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Jennifer Mackerras PhD, BA(Hons), AmusA, PTLLS, ITM

Associate Lecturer in Alexander Technique

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Associate Lecturer in Alexander Technique

Jennifer graduated from University of New England (Armidale NSW Australia) with BA(Hons) majoring in Theatre Studies in 1995, achieving first class honours and the University Medal. She completed her PdH in Drama at University of Bristol in 2001. She worked in professional theatre as a workshop leader and Education Officer for a number of years, before retraining as an Alexander Technique teacher.

Jennifer runs her own private Alexander Technique practice; she has run courses and workshops for organisations including Bristol City Council, Southampton Universities Hospital Trust; John Cabot Academy; Wells Cathedral School; and Bristol University. She has taught at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama since 2008.

As a musician Jennifer has played recorder as a soloist and ensemble member for twenty years. Her ensembles Pink Noise and the Biber Duo play concerts in Bristol and beyond, including performances in Coventry, Lewes, Durham, and Amsterdam. She recently played on a CD of music by Jonathan Dove with clarinet soloist Emma Johnson.

  • Equity
  • Alexander Technique International
  • Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
  • European Recorder Teachers Association

At the Wales Academy of Voice & Dramatic Arts, Jennifer teaches across several modules on the BMus Vocal Performance programme. She also teaches on the BMus and MMus programmes at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, as well as teaching as part of the pre-College Young Actors Studio. Jennifer has also taught Alexander Technique at Leeds Arts University (BMus Popular Music), and at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Performance Psychology and Music Performance Anxiety

Jennifer is a regular peer reviewer of articles submitted to the British Journal of Music Education (Cambridge University Press).

Alexander Technique for Performers

Jennifer has presented workshops at international conferences held in Coventry, London and Melbourne Australia. She has published articles on the topic.

Active musician; recorder pedagogy

Jennifer is a recorder teacher and a regular performer with Pink Noise and the Biber Duo. She is interested in how to utilise modern educational theory derived from neuroscientific research to improve recorder pedagogy, especially for adult learners.

  • Music performance
  • Alexander Technique
  • Performance anxiety
  • Music education and recorder pedagogy
  • Performance and presentation skills

Performer on Emma Johnson: Songs of Celebration, Nimbus NI 6431. (2022)

Article, ‘Simple Tools to Combat Stage Nerves’, The Recorder Magazine, 2019.

Panellist, Discussion panel on AT in educational institutions. 9th International Conference for Alexander Technique in
 Music Education, Trinity Laban, London, 2016.

Article: ‘Myth-Busting’, co-written with Jane Toms, Attending to Movement, ed. Whatley, Garrett Brown,
 Alexander, Triarchy Press, 2015

Article: ‘The Role of Social Media in Teaching/Learning the Alexander Technique’ , ExChange - Journal of Alexander Technique International, 2013.

Workshop presentation (with Jane Toms): ‘Mythbusters: Alexander Technique and Misapprehensions in Performing Arts’. Conference of Dance and Somatic Practice, Coventry University, Coventry UK, July 2013.

Workshop presentation: ‘Dynamic Tools for Audition Technique’. Alexander Technique and Performing Arts Conference. Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Australia, September 2012