Why Study Here?
Why study at the Contemporary Alexander School?
What makes us different?
Living Arts Curriculum: Contemporary Real-Life Applications
The training emphasis is on being able to teach the fundamental principles of the Work to individuals and groups within the activities of their lives. We work with people while they are doing whatever they do – riding a horse, playing an instrument, working at a computer, cooking a meal, singing an aria – whatever. Within the training we go to where people work – to an artist’s studio, a riding arena, a tennis court, an ice skating rink, into a belly dancing class, up to the ski valley, or to a rehearsal of the local symphony. We work with people in their actual settings so they can recognize their actual habits. This allows trainees to become versatile, improvisational, and comfortable with teaching the principles in a wide variety of situations. It requires Trainees to deeply embody the principles of the Work, not just the form.
Self-Designed Programs: Flexible, Self-Paced, Non-Residential Study Options
Learning the Art of Touch: Highly Sophisticated Hands-On Skills
Like training as a musician or dancer, trainees build a regular practice of technical ‘etudes’, which develop an ability to work within a full range of technical skills: from very little contact to full body contact; from a very light touch to a weighted touch; how to effectively use all parts of the hands; how and why to spatially orient yourself to the student; etc. Trainees learn to discern and understand the patterns which create stress, tension, and injury directly thru their hands.
Beholding: In-depth Study of Pedagogy
Trainees learn how to teach a wide variety of people from all backgrounds, interests, and ages.
The training offers a range of pedagogical skills, including styles of learning, group dynamics, personality theories and a wide variety of teaching principles and theory. Trainees learn both “classical” and “contemporary” forms of conveying Alexander’s Principles. We also study with leading educators from a variety of fields, offering a wealth of personal and practical experience.
Trainees learn how to teach both individuals and groups. We learn the special skills necessary for successful group teaching, and, in particular, for crafting introductory workshops for specific interest groups. This is probably one of the most useful and important skills for building a successful and sustainable Alexander Practice.
Graduation is determined by proficiency. Everyone studies at their own rate, and everyone is ready in their own time. CAS offers full time trainees the possibility of continuing their training, even beyond the completion of tuition payments, until they and the Alexander Alliance International Directors agree that the trainee is proficient at embodying and imparting Alexander Work. After graduation, students may apply to study for an additional year as an apprentice for no additional tuition.
Alexander Plus: Complementary Integrative Studies
Living in a Body™ – a 20 hour professional body mapping certification course for educators
Body, Breath, & Sound™ – a series of workshops on the understanding and use of breath and sound
Ways of Knowing™ – exploration into the teachings and science of choice and manifestation
Visceral Unwinding – basic knowledge of visceral movement and support, in relation to AT
Sexological Studies– an intro to the contemporary field of sexological bodywork, in relation to AT
Learn by Doing: Worldwide Teaching and Apprenticeship Opportunities
Graduates and advanced trainees may also participate in CAS affiliated venues: for example, CAS is the resident Alexander Faculty at the prestigious Meadowmount School of Music in NY, USA, which attracts some of the world’s leading young musicians.
It Takes a Village:International Contemporary Alexander Community
As the American branch of the Alexander Alliance International, the Contemporary Alexander School is a ‘sister-school’ with Alexander Alliance Germany and Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka). As an CAS trainee, you may study for no additional tuition cost at these training programs throughout your training. Faculty and Directors of each of these schools are a part of the CAS faculty.
In addition, there is an annual international gathering held in New Mexico each August, with all of the International Directors team-teaching an innovative and lively immersion week, with graduates and trainees from all three countries. For more information, please visit www.alexandersummerretreat.com.