What is the Alexander Technique?
Alexander Technique increases ease, vitality, and presence, and often reduces pain and tension. Throughout our lives, we create habits that interfere with the natural way our bodies are intended to move. The Alexander Technique teaches you to notice and get rid of undesired habits, allowing day-to-day activities to become easier and more enjoyable. You can apply the principles to everything you do, including sitting, walking, working at a computer, and playing an instrument or a sport.
When applying the Alexander Technique to the guitar, you learn to hold your instrument and move in ways that are more efficient and less taxing on your body. You get rid of interference patterns and release tensions that were holding you back from reaching your expressive potential. Musicians who study AT not only avoid injury and have less pain, but they also become better musicians.
More information on the Alexander Technique can be found at www.AlexanderTechnique.com.
Amy's Training in the Alexander Technique
Amy is in her fourth year of study with the Contemporary Alexander School to become a certified Alexander Technique teacher. She first discovered AT when she was in intense pain and diagnosed with carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome while in a masters program in guitar performance at California State University, Fullerton. She studied the Alexander Technique with local teachers Dory Steinmetz and Christie Johnson. AT helped Amy complete her masters program and continue to enjoy performing and teaching the guitar with more ease. AT also helped enrich her ability to creatively express herself through playing music. She chose to become an Alexander Technique teacher to be a well-rounded educator to her guitar students and to bring AT to the guitar community.
Amy has completed two summer internships at the Meadowmount School of Music, where she worked with instrumentalists in private and group settings.
Alexander Technique Lessons
Amy teaches Alexander Technique lessons to musicians of all styles and ability levels. She has experience working with classical and electric guitarists, violinists, pianists, cellists, and singers. Musicians from all over the world can study the Alexander Technique with Amy over Skype. Lessons are tailored to the individual and often include:
Alexander Technique lessons are offered as group lessons or one-on-one private lessons. Lessons are given at Chrissie Vocal Studio in Tustin, CA, or over Skype. Private lessons are $70 per hour. Payment can be made by cash, check, Venmo, or PayPal. 48 hours notice is required to change a scheduled lesson.
Chrissie Vocal Studio
14761 Franklin Ave., Suite B
Tustin, CA 92780