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ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE TEACHER: I Help People Learn To Use Their Bodies With More Ease

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Elyse teaches the Alexander Technique, a method of moving with more efficiency and less tension. It is used mostly in the performing arts, but can be applied to everyday life as well. Elyse spends her days teaching students and adults in theater programs as well as running a private practice. She discovered the technique through her days as a modern dancer and loved it so much that she decided to become a teacher years after first learning and practicing it.

Job Title: Alexander Technique Teacher
Employer: American Conservatory Theater

Job Summary: Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

Job Description

Self-enrichment teachers instruct in a variety of subjects that students take for fun or self-improvement, such as music and foreign languages. These classes generally do not lead to a degree or certification, and students take them voluntarily to learn new skills or gain understanding of a subject.

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Self-enrichment teachers generally need to have some experience in the field in which they teach. For example, a pottery teacher should have some experience in designing and making pottery. They can get this experience through formal work experience, but they can also get it through volunteer work or personal hobbies. Formal education programs may prefer to hire workers who have some teaching experience.

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Average salary
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$20,000 - $45,000
Projected job growth
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15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
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Part-time, Full-time, Flexible
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Patience, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Empathy

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