The Teacher Training Course is a voyage of discovery.
An ever-expanding spiral of self-awareness, sensing and moving, structure and function, thoughts and feelings.
The Training Course of the Alexander Technique of Syracuse (ATS) is designed to meet the training standards of AmSAT (American Society for the Alexander Technique.) It is suitable for (1) those desiring a deep level of Alexander experience for personal reasons; or (2) those desiring to teach the Technique as an adjunct to present occupation; or (3) those desiring to teach the Technique as their main profession.
TRAINING COURSE FORMAT
The Training Course of Alexander Technique of Syracuse is a 1600-hour
training (1440 hours class and private lessons, 160 hours independent study.)
Training is 12 hours/week, 30 weeks a year for four years.
The current weekly schedule is Tuesday: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm,
Thursday: 3:30 – 5: 30 pm, Friday: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Saturday 9 am – 1 pm
plus a private lesson to be scheduled by appointment.
There are three 10-week terms per year: Winter beginning in January, Summer beginning in May, and Fall beginning in September.
The curriculum will be covered in group classes, private lessons and independent study. During the 12-hour week, there will be a ¾ hour private lesson (credited at one hour), 11 hours of group classwork, of which five will focus on the use of self, four on hands-on procedures, and two on conceptual learning (the history and philosophy of the Alexander Technique, anatomy, kinesiology, bio-mechanics, developmental movement, breathing co-ordination, and the ethics of hands-on teaching.)
There are 160 hours of independent study, to include observation and assisting the Director’s group classes, lecture/demonstrations, or master classes, introducing the Alexander principles in candidate’s profession, lessons/workshops with other certified Alexander teachers, application of the Technique to a new skill.
A member of the AmSAT and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, Kathryn
was on the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) faculty in the Teacher
Certification Program for 14 years where she was closely involved with the development
and delivery of ACAT’s curriculum. She served as the Executive Director for seven years
and participated in faculty meetings and annual weekend retreats for 10 years.
As a certified Alexander teacher, Kathryn as participated in numerous avenues of
continuing education, accumulating well over a thousand hours. In 2003, Kathryn
completed advanced training in the Art of Breathing with Jessica Wolf. She has taken
teacher refresher courses with Walter Carrington and Barbara Kent.
In New York City, she taught the Alexander Technique at Mannes College of Music, the
New School University.
In Syracuse, she teaches individuals the Alexander skills and principles through:
- Individual and Shared Lessons at her studio in the Delavan Center
- Introductory Workshops at her studio in the Delavan Center
- Classes at Syracuse University and OASIS
- Lectures on special topics, like applying the Alexander Technique to music
practice, for healing and preventing back pain.
The Course is limited to 5 students. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a college degree or equivalent life experience. Generally, at least 10 private lessons with one certified teacher, and a confidential letter of reference from that teacher, are required. Three paid lesson/interviews (fee, $50/lesson) with the Director will be required if the applicant’s study has been with another teacher. An applicant must be either a US citizen or have legal US status. Any health condition, which might influence the applicant’s ability to work closely with others, must be disclosed before admittance to the Training Course.
Applications are accepted at any time during the year, and a candidate may be admitted for any term. Once notified of acceptance candidates sign the enrollment contract and pay a $250 deposit fully creditable against first-term tuition.
Tuition is $5,700 per year payable in three installments due before the beginning of each term. Candidates may expect to spend a total of $300–500 additional on books and supplies. The enrollment contract contains all the financial terms including the payment schedules and refunds.
During the course of training there will be frequent opportunity for the practice of teaching skills. During the third and fourth years, candidates will have the opportunity to practice teaching both with and without supervision. Candidates agree not to give practice lessons without consent of the Director. Candidates agree not to teach the Technique or present themselves to the public as Alexander Technique teachers before they complete their training.
A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the Training Course. A teacher so certified is eligible for Society certification and membership in the American Society for the Alexander Technique, AmSAT, the Technique’s largest professional organization in this country.