Course structure

 

- The course comprises 1,600 teaching hours over a 3 year course
- The academic year is divided into terms (STATE HOW MANY TERMS)
- It is possible to begin the course at the beginning of each trimester 
- Teaching takes place from Monday – Wednesday from 14:30 – 18:00 hours, Thursdays from 09:00 - 12.40
- Term times are synchronised with the school holidays in Vienna
- The teacher to student ratio is 1:5

 

 

Entry criteria

- To be considered for the course, candidate must have prior practical experience and   knowledge of the F.M. Alexander Technique
- We welcome students who have taken a minimum of 30 lessons prior to joining the course.

- We invite interested students to come and visit the school and experience our tuition in advance to signing up for the course to explore what the F.M. Alexander Technique is about and our approach.

- Interested candidates can join the course for one trimester as a trial period.

Please note: All teaching is conducted in German, though many course materials, resources are in English and most visiting teachers are teaching in English. "Tuition in English or Spanish is available upon request."
 

 

Guest lecturers

Over the duration of the course, various guest lecturers will hold lectures. We invite teachers with diverse educational backgrounds to take a turn as guest lecturers in order to demonstrate the wide spectrum of possible approaches to teaching the F.M. Alexander Technique.

 

Curriculum

Year 1 

Individual tuition; each student explores how to apply the work of F.M. Alexander for themselves, the entire hands-on teaching method will be demonstrated and led by the lecturers, the principles of the F.M. Alexander Technique will be applied to various activities

Year 2

In the second year of study, students develop a more refined approach of their own use with an increased sens of self awareness, there are opportunities for group work and practice with their fellow students, independent work is both encouraged and supported.                        

Year 3

In the final year of study, the focus on independent work is intensified, there are opportunities to practice on people, who have never encountered the Alexander Technique before, students are expected to deliver short lectures on an aspect of the Alexander Technique to the rest of the peer group.                                                                                                           

 

Theory

In the theory sessions, the primary and secondary literature sources of the F. M. Alexander Technique will be explored. The methods of teaching delivery take on various forms: reading and discussion, lectures, seminars, book discussions or the presentation of an individual chapter of one of Alexander’s books.  Discussion sessions will be held on individual themes such as inhibition, direction, primary control, as well as relevant subject-matter literature in medicine, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and pedagogy. Basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology are taught and illnesses which can typically be presented in the context of the Alexander Technique are highlighted.

 

Practical experience for students

In the third year, students have the opportunity to lead an introductory workshop on the F.M. Alexander Technique to external audiences. (This in addition to the aforementioned theory and practical tuition). As a continuation of the practical sessions as part of the individual tuition, 3rd year students are permitted to give practice lessons under supervision in the school.