Alexander's Way (2nd edition)
Frederick Matthias Alexander in his own words, and in the words of those how knew him
Second completely revised edition. Retitled Alexander's Way.
Quotations from Alexander's writings and from pupils writing about Alexander, but no clear organisation.
First published: 6 May 2015
Publisher's description
Authors biography:
Alexander Murray, born 1929. Spent war years (1939-1946) South Africa, evacuated September 1940. Two years in the RAF, between studies, Royal College of Music, and Paris Conservatoire (French Government Scholar). Return to London, principal flute Royal Opera until 1955 then principal, London Symphony, becoming Professor of Flute, Michigan State University, 1967. 1954 married Joan Elvin, successful dancer London Theatre scene. Both became Alexander Technique students with Charles Neil, one of Alexander's first trainees. He died 1958. Walter Carrington became their mentor, working with them until they left for the USA. Alex' reading and study of Alexander's books began 1955 with all four. Subsequently read and re-read them in the training course for teachers Urbana Illinois, STAT 1977. A Prof. of Flute at the University of Illinois that year following three years, Royal Dutch Conservatoire, the Hague. Retired Illinois 2003. Now devotes time fully to Alexander Technique.

Publisher's description for 2nd edition:
Using F.M. Alexander's own words and the remembrances of those who knew him best, Alexander's Way retraces Alexander's steps: from his earliest days as an actor and teacher of elocution and the Delsarte Method in 1890s Australia to the development of his own teaching and unique hands-on ability in London in the years before World War I. We follow the maturation of his method, observe his travels to the United States and the influential support of John Dewey, and witness - through the eyes of Marjory Barlow, Walter Carrington, Aldous Huxley, Margaret Naumburg, Irene Tasker, and many others - Alexander's remarkable skill in his final decades. An invitation to more deeply explore F. M. Alexander's fascinating history, Alexander's Way is a rich resource for all serious students of the Alexander Technique. Bibliography and index included.

Author Alexander D. Murray's study of the Alexander Technique began in 1955. He and his wife, Joan Murray, trained as teachers with Walter Carrington in the 1960s and were close with many first-generation teachers. Through their friendship with anthropologist Raymond Dart, they developed the Dart Procedures, an ongoing exploration of human developmental movement that has influenced Alexander teaching throughout the world. He and Joan have co-directed the Alexander Technique Center Urbana since 1977. Alex is professor emeritus of flute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and former principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra. The National Flute Association honored him with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.