Alexander Technique

Subject MUSI30059 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 12 hours per semester
Total Time Commitment: 12 hours contact & 12 hours study per semester
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Subject Overview:

This subject deals specifically with techniques of a highly specialist nature. It requires both individual and small group attention, and attends to the particular characteristics of individuals in relation to such issues as posture and movement, which in turn may affect physical and mental health and stamina and, more specific to music, the sound one makes.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completing this subject students should be able to:

• Have developed and refined the skill of good use;
• Integrate this skill into music performance as well as into daily activities;
• Have gained an historical perspective of the Alexander Technique and an appreciation of F.M. Alexander’s contribution to education.


Continuous: Preparation and commitment as demonstrated by performance tasks and/or a regularly updated journal of activities embracing all areas studied (100%) - Hurdle requirement 80% attendance.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

• Exhibit extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of their discipline including relevant professional knowledge, skills, discipline and ethics as they relate to the practising musician;
• Demonstrate an open and independent attitude towards contemporary cultural developments;
• Demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the challenges for the professional musician in the 21st century;
• Critically and creatively engage with topics of cultural significance across the broader community;
• Work at various levels, both individually and as a team member, in a wide variety of musical environments;
• Understand and appreciate how the arts connect with the broader society and culture.

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