accredited by American Society for Alexander Technique (AmSAT)
certified by Balance Art Center, NYC (BAC)
The Alexander Technique (AT), named after Frederick Matthias Alexander, is an educational process that develops the ability to realign posture and to avoid unnecessary muscular and mental tension. Alexander believed the individual's self-awareness could be inaccurate, resulting in unnecessary muscular tension such as when standing or sitting with body weight unevenly distributed, holding one's head incorrectly, walking or running inefficiently, and responding to stressful stimuli in an exaggerated way. Alexander said that those who habitually "misused" their muscles could not trust their feelings (sensory appreciation) when carrying out activities or responding to situations emotionally.
Alexander developed the technique's principles in the 1890s in an attempt to alleviate breathing problems and hoarseness during public speaking. He credited the technique with allowing him to pursue his passion for acting in Shakespearean theater.
The Alexander technique is used and taught by classically trained vocal coaches and musicians.Its advocates claim that it allows for a balanced use of all aspects of the vocal tract by consciously increasing air-flow, allowing improved vocal technique and tone. Because the technique has allegedly been used to improve breathing and stamina in general, advocates also claim that athletes, people with asthma, tuberculosis, and panic attacks have also found improvements. The technique is said by actors to reduce stage fright and to increase spontaneity. People tend to study the Alexander Technique in an attempt either to rid themselves of pain, to increase their performance abilities, or for reasons of personal development and transformation.
Elizabeth Miller received her AmSat Certification in Alexander Technique training with Certified AT Trainer Ann Rodiger at the Balance Arts Center in New York City in December of 2015. An active performing violinist and violin teacher, she has an active school for young string players called the Hudson Heights String Academy
in Upper Manhattan. Founding the school after teaching in many respected schools such as The Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department and Rutgers University. She also has been Certified in Living In a Body with ATi Certified Instructor Robyn Avalon and attended her two week workshop before entering AT training in New York. Living in a Body is an incredible weekend exploration of the body's muscle layers through hands on experience with self study, partner work and book learning. A prolific performer of the violin, she plays with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, New York Scandia Symphony and helped form the Scandinavian Music Festival of Ft. Tryon Park after years of avid freelancing on Broadway and at Lincoln Center.
Classical Alexander Technique lesson including a table-turn: $90 an hour
Alexander Technique lesson with a violin: $125 an hour
Alexander Technique lesson with all other instruments: $100 an hour
Alexander Technique Classes
$20 per class
Thursdays at 1pm
April 11th, April 18th, May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th, May 23rd, May 30th