Robert Britton graduated as an Alexander teacher in 1978. In addition to his private practice in San Francisco, he has taught the Alexander Technique to musicians at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1984. He has helped train Alexander Technique Teachers since 1988, and now teaches at the Alexander Educational Center in Berkeley. He regularly teaches in Berlin at the Ausbildungszentrum für F.M. Alexander-Technik Berlin, as well contributing to the well being of the international Alexander Technique Affiliated Societies, and the Annual Members Meeting of the Affiliated Societies. He is a faculty member of the Bay Area Summer Opera Training Institute (BASOTI), and a director of the International Congress of the Alexander Technique in Lugano Switzerland. He served as chairman of the American Society for the Alexander Technique from 1997 to 1999. In April of 2012 Bob was awarded a George S. Sarlo Award which is given for excellence in teaching in Northern California universities and colleges.
Ask the Faculty: Robert Britton
How do you think Alexander Technique helps musicians?
The Alexander Technique teaches the musician how to organize their body for peak performance. Not only does optimal organization of head to torso to limbs balancing in gravity enable the musician to move with strength, speed, and subtlety, but also enables their bodies to express the musical experiences they have in their consciousness. A musician may have the most wonderful music in their heads, but if their bodies cannot move efficiently to produce that sound, the communication to others will always be restrained. Additionally moving well and dynamically keeps the musician out of injury, which in it’s worst manifestation can end a career. The Alexander Technique enables the musician to change from playing with pain to the experience of joyful movement throughout the musician’s entire body while playing.