Apprenticeship training here refers to individual, personal training which may involve assisting in teaching. For teacher training in classes see Teacher Training.
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?), Lilian Twycross (1897 or 1898), Amy Alexander (1902 or 1903), Ethel Webb (1912?), Irene Tasker (1917).
(Miss Lilian Twycross advertised herself in 1904 as being ‘a certified pupil of Mr F. M. Alexander...
Walter Carrington (1915-2005) founded the Constructive Teaching Centre (CTC) in 1960, and the school continued as part of the Walter Carrington Educational Trust in 2010.
After F. M. Alexander’s death in 1955, Walter Carrington continued Alexander’s training course at various locations with a group of teachers that included Margaret Goldie, Peggy Williams and Irene Stewart. In 1960, Walter and Dilys Carrington moved into No. 18 Lansdowne Road, Holland Park, London, and the school was renamed the Constructive Teaching Centre. (The change in the name was due in part to...
F. M. Alexander trained at least three teachers through apprenticeship before starting the three-year structure for a training course in 1931. The three-year model has been adopted by many Alexander Teachers’ societies.
A. R. Alexander, Ethel Webb, Irene Tasker were all trained by F. M. Alexander on the apprenticeship model. (In Melbourne, around 1904, Miss Lilian Twycross advertised herself as being ‘a certified pupil of Mr F. M. Alexander’ and may therefore also have taught his technique.) There are no known descriptions of how this training was...
The first teachers training course was started end of Feburary 1931 by F. M. Alexander at 16, Ashley Place. It was interrupted in 1940 by World War Two, and restarted in 1945. After Alexander’s death in 1955 it was continued by Margaret Goldie, Walter Carrington, Irene Stewart and John Skinner, first at Ashley Place and from April 1956 at Bainbridge Street in London.
The official name ‘The Training Course for Teachers of the F. Matthias Alexander Technique’ was used in a flyer in 1946, but it is also referred to as ‘F. Matthias Alexander Training Course’ in...
This entry covers memories of and reflections on Alexander Technique teacher training.
Memories and reflections
In her F. Matthias Alexander: The Man and His Work Lulie Westfeldt reports, among other things, her teacher training with Alexander.
‘Alexander teacher training course notes 1955–59’ by Kirk Rengstorff covers mainly teaching observations of his training with Walter Carrington.
‘London trip journals’ by George I. Lister et al. contains the experiences of eight teachers and students from the Northern California Center for the Alexander...
Students at F. Matthias Alexander Teachers’ Training Course
This listing is based on a type written document in the Walter Carrington archive collection. It covers the years Alexander ran his course, 1931–1955.
The dates specify when the students commenced their training. Most teachers qualified after three years. However, the first intake (of 1931) did an extra year of training (except Marjorie Barstow who went to assist A. R. Alexander in Boston.) Parenthesis indicates the married name where known. An asterisk (*) indicates that the student did not finish their training. A...
This entry covers a formal or structured Alexander Technique teacher training, typically taking place in a class and taking 2–4 years to complete. (For individual, personal training, see Apprenticeship training. For details of individual training course see Institutions > Teacher training courses.) The entry does not contain societies’ internal debate on teacher training policies.
Three year teacher training
Alexander started his first three-year training course in 1931 and, apart from the interruption by World War II, it continued until his death in 1955. The three-year...
Alexander started his first three-year training course in 1931 and, apart from the interruption by World War II, it continued until his death in 1955. The three-year model has been adopted by many Alexander Teachers’ societies.
The first teacher training course started in 1931 at 16, Ashley Place, and continued until 1940 when Alexander went to the US. Here he started a small training course which was continued by A. R. Alexander when F. M. returned to London in 1944.
Upon his return to London he restarted the training course and it continued until his death in 1955....
When A. R. Alexander left the US in 1945 one of his trainees, Dolly Dailey, took over the training course and ran it until 1949. (It is not clear whether this course was condoned by A. R. Alexander.)
Lulie Westfeldt trained some teachers in the late 1940s (from which Judith Leibowitz qualified in 1949).  (Alma Frank writes in a letter in 1947: ‘Evidently Lulie is training teachers already.’)
After Alexander’s death in 1955 his training course was continued by Margaret Goldie, Walter Carrington, Irene Stewart and John Skinner, first at Ashley Place and from...