1. Faculty

Robert Britton

Professional Development

COURSES TAUGHT

  • The Alexander Technique

EDUCATION

  • Teaching Degree, The American Center for the Alexander Technique, San Francisco

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

  • Chairman, American Society of the Alexander Technique
  • Director, Alexander Technique International Congress, 2011

What is your hometown?

San Francisco, CA

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Astronomy.

Who were your major teachers?

Frank Ottiwell, Giora Pinkas, and Patrick MacDonald.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Expand.”

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

What is best for everyone to ask sooner than later is, "How am I standing, breathing, balancing and coordinating?" The sooner this question is asked, the sooner life can improve for everyone.

What was a turning point in your career?

When I realized so many people were in pain, and that there was a way through understanding our structure to alleviate most pains arising from moving inefficiently.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Suffering.

What is your daily practice routine?

From the moment I wake up, until I go to sleep, I am enjoying the quality of space and coordination of my body.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert de Visée, and Silvius Leopold Weiss.

What are your most important collaborations?

Working with the professors and students of SFCM over the years has been exceptional.