Judith trained as a musician at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then went on to train to be an Alexander teacher with Mr Macdonald and Shoshanna Kaminitz.
Judith is now one of the Alexander teachers at the Royal College of Music and at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. She is assistant head of training at LCATT (London Centre for Alexander Technique and Training).
Judith collaborated with Sue Merry on their (as yet unpublished!) book "Edukindness", about teaching children and young people the Alexander technique.
Judith co-wrote ‘The Alexander Technique for Musicians’ with Peter Buckoke, published by Bloomsbury 2014.
Judith helps to coordinate the STAT Education Special Interest group. She regularly gives workshops and talks on Alexander in Education.
Judith also teaches Tai Chi and lives in London with Peter Buckoke and their two sons.
Sue is generally recognised as a pioneer and world expert on teaching the Alexander Technique to children aged 3-11 in a school environment.
Sue began her ground-breaking work with children in 1994 in a local primary school where she began to devise unique ways of teaching that aimed to integrate the work into the regular school day. In 1997 she was a founder member of Educare Small School in Kingston upon Thames, UK. At Educare she evolved ways of integrating Alexander work seamlessly into the school day. This enables regular teaching staff to carry on the work whether or not an Alexander teacher is present. She took some elements from other, complementary disciplines, and used them to help to teach and reinforce the Alexander principles. The aim being to make the learning accessible and, above all, fun.
Sue has written a very popular adventure storybook for children aged 7-12. The book teaches and reinforces AT principles while telling a gripping and funny story. It is available from Amazon in print form and also as an e-book "The Labyrinth of Gar"
She has also written the definitive training manual for Alexander Teachers wanting to work with children. "Alexander in Primary Education"
Sue still regularly teaches at Educare but mostly now focuses her attention on training and helping other Alexander Teachers to carry on with this work, both at Educare and beyond, and on documenting and promoting the work of this unique school for future generations.
Sue also teaches the Alexander Technique to riders and horses. EquiPosture
Esther started having AT lessons twenty years ago to help with lower back pain. She has a background in teaching, first as a personal trainer, then as an education volunteer for the National Trust and a teaching assistant in a primary school. While working as a TA, Esther realised that teachers and support staff would really benefit from Alexander Technique, as would the children. So, since graduating from LCATT in 2013 Esther has worked with Sue Merry at Educare Small School, Kingston.
Esther is part of the Alexander in Education STAT special Interest Group and has helped organise and share ideas about working with young children at the Alexander in Education Forums. Esther has helped set up the Alexander in Education Facebook page, and the A in E Forum closed group for AT teachers. She is part of the team creating a new STAT satellite website ‘Alexander in Education’ and was part of the Alexander in Education film made in 2015.
Esther has been part of the Schools Chair Campaign with Richard Brennan and this has inspired her and another AT colleague to start working with a local London primary school in order to set up a research project looking at the effect of changing their badly designed chairs to stools and teaching the children Alexander Technique embodied awareness skills. Esther also works also side other AT teachers with the music scholars and teachers at the City of London School for Girls.
Esther also teaches one to one with adults and children at her private practice and gives workshops.
Find out more about Esther here
Listen to Esther's two podcasts about working with children and Educare Small School here
Elizabeth is the New York City representative for the Developing Self.
Elizabeth Castagna, is an ATI Certified Alexander Technique teacher. She trained with Master Teacher Chloe Wing in New York. Elizabeth is also Certified in The Developing Self to teach The Alexander Technique to children and young adults. She studied with founders Sue Merry MSTAT and Judith Kleinman MSTAT AGSM. Currently, she teaches private lessons, group classes and workshops in New York City and the Hudson Valley.
Elizabeth’s introduction to The Alexander Technique sprung forth from her wanting to have a child, Immediately she found that her Alexander Technique lessons with Chloe helped her come out of all the fear she was navigating around pregnancy. And at the same time reconnected to her body wisdom, and intuition. The Alexander Technique continued to be a core support for Elizabeth through her pregnancy, the birth of her son and postpartum. Integration from AT helped her son with his spacial, and sensory awareness. Her journey continued to grow inspired by her son as he moved into school and Elizabeth had the opportunity to teach AT to the teachers at his school as well as “AT Lab” to the children ages 5 - 10 in a weekly class. She also co-founded Move + Play with Sophia Jackson, fellow AT teacher and mom. They taught together for a few years group classes for children in schools and other settings.
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