thursday- Claire : Wednesday- Odyssée : everyday.

04/01/2021 - 11/02/2021  6 weeks.

12/02/2021 - 28/02/2021  Winter holiday.

01/03/2021 - 31/03/2021  5 weeks.

Invited professors:

Pedro de Alcantara: 11 Jan, 1 Mars  

Véronique Marco   

Anne Fischer : 

Nina Hutchings

Peter Ribeaux  :  
 

Alex Farkas      :  

THIRD TERM 
Christine: Tuesday and Thursday- Claire : Wednesday- Odyssée : everyday.

 01/04/2021 - 15/04/2021: 2 weeks 

 16/04/2021 - 02/05/2021: Easter.

 03/05/2021 - 27/06/2021: 8 weeks.

Guess teachers :

Pedro de Alcantara :
Anne Fischer          :
Peter Ribeaux        :
Veronique Marco   : 

International exchanges:Falkenheim with the School of Berlin, London and Copenhague : from 25 to 28 June. 

The calendary is ajusted constantly, depending on the holiday, the invited professors, and the trips of the school. At least 534 hours of teaching is assured from September to June. 

Condition of Admission

> Visiting the school several times is highly recommended, before the interview with the head of training and her assistants.
> Candidates for admissions are required to have received thirty private lessons in the Technique before starting training, or to show a letter of recommendation from a teacher recognized by STAT or APTA.
> The interview and a private lesson with each of the permanent teachers allow us to evaluate the candidate’s level of knowledge, openness, and stability -- qualities necessary for the makings of a good teacher.
> Signature of a contract between the school and the student.
> Obligatory membership in APTA, l’Association des Professeurs de la Technique Alexander en France.

Most future students are already teachers or professionals in the fields such as medicine, languages, music, dance, theater and sports. Physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, nurses and engineers, actors and doctors... all professions are represented, since back problems and depression are so widespread in our society.
 

> See students testimonials

 

Fees

Annual tuition......................................6 650 €
Moderator fees.....................................80 €
Student Membership in APTA.............50 €
Four books by F.M. Alexander….........20 € x 4 (copies)
Anatomy book.......................................Your choice

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108 Avenue de Fontainebleau

94270 Le Kremlin-Bicêtre.

Metro Kremlin-Bicêtre.
T : +33 (0)6 68 68 64 20

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