Today on the TeachPianoToday Podcast we’re interviewing Robert Rickover; an expert in the Alexander Technique. For those of you who just asked “What’s that?”, or for those of you who have heard of the Alexander Technique but don’t know much about it, this podcast is for you!
Robert Rockover has been an Alexander Technique teacher for over 30 years. He works with groups and individuals helping them to identify ways they can use their bodies in a more efficient manner. For piano teachers, this technique is of particular interest as the Alexander Technique is frequently sought out by musicians looking to reduce pain, improve their technique and eliminate repetitive strain injuries.
How The Alexander Technique Can Impact your Studio
In the words of Robert… “If one of your piano students can’t do something that they should be able to do… the Alexander Technique can help”. As musicians, we ask our bodies to perform the same movements over and over. Even the slightest variation in our efficiency can impact many aspects of how we play.
Listen as we discuss:
- What is the Alexander Technique?
- How can this technique help our piano students?
- What teachers should be watching for when it comes to repetitive strain injuries
- Why piano teachers should seek out the Alexander Technique for their own benefit
- Two things piano teachers can do right now to increase their students’ awareness of their body movements
- …and much, much more!
Discover more about the Alexander Technique at Robert’s website
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