• Marjorie Barstow, Her Teaching and Training

Marjorie Barstow pioneered a new way of teaching the Alexander Technique in a group setting, which is still taught worldwide by her teachers and their students today.

Marjorie Barstow (1899-1995) trained with F. M. Alexander on his first teacher training course (1931-1934). She assisted Alexander’s brother, A. R. Alexander in the 1930s before returning to her home in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

This Festschrift of 39 articles was written in appreciation of her innovative approach to the teaching of the Alexander Technique. As Barstow wrote very little herself this is a unique record of one of the most influential teachers of the Alexander Technique.

She preferred to work with her students on activities such as walking, cutting vegetables, playing the violin, addressing an audience, etc. She emphasized the mental aspect of the Technique: how our thinking determines our movement. For her a lesson was a dialogue, and she prodded her students with questions which stimulated them into their taking an active part in learning as well as responsibility for their own use. She was involved in the means-whereby, in the process of finding out, of experimenting. She did not teach ‘final answers’ but a way of working things out.

This collection is rare because it constitutes first-hand accounts of Barstow’s teaching. Many articles contain quotes and notes from Barstow’s workshops. They also include personal reflections on the transformative journey the Alexander Technique process brings about as well as eulogies to Barstow’s extraordinary powers of observation and her practical application of Alexander’s technique. They bring to life her wit and warmth and her search for simplicity in teaching the Technique.

Contributors: Meade Andrews, Larry Ball, Sarah Barker, Marjorie Barstow, Saura Bartner, Jan Baty, Aase Beaulieu, Arro Beaulieu, Jane Clanton Bick, Diana Bradley, Marilou Chacey, Jeremy Chance, Barbara Conable, William Conable, Shirlee Dodge, Bruce Fertman, Martha Hansen Fertman, Marguerite Fishman, Lena Frederick, Stacy Gehman, Richard M. Gummere, Jr., James Kandik, Catherine Kettrick, Heather Kroll, Catherine Madden, Kelly Mernaugh, David Mills, Frank Ottiwell, Alice Pryor, Robert M. Rickover, Jean-Louis Rodrigue, Kevin Ruddell, Janet O’Brien Stillwell, Peter Trimmer, Eileen Troberman, Lucy Venable, Donald L. Weed, Nancy Forst Williamson, John M. Wynhausen.

Book Specifications
Author/Editor Edited by Barbara Conable.
Subtitle A 90th Birthday Offering
Binding. Pages. Year. Paperback. 240 pages. 2016.
ISBN 978-0956849885.
Size 230 x 154 mm.
Publication History First published 1988. Third revised edition 2016.

Marjorie Barstow, Her Teaching and Training

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