Christine Johnson

Alexander Technique / Vocals

Christine is known for her expressive, intelligent performances of early music and art song, and has a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is certified to teach Alexander Technique through the St. Louis Center for the Alexander Technique, and has taught voice since 2002 and Alexander Technique since 2007. Christine helps students overcome challenges related to performance including injury and anxiety.

 

What age were you when you first started taking music lessons?

19

Tell us about an early music lessons experience that helped shape you as a musician or teacher:

I joined the Michigan State Womens’ Glee Club my second semester as a freshman – having never sung in a choir larger than 7 women. There were probably 60 women in the choir and we performed the first movement from Bach’s ‘Magnificat’. I had never listened to Bach before and it was a revelation. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was hooked!

I studied the Alexander Technique in grad school – my voice teacher suggested lessons. I found it fascinating!

What are your favorite bands or musicians?

The Steep Canyon Rangers (bluegrass) – excellent musicians, nice guys, and great lyricists.
Della Mae (all female bluegrass band) – they can do anything!
Ella Fitzgerald
Arwen Myers – Portland Soprano
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – one of the great interpreters of German art song – his tone, his beautiful expressive German. Elly Ameling, Great interpreter of art song
J.S. Bach, Handel, Claudio Monteverdi, Barbara Strozzi, John Dowland, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Kurt Weill

Do you have a highlight of your music career so far that you would like to share?

Performing Baroque opera with costumes and Baroque gesture, including Monteverdi’s ‘Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda’ with a swordfight!

Describe your ideal student.

My ideal Alexander Technique student would be someone who is open to trying something different in order to affect change. The Alexander Technique is great for anyone, but performing artists of all kinds, people who experience back or neck pain, or even those who just feel stuck in their lives. Curiosity is key!

As a voice student, I love teaching older kids or adults who are interested in classical music, from beginning level and on. I would love someone who is interested in learning to read music.

Describe what your students should expect in their first few music lessons.

AT: Simple actions guided by me, including getting in and out of a chair. Learning the basic principles and directions of the Technique and their application. The basics of release. Part of the lesson will be on a massage table to have a passive experience of release.

Voice: Basics of breath, posture, and resonance. Exploration of range. Assigning songs, work on reading music as needed. Setting up expectations and working on a practice routine.

Why did you want to become a music teacher?

AT: Becoming teacher was the best way for me to improve in the Technique. It’s also super fun and I love seeing students’ understanding of themselves and the Technique unfold.

Voice: Learning to sing classically can help in any type of music you are singing. I love hearing voices grow.

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