PAAT Training — Year One
In all years the emphasis of practical work is on the change of the individual student.
As a teacher, you’ll need to know the Alexander Technique inside out, and this year of the course provides you with a solid foundation.
Here’s what’s on offer:
Alexander Studies: an in-depth analysis of Alexander’s four books.
Anatomy: osteology — preparing detailed drawings of each bone.
NOTE: Everyone can learn how to draw. Help is given. Developing this skill is an added bonus of the course.
Practical Alexander Studies Part 1
PAAT Training — Year Two
As the Alexander Technique gains wider recognition, more and more people are writing and talking about it.
But is everything that’s said about the Alexander Technique true? And if not: why not?
This year is all about developing your critical thinking skills:
Alexander Studies: in-depth analysis of a selection of books on the Alexander Technique. This will always include Barlow, Jones, MacDonald and Westfeldt, along with ten other titles. You’ll compare these texts with what Alexander had to say.
Anatomy: syndesmology, myology, arthrology — a detailed study of ligaments and muscles (using the latest edition of Gray’s Anatomy as a guide). In addition, you’ll begin considering bones, ligaments and muscles as functional joints.
Physiology: introduction to the study of physiology, the basic concepts and functions.
Practical Alexander Studies Part 2
PAAT Training — Year Three
The changes you’ll make in Year Three will unify your teaching experience.
As part of the process, you’ll learn to transform the jargon of the Alexander Technique into language that people will understand.
You’ll also become literate in the scientific language needed to back up your Alexander Technique teaching.
Here’s how Year Three looks:
Alexander Studies: consolidation of previous work and collecting material for a comparative study to be presented in year 4 as a Project of 15,000 words.
Anatomy: angiology, neurology, systematic study of blood supply (including Iymphatics) and nervous system – thinking about anatomy from a regional point of view.
Physiology: deepening study of this topic, including physiology of blood supply and breathing.
Movement Studies: an introduction to the science of movement and maintenance of posture.
Practical Alexander Studies Part 3
PAAT Training — Qualification Year
This is the year of your final examinations.
It’s also the year that you will demonstrate your practical application of the Alexander Technique.
After you’ve qualified, every lesson you give, every course that you run, will be examined by your pupils. Your services may also be in demand from universities and other organisations for talks and demonstrations.
The qualification year is where you learn to maintain your poise and composure in the face of scrutiny.
Briefly, Year Four works like this:
Presentation of five essays (each 12-15000 words) giving an exposition of the Alexander Technique.
Presentation of a 12-15,000 word Project.
Two three-hour written examinations on Alexander Studies.
Demonstration of proficiency with your hands together with the ability to communicate an understanding of the Technique to pupils.
Practical Alexander Studies Part 4