Author: Jenny Quick

“Something up my Sleeve

“Something up my Sleeve

“Something up my Sleeve”  with Jenny Quick MSTAT  For Alexander Teachers and Musicians  This workshop offers a set of learning materials with a fresh, fun and immensely practical approach to moving and performing with confidence and ease. Enlightened surprise and joy is a given, when…

On listening

On listening

The Inner Being of Music…. Listening Charles Rosen says (in his book “Piano Notes”) that pianists are unique in that they do not listen to themselves in the way that other musicians are trained to do right from the start, as they do not have…

Dartington International Summer School

Dartington International Summer School

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“Thank you also for the palpable changes you made to the stance, the sound, the comfort and the joy of those students you “adjusted” so gently as they sang.” 

Emma

Once again it has been a huge privilege and delight to work alongside Dame Emma Kirkby and her students in her master classes.

After another intensive immersion at Meadowmount Summer School earlier this July, with Robyn Avalon and the musicians there, I felt so much more equipped to share my growing skills.

Snap shot observation and swift but effective intervention is of paramount importance.

To assist without intruding.

It was wonderful to have such an appreciative group of eager students and it goes without saying that Emma, with all  her years of working with the Alexander technique, was a fantastic ally.

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Here is some of your feedback dear ones.

“The most surprising thing about trying Alexander Technique on a master Class, where you are already stressed about your poor body posture, is understanding that you can observe and understand without judging your body or yourself.

And magically everything gets relaxed and easier. “

Olalla

“Mrs. Jenny. Your energy, the purity and light we could see on you, your beautiful words and actions could not be more helpful.

I am leaving this place feeling grateful for many things. And one of those is that you reminded me that we have wings and those wings really have to start working.

Thank you.

I am sure you will be remembered by many people.” Christia

Carol Fieldhouse (Dartington summer school participant)

This year I experienced Alexander Teacher, Jenny Quick, in Nick Clapton’s workshop and again found the Technique extremely helpful and sought Jenny out for a one to one session during the week. The subtle suggestions/adjustments Jenny makes in a sensitive and respectful way enhanced my experience this year. Her attentive listening and joy of helping people both in performance and finding ease as they sing is instantly apparent. In a week of music making an Alexander Technique teacher is a great asset.

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And from Emma

Thank you so so much for the subtle but highly effective part you played in my morning classes at DISS this week.  I am already telling my students here in Bavaria about the Dog, the Duck and the Dinosaur, also the belly spine!

In fact while I was wheeling my two cases, one rather heavy, to the bus stop yesterday. morning, en route for Stansted,  I remembered belly spine and Dinosaur Tail, and immediately felt more poised and efficient..

Thank you also for the palpable changes you made to the stance, the sound, the comfort and the joy of those students you “adjusted” so gently as they sang.

As you know, I am a devotee of Alexander technique myself; I talk about it rather a lot, and it was so good for me and for those who witnessed the class to see the benefits “in vivo”!

All power to you, and huge thanks again; I look forward to our next chance to collaborate.

Dartington Summer School

Dartington Summer School

Honing my skills… It has been an immense privilege, once again, to assist Emma Kirkby in her master classes at Dartington Summer School. The students have been very appreciative! “The most surprising thing about trying Alexander Technique on a master Class, where you are already…

Full Immersion AT for musicians

Full Immersion AT for musicians

Calling musicians… Choirs, orchestras, chamber groups, folk groups… The list is endless! A simple, lively and accurate upgrade of your inner GPS and the priceless know-how to access this in practice paves the way to greater comfort, ease and artistic freedom. I am returning from…

CD Live Piano Music

CD Live Piano Music

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This little CD (which contains much of last night’s programme) is now available for £10 .

All funds go towards my trip to study with Robyn Avalon at Meadowmount Summer School where I will honing the tools of my trade, working with some of the planet’s most talented string players.

Let me know if you would like one and I’ll pop it in the post! (.uk postage included)

One Thing affects Another

One Thing affects Another

One thing affects another  Over the last couple of years I have made a friend. It all started when I stopped on a narrow stretch of pavement to help extract a nail from the shoe of a very cross man. I was on my usual…

Teen Stomp …approach with care

Teen Stomp …approach with care

How do you meet a teenager?. A teenager with fire and drive in her belly and a very good stomp. 14 years of ideas and opinions and thirst for more.  Once upon a time a long time ago, let’s just say, the fighting spark for…