The Toronto School of the Alexander Technique was established by Elaine Kopman in 1992. The School is certified by Alexander Technique Canada (The Canadian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique) and meets the requirements as set out by the Society in its by-laws. The Society is affiliated with the international group of STAT Societies. This group has established the mutually recognized standards of all schools within its jurisdiction.
Therefore, a certificate issued by a school within the group will automatically be recognized by STAT Societies all over the world.
It is recommended that prospective students have had 25-30 lessons in the Technique before qualifying for admission to the Teachers Training Course. These lessons can be taken from the Director or the Assistant Director or from other certified teachers of the Technique. If lessons are taken with a teacher other then the Director or Assistant Director, a letter of recommendation is required. The first 12 weeks of the course are probationary.
The school is directed by Elaine Kopman. She was trained in Israel and graduated from the Jerusalem School of the Alexander Technique in 1979. In addition to directing the school she maintains a private practice and conducts workshops and seminars.
Howard Bockner is the Assistant. He graduated from the Toronto School of the Alexander Technique in 1999 and maintains a private practice.
The aim of the School is to train future teachers to develop a deeper understanding of the basic principles and concepts of the Alexander Technique and to learn practical hands-on work essential for the purpose of teaching.
Classes are 3 hours per day, 5 days per week for a total of 1600 hours. The course is 3 years in duration.
Students receive separate individual instruction from both the Director (Elaine Kopman) and Assistant Director (Howard Bockner) every day. They learn to apply the principles of the Technique through practical hands-on work with their fellow class-mates. An Internship Program forms part of third year studies whereby the students begin to work with newcomers to the Technique. The students give lessons on their own and these are supervised by the Director. The lessons help the student teacher to acquire the necessary skills he/she require to work well with new pupils.
Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded certificates as certified teachers of the Alexander Technique.