Gabriella Minnes Brandes
Gabriella Minnes Brandes (Ph.D).has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1988. Gaby currently teaches the Alexander Technique both online and face-to-face at the Alexander Technique Centre. Alexander Technique provides performers with the means to harness their most efficient ways of using themselves. It provides performers with a framework for exploration, and self-discovery of habitual patterns as they learn to think in activity. As students learn the Alexander Technique they learn to take into account their internal and external environments, they learn to use themselves efficiently and effectively in daily activities and while playing an instrument.
Gaby works in collaboration with voice and movement instructors and music coaches focusing on the application of the Alexander Technique, as students are encouraged to explore and experiment, so that each one is able to fully express themselves artistically. Students learn to recognize, analyze, and address obstacles (like tension, fear or pain) that prevent their full expression.
Gaby has worked with many actors, singers, and musicians. Much of Gaby’s current work and research focus on exploring the connections between Alexander Technique and creativity as it pertains to performers. Informed by her Ph.D. and research in education, she is also exploring the connections between current educational research and Alexander teacher training.
Member of CANSTAT, STAT, AmSAT and ATI, Gaby has shared her work in many international conferences and Alexander teacher training courses.