The Ottawa School of the Alexander Technique will close its doors in December 2019 to open a new chapter in Montreal in January 2020.

If you are interested in the Teacher Training Program for certification, consider joining us at the Montreal School of the Alexander Technique.

We will regularly be visiting Ottawa to work closely with the University of Ottawa Musicians’ Wellness Centre, that opened on September 18, 2019, its members and our students.

You can still contact us to schedule a private lesson in Ottawa.

AT events at the Musicians’ Wellness Centre, University of Ottawa

Saturday, October 5, 2019

9:30 am Welcome to the official opening
 
10:00 am to 12:00 pm Fair OPEN HOUSE

The official opening of the Musicians’ Wellness Centre will be followed by our two-hour fair, which will consist of short lectures, hands-on workshops, and masterclasses taught by a variety of local health professionals, including brigitte Caron for the Alexander Technique. The fair will be an opportunity for musicians to sample different approaches to musicians’ wellness by attending up to two sessions, providing introductory knowledge and practical skills for improving their wellness.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

9 am to 12 pm
 
PAIN AND INJURY PREVENTION FOR MUSICIANS

In the third of three workshops, brigitte Caron will introduce the Alexander Technique which has long been recognized by musicians as a practical and thoughtful way to prevent and heal repetitive strain discomforts and injuries. A.T. efficiently addresses undue tension in the preparation and performance of music. It is considered an integral part of training for high performing artists and schools around the world.

October/November 2019

In the works, a 5-week course

To make it happen, ask about it at the Musicians’ Wellness Centre and sign up quickly!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

9am to 4pm (includes a 60-minute lunch break)
 
INTRODUCTION TO THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE: An inspiring path to challenge music performance anxiety

The Alexander Technique has long been recognized by musicians as a practical and thoughtful way to prevent and heal repetitive strain injuries caused by undue tensions.  However, the indirect but powerful benefit of A.T. practice has been the ability to address issues pertaining to performance anxiety. This key aspect of the practice for musicians has also kept them coming back! The Alexander Technique is an inspired and grounded way to approach musical performance, allowing little space for anxiety to intrude. Join us and experiment with a way that can orient your practice and performance experience in the here and now, where everything is known and can be dynamically explored, modified, enjoyed and shared…not feared.


In a nutshell, the Alexander Technique is an art in living.

F. M. Alexander

It addresses physical discomfort, strain, pain and injuries;

refines coordination;

improves your stamina for paying attention, being present and so, your power of observation;

alleviates nervous and chronic tension in the preparation and performances of all kinds;

enhances every aspect of life.

There is no one who would not benefit from a course of lessons.

Alexander did not give people who came to him a kind of medical treatment, but rather what he gave them was a re-education through a process developing their awareness about their behaviour.

Patrick Macdonald
Introduction in Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual, by F.M. Alexander, 1986.

It gives the opportunity to be physically fit without being athletic.

Robertson Davies

The school is approved by
Alexander Technique Canada
ATC/CANSTAT (Canadian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique)

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Horizons (detail). Drawing : Roxanne Lafleur