Mr. Austin is an ACAT & AmSAT certified teacher of Alexander Technique. He completed a 1600-hour training at the American Center for the Alexander Technique in Manhattan. He has been invited as a guest teacher at Teachers College, Columbia and McGill Universities and is currently on staff at Alexander Technique Workshops International’s UNCSA workshop (formerly known as Sweet Briar). His writings have been featured on the American Center for the Alexander Technique website. Mr. Austin is available to teach group and private classes in New York City, Basking Ridge (New Jersey), Larchmont (Westchester), Port Washington and Syosset (Long Island).
John’s specialties are working with musculoskeletal pain and helping performing artists reach their full potential. He takes a philosophical and yet completely practical approach that allows his students to find balance, breath, and availability of movement in any activity.
In addition to his Alexander practice, Mr. Austin is an accomplished violist and violinist and an active performer in the greater NYC area. He is a member of the Bergen and Manhattan Symphonies and has been a member of the Asheville Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Hilton-Head Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, The Orchestra of St. Andrew’s Bay, and Panama City Pops Orchestra, as well as countless pick-up orchestras and chamber groups. In addition to his classical roots he has recorded and performed live with folk, contemporary jazz, and rap groups such as Deltron 3030, Tarbaby, and Holly McCormack.
He is currently on faculty as violin, viola, and Alexander instructor at the New Jersey Academy of Music, Westchester Music Studio and the iSchool of Music & Art. Mr. Austin served as the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ viola studio teaching assistant while pursuing a music performance degree there. He has been a coach at the Winter Harbor Chamber Music Festival and has also taught on faculty at the Louisiana State University Music Academy.