Alexander Technique for Musicians I

Our body is our main instrument; the Alexander Technique (AT) helps us “tune” it to help us stay at peak performance level. By addressing everyday posture, coordination, breath and habits, the Alexander Technique offers freedom from excess tension, prevents injury and helps with chronic pain.

For over 100 years the Alexander Technique (AT) has helped musicians, actors, dancers, athletes and others get rid of unnecessary tensions and perform with ease and enjoyment.

In these experiential workshops the students will work on developing their awareness of how they usually interfere with the body’s natural alignment and coordination and learn tools to change the habits that may be causing fatigue or pain.

Each class will have a lecture/PowerPoint part, an experiential/hands-on/awareness games component, and student performances to apply the tools learned to actual performing.

The Alexander Technique has been proven to:

-Reduce back and neck pain.

-Reduce arm tension/pain.

-Optimize breathing.

-Help with stress.

-Improve posture.

-Facilitate movement.

-Provide a sense of being centered and fully connected with the music and audience.

-Enhance performance.

-Help with performance anxiety

The classes will be taught through:

-Hands-on instruction.

-Lectures/PowerPoint presentations.

-Introduction to the AT principles.

-Directed activities/games.

-Body mapping.


-In-class practice.

-Experiential exercises

Student Testimonials:

I believe that if you use Alexander Technique skills to change your perception and develop great self-awareness, you can literally change your world. Clara Sandler is a phenomenal teacher, who is intelligent, engaging, talented, open-minded, and very kind. Anyone would be lucky to take her Alexander Technique class and be better off with it. - Julia Nadeau, vocalist

Alexander Technique for Musicians I and II has helped me immeasurably. The deeper work within the context of the Alexander Technique lessons has opened up my approach to music and has helped me to be a more open and trusting person. I cannot recommend Clara Sandler's Alexander Technique for Musicians I and II classes enough! - Lou-Anne Kroutil, Music Theory Certificate student

The class atmosphere is always positive as students give feedback to each other on their use of AT, and professor Sandler always gives excellent advice on how to use your body efficiently and eliminate your bad habits. Taking this course taught me how to avoid being stiff and also taught me the ways that I can deal with performance anxiety. I've seen significant improvement on my performance style as well...The Alexander Technique has helped improve my everyday life and my music life - Mari Kurita, Voice Certificate student

  • Fall 2020
Alexander Technique illustration of the human spine