Date Approved

2008

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

Music and Dance

Abstract

Imagine there was a magical book, which upon reading and then applying the learned knowledge would correct all problems with posture and pain within the body. It sounds fairly implausible, but now imagine the book is real, and one really can find a release from pain simply through learning more. I was quite skeptical at first, refusing to believe it could be that easy: all I needed to do was learn more about my body, see a teacher once a week, and read books, and I would have better posture, less pain, and a better quality of life? It seemed too good to be true. Then I started my lessons in the Alexander Technique. In this paper, I will present a history of the Alexander Technique, give a definition and list the components of this technique, share my experiences with the Alexander Technique, and state whether or not I believe this can help musicians, specifically violinists.

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