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Alexander Technique for Musicians

  • Ossia Musical Forum 410 S Michigan Ave, Suite 927 Chicago, IL 60605 USA (map)

These small group classes, taught by Andrew McCann, are an excellent way for musicians to get an introduction to the Alexander Technique and how it can help their playing. There is room for up to 4 participants per session.

These classes will help musicians to:

  • become conscious of their movement and postural habits that may be hampering their playing.
  • develop ease in posture, breath and voice.
  • ground their instrumental technique in an understanding of whole body movement.
  • stop the cycle of frustration, pain and injury.
  • develop greater sense of poise and confidence as they prepare to perform.

Each session is 4 weeks long and the fee includes both the four 1.5 hour classes and one hour-long private lesson (scheduled separately in Andersonville). Violinists and violists will have an opportunity to experiment with their chin rest and shoulder rest set up.

Fee: 215.00 for 4 classes + bonus private lesson (scheduled at Andrew's Andersonville location)

Session 1: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9; 5:30-7pm

Session 2: Feb 16, 23, Mar 1, 8; 5:30-7pm 

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  1. About Andrew:
Andrew has been an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 2003. In summer 2016, Andrew will return for his third summer running the Alexander Technique program for the Music in the Mountains Conservatory, a festival for high school and college-age musicians. He has assisted in the training of Alexander teachers at ATTiC (Alexander Teacher Training in Chicago), an AmSAT-certified training course under head-of-training, Daria Okugawa. Andrew has taught workshops and classes at the University of Chicago, Roosevelt University, DePaul University, Wheaton College, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Richmond University, Florida State University, and the Tainan National University of the Arts, in Tainan, Taiwan. He trained with world-reknowned teachers Joan and Alexander Murray.
  1. As a violinist, Andrew has performed with eighth blackbird, International Contemporary Ensemble, dal niente, Spektral Quartet, New Millennium Orchestra, International Chamber Artists, and Contempo. He has appeared as a backup musician in concert with Mary J Blige, Mark Antonio-Solis, and Jay-Z, and with Susan Boyle on the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has been principal violin in productions at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writer's Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, and Broadway in Chicago. He holds degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His principle teachers include Lee Snyder, Gregory Fulkerson, Jorja Fleezanis, and Sherban Lupu.
Earlier Event: January 16
Interharmony Info Session
Later Event: January 24
Open Chamber Music Reading Session