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Alexander Technique at Eastern Washington University

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Internationally recognized Alexander Technique expert, William Conable, directs the Northwest Center for Natural Movement at Eastern Washington University's Music Department

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    William Conable enjoys worldwide renown as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, a method for improving freedom and ease of movement and physical coordination, which is of special interest to musicians and other performing artists. He studied ftrst with Marjorie L. Barstow, the ftrst graduate of F. M. Alexander's first teacher training course, beginning in the summer of 1962. During graduate school he studied with Frank Pierce Jones, who undertook the first scientific research into Alexander's discoveries at Tufts University. In 1965 Professor Conable also studied at Walter Carrington's Alexander teacher training school in London. Beginning in 1971, he continued his study with Marjorie Barstow, which continued steadily for the next fifteen years. He is her senior teaching student.

    In the mid-1970s, he began developing the concept of Body-mapping, which is widely recognized as a major contribution to the theory and pedagogy of the Alexander Technique. Body mapping is at the core of two books, How to Learn the Alexander Technique, which he co-authored with Barbara Conable, and What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body, which was written by Barbara Conable with Benjamin Conable and DeSanto.

    William Conable offers classes at the music department at Eastern Washington University and private instruction in the Alexander Technique in the Spokane area. He also directs annual workshops in Spokane and Columbus, Ohio sponsored by Alexander Workshops, LLC, and in workshops sponsored by organizations all over the world.

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    EWU Music Department
    119 Music Building
    Cheney, WA 99004

    email: chegney@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.2241
    fax: 509.359.7028

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