Alexander Technique / Educator

Between the Beats

Alexander Technique /
mindful musical movement

Free Private Lesson when you refer a friend (Special Offer expires 4/1/20)!


I'm a certified Alexander Technique teacher (M.AmSAT) - offering private lessons and group classes. The Technique is a century-old method for learning and relearning better balance, coordination, and improved functioning of the mind-body as a whole. Students are guided through a process of self-discovery; building conscious awareness and choice in specialized and simple activities. Lessons address how to balance, sit, stand, walk, breath, and move with more ease and less tension, rediscovering your own power and improved performance. For musicians, dancers, actors, athletes, the elderly, people who work in an office all day, and those curious about improving their coordination in general, the Alexander Technique has numerous benefits including injury prevention, recovery, and stress relief.

Between the Beats is a group class for musicians and non-musicians seeking to improve their rhythmic coordination and musical flow. Through the lense of the Alexander Technique, classes include body percussion and basic hand & stick drumming exercises.


“The easiest I’ve felt playing drums in over 20 years.”  “The work I’m doing with Richie is vital to having longevity as a performer.” 
-- Ari Hoenig (Chris Potter, Kenny Werner, Jean Michel Pilc)

“Richie Barshay is as much a master teacher as he is musician. The concepts that he brings to the 
table incorporating Alexander Technique and its application to drum set I've found to be profoundly 
eye opening, and something often overlooked in drum set education.”

“I've been playing drum set for 15 years, and in the first lesson I started to think differently about my approach to the instrument. Breath, posture, relaxation, touch, groove, tone, time feel. These are all concepts that can be worked on for a musician at any level (or instrument for that matter), and Richie, with his diverse wealth of knowledge offers guidance in a thoughtful, patient and effective way. What I've learned and continue to learn from Richie is invaluable."
-- Philip Mayer (Natalie Merchant, The Band’s Visit) 

“I feel like I have more freedom to make music. It’s helped my playing a lot in general, even though my first concern was healing my tendinitis. I felt more stable and grounded - able to be more present in the music with less tension in my body.  
- Peter Mannheim (Alvin Ailey Dance drummer)

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Workshops, private lessons, school residencies, and international outreach since 2005

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