Alexander for Musicians


The Alexander Technique is an education and practice that musicians from the top performance arts schools around the world use to overcome and prevent injury, and to support their highest levels of performance.

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Overcoming a music related injury (see bio) first brought Mark to the Alexander Technique, so teaching other musicians to move past their own limiting challenges is a true passion of his. After overcoming his injury and working professionally as a musician for several years, Mark shifted his focus to teaching the Alexander Technique to help other musicians move past their own tensions, strains, and stresses so they can do their best work.

Alexander Technique lessons with Mark help you to understand and reduce excess tension getting in your way of freedom of movement and performance. For vocalists lessons help you find greater freedom in breathing and enhance vocal production, and for all musicians lessons can help you access more efficient ways of playing your instrument and provide new tools to reduce performance anxiety.

Some key areas of focus in the lessons include:

  1. Learn to understand and change personal physical habits that interfere with optimal performance

  2. Learn to re-organize excess or unbalanced muscular tension - and overcome overuse/misuse injuries connected to playing your instrument.

  3. Enhance coordination for ease of movement

  4. Improve self-awareness for healthy and more efficient performance with your instrument

  5. Develop skilled use of yourself to feel and move better in practice, performance, and teaching

  6. Learn embodied, non-medication related supports to reduce and manage performance anxiety

  7. Remove limiting obstacles to self-expression and aliveness in your playing and reconnect to making music

An Alexander Technique practice is used by countless musicians including Paul McCartney, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, flutist James Galway, Sting (of course;), and many others.

Mark has a Bachelor of Music, teaches on faculty in the Capilano University Theatre program, and runs a private Alexander Technique practice where he helps musicians to overcome injury, and discover their fullest potential for ease, efficiency, and expression in their music and lives.


The Alexander Technique is taught in:

CANADA
McGill University, Faculty of Music
Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Standard Life Competition
University of Alberta, Department of Music/Augustana Campus/Department of Drama
Capilano University, Vancouver BC, Department of Theatre
Le Domaine Forget, Music and Dance Academy
Opera Nuovo, Vocal Arts Festival, Edmonton
Option-théâtre du Collège Lionel-Groulx
Globe Theatre, Regina
York University, Department of Theatre
The Royal Conservatory of Music
Université du Québec à Montréal, Department of Dance
University of Manitoba, Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Victoria, School of Music/ Division of Continuing Studies
Union des artistes
University of Toronto, Faculty of Music

UNITED STATES
American Conservatory Theatre
The Juilliard School, New York
The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
University of California
University of Maryland
The University of Texas at Austin
Boston University
University of Michigan
New York University
American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco
Circle in the Square Theatre School, New York
Manhattan School of Music
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
The Mannes College of Music, New York
Yale University School of Drama
The Miller Healthcare Institute for Performing Arts NYC

ENGLAND
The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
The Manchester School of Music
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London
Royal College of Music
Royal Academy of Music, London
Guildhall School of Music & Drama