About lessons and about Tully
What happens in a lesson?
I guide you through simple activities – sitting, standing and walking. You learn how to stop initiating tension, so that you move with greater elasticity and freedom. During part of the lesson, you lie on a table and learn how to decompress into a more spacious, lively volume. A typical lesson lasts about 45 minutes.
As you progress you can bring in your laptop, your instrument, your speech or song, a dance move, a sports racket, a PT exercise….AT can transform all our activities! (Note: Woodbury studio has a piano.)
What are you learning?
You learn precise skills of awareness and intention. As you get better at using your mind to refine your coordination, you improve your poise and efficiency even without the aid of a teacher. By plugging in the Alexander thought process you create your own ‘new and improved’ keyboard user, public speaker, yogi, weekend hiker…you get the idea. For the performing artist, presenter or athlete, learning Alexander skills can optimize power, agility, grace and presence. See FAQ page: How many lessons do I need?
I am teaching online and in person. Please see below for Covid-19 studio policies.
Contact me to schedule.
Following a hip injury and surgery, I was in chronic pain that nothing seemed to help. Alexander lessons with Tully helped me improve to the point that I breezed through my Air Force entrance exam, excelled during basic training and am now happily pursuing my new career… see praise page: Benjamin Harrison, USAF Airman
My background and experience
I love to move and I love music! That’s what brought me to this work. I am certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique and have been teaching since 1990. In addition to my private practice, I’m guest faculty at Stetson University’s school of music in DeLand, Florida and I make regular teaching visits to Winter Park, Florida and the Washington DC area. I’ve taught classes and workshops at Shenandoah University, George Mason University, Catholic University, University of Minnesota, UMD-Duluth, Gustavus Adolphus College and 3M. I’m a member of AmSAT and the Alexander Technique Connection.
I played the French horn professionally for many years and play the piano for fun. I’m lucky that I started my Alexander journey before my strong habits of muscular compression led me into more than moderate pain. Opening up out of my ‘horn crunch’ via Alexander principles gave me an inch of additional height, among countless other benefits. (Naturally, I love working with musicians.) I have studied voice and am often asked to give workshops for private vocal studios. I’m an avid student of tai chi (see blog post for a tai chi story). As a great admirer of the art of dressage, I’ve taken riding lessons and given workshops and lessons to riders. My students cover a wide spectrum of backgrounds and motivations for taking lessons.
My studios are in Citywalk, Woodbury, near the junction of 94 and Woodbury Drive(minutes from 494 and 694), and in the Ivy Building for the Arts, 2637 27th Ave S, Minneapolis (Seward district). Unfortunately the Ivy Building was badly damaged in May, so I am currently looking for space in Minneapolis to resume my presence there.
POLICIES DURING COVID-19
COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Tully Hall’s Alexander Technique studio
The goal of the studio’s plan is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in the studio, and that requires full cooperation between me and you. Until further notice, the following policies are in place at the studio:
1. Most importantly, if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of COVID-19 cancel your lesson and stay at home. I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy and appreciate as much notice of cancellation as possible—but if your symptoms appear less than 24 hours before your lesson, you will not be charged for a late cancellation.
2. I will be wearing a face mask while teaching.
3. You need to bring a face mask to wear while in the studio.
4. When you enter the studio, you’ll be asked to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before the lesson starts.
5. Lessons will be spaced to allow ample time for me to clean necessary surfaces between students.
6. Alexander lesson involve physical contact. If you prefer, you can have a hands-off lesson to stay further apart.
7. Payment by check or cash is accepted. However, please write your check out at home and bring it with you, instead of doing it in the studio. If paying by cash, you are requested to pay with exact change.
8. My studio has large windows which will be open as much as possible for air circulation.
Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of COVID-19 at the World Health Organization’s website.
If you are symptomatic here is where to find a testing site in Minnesota.