John Hunter

JH434I have been involved in the Alexander work since 1978. After qualifying with Misha Magidov at the North London Teachers’ Training Course in 1984, I taught as an assistant trainer there until 1991. Since that time I have been involved in teacher-training at all levels; as a visiting teacher in numerous schools; running post-graduate classes and courses in London and elsewhere; since 2004 running a summer-school in Spain for teachers, students and pupils; and in 2009 I opened a STAT approved teacher training course in Central London.

In my efforts to understand Alexander’s teaching I had lessons with several ‘first generation’ teachers: Patrick MacDonald, Peggy Williams, Marjory Barlow, Margaret Goldie and Erika Whittaker. I have also had very helpful contact with Marjorie Barstow and Elisabeth Walker.

From 1984 to 2004 I taught the Alexander Technique at the Royal Academy of Music.

I am a former Chair of STAT and current Chair of Friends of the Alexander Technique, a UK charity dedicated to helping develop a sense of community among people who are studying or teaching the Technique.

I am currently developing new projects:

  • The Performing Self: relating to the application of Alexander’s ideas to the Performing Arts. A project involving several STAT teachers with considerable experience in this area.
  • Post-graduate Alexander Training: developing a model for approving post-graduate courses and a pilot curriculum. This has led to a Masters Course being offered at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.

My other interests as well as FM Alexander’s ideas include philosophy, psychology, Zen, Taoism, Tai Chi, Qigong, Argentinian Tango, Authentic Movement, folk dance, music, amateur dramatics, gardening, woodcarving and literature, GI Gurdjieff, Meister Eckhart and William James.

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