Alex and Joan Murray


shapeimage_1Joan and Alex Murray met Professor Raymond Dart in 1967. He cooperated in and inspired Joan and Alex’s ongoing investigation into human developmental movement as it relates to the Alexander Technique. They developed the Dart Procedures, an innovative process that influences Alexander Technique teaching throughout the world.

The Murrays’ experience of the Alexander Technique began in 1955 with Charles Neil, and continued after his death in 1958, with Walter Carrington. They spent nine years working with Walter Carrington, who was F.M. Alexander’s principal assistant at the time of his death in 1955. They worked with and were friends of many first generation teachers, including Majorie Barstow, Dilys Carrington, Frank and Helen Jones, Patrick Macdonald, Charles Neil, John Skinner, Peter Scott, Tony Spawforth, Richard & Elizabeth Walker, Lulie Westfelt, Kitty Wielopolska, and Peggy Williams.

shapeimage_4The Murray’s have taught extensively in London, the United States and Europe, in universities and conservatories. During their early years in London, Joan was a well-known dancer in many major musical productions, including in My Fair Lady and The King and I. Alex was principal flute in major orchestras, including the Royal Opera and the London Symphony Orchestra. Alex became Professor of Flute at Michigan State University, 1967–1974.
Joan taught the Technique to his students and colleagues in the Music School. Alex spent three years at the Royal Dutch Conservatory in The Hague, during which time, Joan taught extensively in Holland and London. They returned to the United States when, in 1977, Alex was appointed Professor of Flute at the University of Illinois, a position he held until his retirement in 2002. Since then he has devoted himself full-time to the Alexander Technique. Joan has maintained a private teaching practice and run the teacher-training course since moving to Illinois in 1977, and founding the Alexander Technique Center Urbana.