Walter Carrington trained with F. M. Alexander in the 1930s and has been training teachers in the Technique continuously since 1946. Here heshares his large teaching experience - among the many subjects covered is the development and evolution of specific teaching procedures, for example the use of the hands in teaching.
This revised and enlarged edition offers many fascinating insights into the history and the teaching of the Alexander Technique.
In these conversations with Seán Carey, Walter Carrington speaks candidly about developments in the teaching of the Technique. He provides the historical context of the Technique as it is taught today, covering basic procedures such as the whispered"ah", hands on the back of the chair,"monkey" and lying down work. Going back to origins of these procedures, Carrington describes how Alexander taught, both in lessons and on his training course, and a clear picture emerges not only of Alexander as a teacher but also of the man behind the Technique.
After Alexander's death in 1955 Walter Carrington continued the training course which Alexander had started. He explains how his approach to the training of teachers evolved through developments like saddle work, creeping on all fours and the Dart procedures.
A significant part of the book is devoted to practical teaching considerations. Here Walter Carrington's 55 years teaching experience is particularly revealing and he offers much guidance and advice, not least upon such an important concern as the use of hands in teaching.
The Appendix contains Walter Carrington's diary of his first lessons wth F. M. Alexander in 1935 - here published for the first time.
First published 1986 (Sheildrake Press). Second edition published May 2001 by Mouritz.
Paperback, 160 pages, 196 x 126 mm. Index. Printed on 80 gsm acid-free paper.