COMPANION

Apprenticeship training

Apprenticeship training here refers to individual, personal training which may involve assisting in teaching. For teacher training in classes see Teacher Training.

Apprenticeship

Before the first teacher training course Alexander trained a number of people in his technique (year indicates first known year of assisting Alexander):

A. R. Alexander (1898?[1]), Lilian Twycross (1897[2] or 1898[3]), Amy Alexander (1902 or 1903[4]), Ethel Webb (1912?[5]), Irene Tasker (1917[6]).

(Miss Lilian Twycross advertised herself in 1904 as being ‘a certified pupil of Mr F. M. Alexander’ and may therefore also have taught his technique.[7])

There are no known descriptions of how this training was carried out apart from Irene Tasker’s recollections of her time with Alexander.[8] When Alexander started his first teacher training course in 1931, the apprenticeship model was discontinued by Alexander. However, other teachers adopted it.

Apprenticeship training is often small and private, meaning that publicity material is absent, and reports and memoirs are not known to exist.

Irene Tasker

Irene Tasker trained Joyce Roberts in South Africa on an apprenticeship basis, but few details are known.[9]

Lulie Westfeldt

Judith Leibowitz trained with Lulie Westfeldt as a teacher, [10] and qualified in 1949,[11] and began teaching in 1952.[12] According to Judith Leibowitz the training lasted two years and there were four people in the class.[13]

Marjorie Barstow

Marjorie Barstow’s teacher training has also been described as apprenticeship training.

See also Marjorie Barstow, Application approach.

References

[1] Frederick Matthias Alexander – A Family History by Jackie Evans (Phillimore & Co., 2001), p. 113.
[2] Frederick Matthias Alexander – A Family History by Jackie Evans (Phillimore & Co., 2001), p. 129.
[3] Up From Down Under by Rosslyn McLeod (Mouritz, 2017), p. 97.
[4] Frederick Matthias Alexander – A Family History by Jackie Evans (Phillimore & Co., 2001), p. 128.
[5] Frederick Matthias Alexander – A Family History by Jackie Evans (Phillimore & Co., 2001), p. 154.
[6] ‘Connecting Links’ (1967) by Irene Tasker (The Sheildrake Press, 1978), p. 13.
[7] Up From Down Under by Rosslyn McLeod (Mouritz, 2017), pp. 113-14.
[8] Irene Tasker – Her Life and Work with the Alexander Technique by Regina Stratil (Mouritz, 2020), pp. 36–50.
[9] Irene Tasker – Her Life and Work with the Alexander Technique by Regina Stratil (Mouritz, 2020), pp. 140–43.
[10] The Alexander Technique by Judith Leibowitz, Bill Connington (HarperCollins, 1990), p. 3, 5.
[11] Dare to be Wrong by Judith Leibowitz edited by Kathryn Miranda (Mornum Time Press, 2007), p. 23.
[12] ‘Judith Leibowitz: Her legacy’ by Eleanor Rosenthal in The Congress Papers: A Spirit of Learning Together, edited by in Jeremy Chance (Direction, 1992), p. 25.
[13] Dare to be Wrong by Judith Leibowitz edited by Kathryn Miranda (Mornum Time Press, 2007), p. 23.
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