Senior Teacher / Teacher Trainer Alexander Technique
“Teaching The Alexander Technique is an art that requires both “hands-on skills” and “teaching skills” that have been developed through years of training and experience.” The Sundance Institute (letter to John A Baron from Philip Himberg). “... I hope you understand how deeply you impacted the artistic life of our community and how highly your skills and talents were appreciated. ... Your particular way with the actors, your ability to “see” them, to give them support and to work differently and individually with each member of our company was so appreciated...” --Philip Himberg, Artistic Director, Sundance Institute “John Baron has a deep insight into the process by which movements are controlled and acquired. More importantly, he skillfully uses that insight to help individuals discover more adaptive and efficient ways of performing tasks that range from the mundane activities of daily living to the astonishing feats of the elite performer.” -- Dr. David Anderson, Chair, Department of Kinesiology. San Francisco State University John has a creative arts and business background. He was a professional actor for ten years working in theater, film and television in England, Scotland and Europe. In 1982 he enrolled in the three year/1600 hour Teacher Training Program. John completed his training in June 1985 and was admitted as a full member to the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. In February 1986, John moved to Rome, Italy to establish a private practice teaching the Alexander Technique. Within six months, he had established a full practice working with musicians, chronic pain patients and people from all walks of life. In 1990 he was invited to address the National Conference for Rehabilitative Medicine at San Camillo Hospital in Rome. John led many workshops in Italy, Germany and England during his “European period” of teaching the Technique. In 1992 he took the California plunge and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area with his family. Once there, he quickly established a successful private practice in Sausalito, CA. In his practice, John has collaborated with many health care professionals; acupuncturists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, medical doctors, etc. He has worked extensively with performing artists who have suffered “on the job” injuries (he works in-house for the San Francisco Ballet and The San Francisco Opera), as well as people who suffer from repetitive stress injury (RSI) and general muscular skeletal problems. Outside his private practice, John is the Co-Director of the Alexander Education Center in Berkeley, CA, a training school for future teachers of the Alexander Technique. He has presented numerous workshops at Universities and Colleges and taught his own course “Tension and Performance” as a credit class at California State University, Hayward. He devised his Kines-Tech program an in-house postural re-education training program that addresses the prevention of “over-use” injury in the workplace, commissioned by by several Bay Area corporations, including Firemans Fund and Google, Inc. A full time teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1985. John recorded F.M. Alexander’s “The Use of the Self”, one of Alexander’s most important works, as an audio book on tape for Big Sur Tapes. He continues to teach workshops and week long residential courses in Europe, as well as the United States. In 2014 he gave the FM Alexander Memorial Lecture for AmSAT (American Society for the Alexander Technique). VOICE WORK John receives referrals from speech therapists, MD’s, and teachers of voice to work with many challenging vocal conditions including : people who stutter, spasmodic dysphonia and general conditions of vocal strain. He has worked with many professional voice users, from actors and singers to lawyers, clergymen and women and radio personalities. Combining his Alexander work with his voice work that addresses specific vocal mis-use and includes the freeing of the jaw, optimizing of the breathing function, undoing of over tension in the muscles of the neck, face and mouth, developing tone, sound and clarity, tongue exercises and vocal placement offers a unique approach to vocal problems. John studied with some of Europe’s finest voice teachers, including Kate Fleming who was voice director of the National Theatre. His major teacher was Florence Norburg (teacher of Sir Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave and Kiri Te Kanawa). He was awarded a scholarship to study with Ms. Norburg by the Arts Council of Great Britain. For the past several years John has taught his class “Exploring the Instrument” for VOICETRAX, the leading voice actors training company in the Bay Area.
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