Why use the Alexander Technique in Marching Band

Here are my reasons:

1. Better body mapping= unity and precise movement, unity in their bodies and as an ensemble makes sharper movements. They need to know how their movement in the their legs effects their upper body and shoulders.

2. Better breathing: students need to be aware of their breath and how moving their body effects it.

3. Fear and Anxiety: The Alexander Technique makes you aware of those feelings. Students shouldn’t hide being nervous! Use them to your advantage.

“The Alexander Technique is a way of learning to move mindfully through life. The Alexander process shines a light on inefficient habits of movement and patterns of accumulated tension, which interferes with our innate ability to move easily and according to how we are designed. It’s a simple yet powerful approach that offers the opportunity to take charge of one’s own learning and healing process, because it’s not a series of passive treatments but an active exploration that changes the way one thinks and responds in activity. It produces a skill set that can be applied in every situation. Lessons leave one feeling lighter, freer, and more grounded.”

Alexander Technique Final Project : I did a final project on dance technique and its use as an aide for visuals in marching band. I taught my students basic dance moves that apply to the field. They were more successful with those visuals because they learned the technique behind it.

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