Alexander Technique

with Brittany Karlson

Saturday, March 21, 2020

11AM

Alexander Technique

  • School of Music workshop

A two hour dive into the work of F.M. Alexander (1869-1955)!
 
We take great care learning to play our instruments, but often don’t think of our bodies as instruments, too–here is an opportunity to learn some practical tools to do so during an introductory Alexander Technique workshop taught by Brittany Karlson. 
 
Alexander Technique is a process involving identifying postural habits which cause undue muscular tension, and making a conscious decision to organize the head/neck/back/feet relationship in a new way which minimizes wear and tear and injury during the repetitive demands of everyday life (i.e. playing an instrument, computer work, exercise, household chores, etc). 
The parts of the body working together as a whole: a symphony, instead of a cacophony! 
 
During the workshop, we will cover:
Introduction to the Technique (what is it?), how it is taught, F.M. Alexander’s story, 5 principles of the Technique, demonstration using verbal and gentle hands-on guidance
 

After learning AT basics, we’ll have some time to see how the material relates to our instruments–please bring your instruments! Open to anyone interested at any skill level.

 
Bassist/vocalist Brittany Karlson is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher, having completed a 1600-hour, three year training course under the direction of Ruth Kilroy. She began studying the Technique in 2014 after a bout with tendonitis and completed teacher training in Oct 2019.

The Passim School of Music is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator. Limited to 8 students (16 yrs of age or older); 3 students are required for class to meet. If a class is canceled due to low enrollment, you will receive a full refund.

Brittany Karlson

Bassist/vocalist Brittany Karlson is an adventurous musician with roots in jazz, American old time and bluegrass, and improvised music. She has performed across the USA, Canada, and Europe in a variety of ensemble settings, including improvised trio Letter Castle and American old-time/bluegrass/Swedish string band The Goodbye Girls. Karlson performs original songs under the moniker Karl, having released debut album “Feast Day” on Lungbasket Recordings and will release upcoming album “And the Green Grass Grows all Around” in 2020. She also has a solo project involving a comedic sound puppet show from behind the bass. As a visual artist, she makes finger puppets as well as collaborates with composer Steven Long to create collage work under the name Vanitas. Karlson is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher and teaches private lessons in Jamaica Plain, Boston.

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