Alexander Technique Institute and Teacher Training School

Voice and Breathing

Child orator Book of Shakespeare's Sonnets

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Voice Work

The Alexander Technique Institute Teacher Training School includes voice work within the course curriculum.

As a psychophysical re-education in the use of the self, the Alexander Technique is an invaluable method for all those interested in healthy vocal function and for the prevention and management of performance anxiety.

"I don't think too much importance can be placed on the application of the work to speaking. I do not mean specific speech training or elocution, as such, but the connecting of the conscious directions especially the preventive ones with the ordinary give-and-take conversation of everyday life...
(Alexander) often combined working on us with giving us the Shakespeare lines to speak...During one particular lesson, after he had worked on me a minute or two he placed a hand on top of my head and then told me to speak the lines, still maintaining my directions. I realised for the first time the meaning of 'thinking in activity'. The activity of speaking was part of the whole use of myself, and the experience of my voice expressing the meaning of the words, without any decision on my part 'to speak well' or to 'put expression into it' is one of my most valued recollections."

Irene Tasker
Montessori Teacher/ Alexander Teacher

Students have opportunity in:

As in Alexander's day, voice work advances to Shakespearean recitation in particular to the Sonnets.

Students receive instruction on:

Deep natural breathing, without exercise, is discussed and demonstrated. Constructive feedback from an Alexander Technique perspective is discussed and explored.

Students also study anatomy and physiology of the vocal and respiratory mechanisms.

For full course prospectus and information on short study intensives, outside teacher training: Contact Us

Voice Work!

Reading Aloud

Reciting Shakespeare's Sonnets

Public Speaking


"The hardest thing to attend to is that which is closest to ourselves, that which is most constant and familiar, this closest 'something' being precisely ourselves...
In the Alexander Technique, a means is to hand whereby this task may be successfully accomplished."

Professor John Dewey
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For full course prospectus
and information on
short study intensives,
outside teacher training:
Contact Us