International Soprano certified in the Alexander Technique.
International Operatic Soprano and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT), Michele Capalbo understands the importance of balancing the demands of virtuoso singing with an appropriate amount of muscular engagement and postural alignment. She works with singers to help them identify unconscious chronic tensions that interfere with the natural function and beauty of their voice.
Graduate of the Dimon Institute in New York City
Certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT).
Available for Workshops and Master Classes
Lectures offered: AT for Singers, AT for Musicians
Community School Classes offered: Reduce Pain and Tension through the Alexander Technique
Private lessons available: Manhattan and Ridgewood, NJ
Group Lessons in the Alexander Technique
March 2019, Reduce Pain and Tension through the Alexander Technique
offered through Paramus Community Schools, Paramus, NJ
Private Lessons in the Alexander Technique
Who takes Alexander Lessons?
The Alexander Technique is of particular benefit to anyone experiencing chronic tension, or daily pain and discomfort.
Many performing artists find the Alexander Technique useful to eliminate harmful movement patterns in order to maintain their high level of skill and optimize their performance.
What happens in an Alexander Lesson?
During an Alexander Technique lesson, the teacher uses a gentle hands on technique to guide the student. Lessons are tailored to each individual. A typical course of lessons first addresses the release of chronic tensions, and then begins to identify an individual's unconscious habits of movement in daily activities. As harmful habitual actions are identified the student will begin to consciously reintegrate their movements into a synergistic coordinated whole.
Over the course of lessons, a student will learn how to address musculoskeletal conditions that are the source of chronic pain and take steps toward preventing them in the future. Chair and table work are common.
Please dress comfortably and expect to move. Shirts with sleeves are requested. If you wear skirts or dresses. please bring leggings to wear underneath.
Video credit: STAT
Individual AT Lesson 45 minutes: $75.00
10 AT Lesson Package: $675.00 (expires in 4 months)
Payments may be made by cash or personal check at the time of the session, excepting prepaid lesson packages.
Cancellations for private lessons within twenty-four (24) hours of a scheduled session will be charged in full.
Have AT - Will Travel
Not in northern NJ or New York City? I can travel to your location to work with your group. Please contact me for information on group lessons, lectures, workshops and masterclasses. Past groups of singers and musicians that I have worked with include are listed here.
Articles on the benefits of the Alexander Technique
British Medical Journal: Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain.
The Alexander Technique: Can it Heal Your Back Pain?
Actors Swear By This Mindful Movement Practice. Here’s How You Can Benefit From It, Too
Books on the Alexander Technique
Books by F. M. Alexander
Man's Supreme Inheritance, F. M. Alexander
Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual, F. M. Alexander
The Use of the Self, F. M. Alexander
The Universal Constant in Living, F. M. Alexander
The Essential Writings of F. Matthias Alexander, ed. Edward Maisel
New to the Alexander Technique? These books may be of interest.
Explaining the Alexander Technique: The Writings of F. Matthias Alexander, Walter Carrington and Sean Carey
Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique, Michael Gleb
Freedom to Change: Development and Science of the Alexander Technique, Frank Pierce Jones
The Alexander Technique and Singing
Anatomy of the Voice, Dr. Theodore Dimon
Your Body, Your Voice: The Key to Natural Singing and Speaking, Dr. Theodore Dimon
Born to Sing: A singer's journey toward mind-body, Ron Murdock
Art of Breathing: Collected Articles, Jessica Wolf
The Alexander Technique for Musicians
The Alexander Technique for Musicians, Judith Kleinman and Peter Buckoke
What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body:The Application of Body Mapping to Making Music, Barbara Conable
Indirect Procedures: A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique, Pedro de Alcantara
Articles for Musicians
PRINCIPLES OF THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE and their Relevance to Music Education, Jennifer Roig-Francolí
Breathing and the Whispered Ah