Peter Jacobson, Founder & Director of Total Vocal Freedom
Peter Jacobson is an AmSAT-certified (American Society of the Alexander Technique) teacher of the Alexander Technique. He is a graduate of Alexander Technique Mid-Atlantic, where he trained with Nancy Romita and Wendy Salkind. Jacobson began his teacher training at Alexander Technique Urbana, where he studied from Rose Bronec and Rick Carbaugh. His training took place over three years (1600 hours). A singer, multi-instrumentalist, conductor and music educator, he discovered the Alexander Technique over 13 years ago after suffering from back pain and tendonitis while pursuing his music studies.
In addition to his private teaching, Jacobson has taught AT workshops and group classes to musicians at Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore, MD), Towson University (Towson, MD), Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA) and the Orchestra Institute of Napa Valley (Yountville, CA). Concurrent with his Alexander Technique teacher training, Jacobson pursued advanced degrees in Conducting from University of Illinois and Peabody Conservatory.
Eleni Vosniadou, teacher
Eleni Vosniadou is a percussionist and teacher of the Alexander Technique. Trained in classical percussion, she began to take an interest in body awareness in order to treat chronic tendinitis, a persistent obstacle in the way of her professional career. In 2006, she began to study the Alexander Technique Internationale in Sommerakademie Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria), and spent the next few years deepening her knowledge in Germany, Switzerland and England. She completed a postgraduate three – year course at the London Center for Alexander Technique and Training, followed by a complementary course in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology in London, UK. In 2012, she began teaching the Alexander Technique at the Royal College of Music and Arts Educational London Schools in London.
Currently, she lives in Brazil where she has developed the Body Consciousness For Musicians course, specific to instrumentalists and singers who face pain or who want to improve their relationship with the instrument or with their voices. In Brazil, she is frequently invited to offer a series of training courses for the faculty of EMESP – São Paulo State School, and the Guri Santa Marcelina project, a project of the state government of São Paulo. In 2014 she presented the impact of the application of the Alexander Technique in music education at the 31st World Music Education Congress of ISME (International Society of Music Education) in Porto Alegre. Body Consciousness Lectures and Workshops For Musicians in various spaces and music institutions, including FASM – Faculdade Santa Marcelina, UNESP – Paulista State University, FAMOSP – Faculdade Mozarteum de São Paulo, Baccarelli Institute, SESC Research and Training Center, among others. In 2016 Eleni was invited to join the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum faculty in Salzburg, Austria.
Eileen Johnson, teacher
Motto: “Love Learning, Love Life!”
“Raised in a strict convent environment in a small hamlet in North Wales my first great love was learning and you could always find me with my head buried in a book. Singing the mass in chapel introduced me to my second great love – it was magic to feel my whole being come alive when music entered my bones. It was at aged 24 that I embraced the opportunity to learn to play the violin which I am still learning. Although I did not make the opportunity to become a professional musician it was many years later these two passions earned me a place as a valuable member of the Music Department at the BBC in Manchester for 8-years. It was here I came across musicians who were using F.M. Alexander’s work in their lives and with a healthy skepticism I decided to try a week’s course. This took place in a beautiful part of the Devon countryside and I thought I would have a nice time, a good rest, then forget all about it. How wrong I was!
A year later I decided to do a formal training but with no intention of teaching, I just wanted to see what I could learn. I continue on this amazing journey, with myself and with my students, where along the way I have found a freedom I had only dreamed of, where my life has become colored with self-expression, authenticity and fulfillment. It took courage to make mistakes and risk choices that long ago I would have shied away from. Life has now brought me full circle where I have been blessed, for the past five years, with working with young musicians 11-18 years who are boarders and day pupils at Oundle School in Northamptonshire. Here I encourage them to have fun experimenting, discussing and learning more about themselves as they grow in confidence and self-respect and enjoy doing more of what they love whilst incorporating a skill for life. They are a constant reminder of the joy to be had in learning.”