Minnesota Center for the
Alexander Technique (MinnCAT)
Proprioception (or the kinesthetic sense) is an extremely important sense for musicians. Defined as our internal feedback system of effort, balance, and body position. Proprioception needs to be improved in nearly everyone. Any of our senses can easily become unreliable including the sense of proprioception.
Here is a Brian McCullough working with musicians:
Alexander principles address how the daily habits in the use of the self (such as sitting, standing and walking) affect seemingly disparate problems such as stage fright, musculoskeletal pain, playing induced injuries. For musicians the interplay of unconscious habits and body mechanics strongly affect tone production and technique. The Alexander experience is called a "lesson" because it is an educational process, not a passive therapy. All musicians benefit — from beginners to professionals.
Benefits for musicians include improved:
• tone quality
• stage presence
• technical control
• reduction in stress, anxiety, and pain
• ability to solve problems
• life-long learning and inspiration
Just a few musicians who've studied: Paul McCartney, Sting, Julian Bream, Yehudi Menuhin, James Galway, Sir Colin Davis, and musicians in every major orchestra and music institution.
MUSICIANS ! Register for this SUMMER week-long Intensive at the University of Minnesota — Mornings & early afternoons. Previous year, sample information is HERE.
Receive hands-on guidance, learn principles, interesting discussion, video, lectures, etc.
Pre-Register for THIS YEAR - 2021 HERE.
Brian McCullough teaches classes at the University of Minnesota. see here
Here's a nice video highlighting the Alexander Technique at the Juilliard School: