Something You Are Always Practicing When You Practice Music (Whether You Know It Or Not)

One of the biggest frustrations that many of the musicians have who seek my help as an Alexander Technique teacher is with consistency. Sometimes this seems to be within the practice cycle itself (some days you have it; others you don’t). And sometimes it seems to be the gap between the practice room and the […]

Strength, Coordination And Endurance: Avoiding Confusion

Each faculty acquires fitness for its function by performing its function -Herbert Spencer A good number of musicians who seek my help as an Alexander Technique teacher do so because of a problem with endurance. In the simplest sense, they can’t seem to play for prolonged periods without fatigue and/or pain. In many of these […]

Ask Yourself These Four Questions To Make Your Practice Time More Effective

One of the things that many highly accomplished musicians have in common is the ability to practice in an efficient and effective manner. This is a skill that is cultivated and improved upon over a lifetime. As a practice coach, my main aim is to connect my client’s desires with their actions. In other words: […]

Teaching And Learning Music: A Built-In Problem In Exhanging Information

The longer I teach the Alexander Technique to musicians, the more frequently one particular issue arises: the lack of clarity between cause and effect where practice and technique are concerned. Below is a brilliant description of this potential obstacle to progress: The players/teachers do what they do; they tell the student what they think they […]

Optimizing Practice: Habit Versus Choice

After teaching the Alexander Technique to musicians for a number of years now, one thing I can assert with confidence is that there’s never such thing as a “typical” lesson. In fact, I usually have no idea what I’ll be working on with my student at the beginning of a lesson. My only agenda is […]