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AmSAT Teacher Training Programs

Interested in becoming a teacher of the Alexander Technique? AmSAT-approved teacher training programs are the only ones in the United States that meet quantifiable standards for teacher training shared by affiliated professional societies worldwide. These standards were established by F.M. Alexander and the first generation teachers trained by him.  As specified in AmSAT’s Bylaws, teacher training programs approved by AmSAT provide a minimum of 1600 hours of instruction over a minimum of three years with a student/teacher ratio no higher than five to one.

History of Alexander Technique Teacher Training

F.M. Alexander began training teachers in London in 1932.  From the beginning, training to teach was a full-time commitment. Later on, teacher training programs were opened by teachers trained by F.M.:  Marjorie and Wilfred Barlow, Walter and Dilys Carrington, Patrick Macdonald, Peter Scott, and Dick and Elizabeth Walker.  All adopted the standard of 1600 hours of training over three years.  Today, AmSAT-approved training programs continue that established practice. 

In an AmSAT Teacher Training program you will learn how to:

  • Embody and communicate the principles of the Alexander Technique
  • Develop the skills involved in teaching the Alexander Technique: personal, kinesthetic, and professional.
  • Develop and refine the use of your self through direct practical experience
  • Acquire the hands-on skills unique to the teaching of the Alexander Technique

AmSAT Training Directors

  • Undergo an extensive application and review process
  • Have a minimum of ten years of teaching experience
  • Meet continuing education requirements
  • Complete course re-approval requirements every three years.

Benefits of attending an AmSAT-approved training program include:

  • Invitation to attend AmSAT’s Annual Conference with classes specifically for teachers-in-training
  • Subscription to the AmSAT Journal and access to the AmSAT bookstore and other resources for members
  • Eligibility for AmSAT teacher certification and full membership upon graduation. AmSAT certification is internationally recognized by the Alexander Technique Affiliated Societies with reciprocal memberships available

Interested in learning more about training to teach the Alexander Technique?

Contact an AmSAT Training Director for more information.

Click here to download a PDF of the AmSAT Teacher Training Brochure.

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F.M. Alexander working with a pupil

F.M. Alexander working with John Dewey, circa 1920

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“The Alexander Technique ... We cannot ask more from any system, nor, if we seriously desire to alter human beings in a desirable direction, can we ask any less.”

ALDOUS HUXLEY

“… I am offering a psycho-physical approach to the problem of translating ideals, theories and beliefs into practice and have shown that this calls for a fundamental change in the use of the self…”

F.M. ALEXANDER


 

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