Judith Muir M.M. M.AmSAT., is a professional musician, award-winning music educator, and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.
Judith’s interest in the relationship between music and healing was originally sparked while she was studying at Coventry School of Music. After her first Alexander Technique lesson, she experienced greater improvements to her playing than anything prompted by her clarinet teacher. As a result, she became a certified Alexander teacher, obtained a degree in music therapy, and has trained for the past twenty years in the Diamond Path of Life with holistic medical pioneer John Diamond M.D.
A distinguished clarinetist and teacher, Judith has performed both classical and jazz concerts at venues including Carnegie Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, and Wigmore Hall. She has a masters in Music from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and the Royal Academy of Music in London. She is currently director of programs for the Institute of Music and Health in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Shaylen B (13)
I starting playing the piano with Judith when I was 5 years old – now I’m thirteen. She changes the lessons weekly so that it doesn’t get boring, and keeps it challenging and fun! She is also very funny, and is a patient teacher. Judith is a good listener and helped me select pieces that I was passionate about. She has helped me become a great piano player!
Our son Shaylen has been playing piano with Judith for over 7 years now. We immediately liked Judith’s unique method of teaching which involved “learning to play by ear.” Shaylen was able to figure out tunes that he knew, as well as correct his mistakes. He then learned to read music and now plays various genres, from classical to modern. An added bonus was that Judith encouraged our son to sing. Judith is a very talented musician and is always charismatic and upbeat!
Leena G. 14.
“Working with Judith has been so fun and helpful, whether it’s learning a new song, or something I’ve needed to learn for the musicals I’ve been in. I really enjoy my lessons!”
“My teenage daughter Leena has been working with Judith on voice lessons for more than a year, making it not only fun, but engaging as well. I can see and hear progress in my daughter’s style, range, and posture. I also love how Judith works with students “where they are,” rather than trying to fit everyone into the same box.”
SP (age 12)
Yesterday my daughter heard a song on the radio and asked for my phone. Minutes later she was playing the song on the piano’s phone. I asked, “Judith taught you?’ and she said, “I just figured it out.” It was the coolest think to see her hear and get the notes.
MM (age 16)
I have never improved so consistently and rapidly with any other teacher, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
Judith is a senior Alexander Technique teacher with over thirty-five years of teaching and teacher training experience on three continents. She was a founding member of the American Society of Alexander Teachers (AmSAT, the largest professional organization of Alexander teachers in the US) and vice chair at the American Center for the Alexander Technique. For twelve years she taught Alexander Technique at Bard College as associate professor of theatre, having previously taught at the Actors’ Movement Studio in New York City, Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, and the Powerhouse Theatre Apprentice Program, Vassar College.
Alexander Technique has been central to my recent progress as a rider. My movement has become more balanced, and requires far less effort—I am now more quiet and secure in the saddle. Having ridden with many different trainers, the Technique has become an invaluable tool for evaluating the usefulness of past recommendations; I have now been able to rely on a more simple, efficient approach to riding.
H.S. Choral Conductor
I started taking Alexander Technique lessons with Judith after I was told at a conducting seminar that I needed to gain more awareness of my body. Well, I’ve gotten that and so much more! Judith has helped me learn more about how my body works and to apply it to conducting, playing the piano, and anything else that I need to do on a regular basis. Judith really understands the relationship between the mind and body, more than anyone else that I’ve met, and is able to help me improve the way I deal with both physical and mental stress.
A.V. Classical Singer
The Alexander Technique has helped me to organize my aches, pains, and performance anxiety in a way no other teaching has. It’s given me a level of control over how my body feels and how I interact with world. Judith has helped me a long way to be secure in this newfound freedom.
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- Royal Academy of Music 4 year Performance Course
- Manhattan School of Music M.M.
- Music Therapy Degree SUNY New Paltz
- Dalcroze Eurythmics Training
- Diamond Method for Music