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Unit of competency details

CUAWHS404 - Apply the Alexander technique in performance (Release 2)

Summary

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Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 15/Jan/2016
(View details for release 1) 21/Nov/2013


Training packages that include this unit

Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 069903 Human Movement  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 069903 Human Movement  05/Mar/2014 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 2

This version released with CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package version 2.0. Updated assessment conditions section. Updated modification history section to reflect changed name of training package.

Release 1

This version first released with CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package version 1.0.

Application

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to improve postural support, movement and breathing in live performance.

At this level, supervision and guidance are provided during classes and practice sessions but individuals are expected to work independently on experimenting with ways to eliminate inefficient habits of movement and inappropriate patterns of tension that diminish competent performance.

Only teachers who comply with the teaching standards of the Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique are qualified to teach and assess this unit.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit Sector

Regulation, licensing and risk - work health and safety

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance Criteria 

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Refine understanding of tension patterns

1.1 Discuss with relevant personnel the principles and application of the Alexander technique in a performance context

1.2 Develop observational skills to describe movement patterns in self and others and to identify inappropriate patterns of tension during simple movements

1.3 Use knowledge gained from discussion and critical analysis to make an inventory of own inappropriate patterns of tension during simple movements and while performing

2. Elicit constructive change in postural support

2.1 Under guidance, develop techniques for preventing harmful patterns of tension while standing, making simple movements and performing

2.2 Initiate and maintain prevention of previously recognised habitual responses during simple and skilled activities

2.3 Apply an understanding of dynamic relationship of head and spine to elicit positive change in postural support during simple and skilled activities

2.4 Apply an understanding of how to organise human mind-body response to simple and skilled activities with respect to coordination of head, neck and back

2.5 Extend the effect of thinking on performance and experiment with conscious thinking techniques as a way of influencing physiology and coordination

2.6 Document own process of change and discuss with relevant personnel ways of overcoming issues

3. Minimise physiological distress during performance

3.1 Analyse the symptoms of physiological distress and ways of minimising the risk of experiencing it

3.2 Make an inventory of own indicators of physiological distress

3.3 Use techniques based on an understanding of dynamic relationship of head to spine to intervene during simple and skilled activities to prevent physiological distress

3.4 Monitor own ability to consciously organise movement and posture efficiently during practice and performance, and work on aspects that need improvement

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.

Skill 

Performance Criteria 

Description 

Learning

3.4

  • Uses self-evaluation as a strategy to improve posture and coordination of movement during performance

Reading

1.3, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.3

  • Analyses concepts underlying the Alexander technique

Writing

1.3, 2.6, 3.2

  • Maintains a journal of experiences related to changing habitual responses

Oral Communication

1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.5, 2.6

  • Obtains information by listening and questioning
  • Discusses ideas and solutions
  • Uses clear language to contribute information and explain own process of change

Navigate the world of work

1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2

  • Develops an awareness of own movement patterns and works towards achieving personal goals in relation to using the body efficiently

Interact with others

1.1, 2.1, 2.6

  • Works collaboratively

Get the work done

1.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

  • Plans and implements strategies to improve performance technique
  • Is proactive in finding the most effective approach to making constructive changes to own movement patterns
  • Uses standard word processing and spreadsheet applications to document own process of change

Unit Mapping Information

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Comments 

Equivalence status 

CUAWHS404 Apply the Alexander technique in performance (Release 2)

CUAWHS404 Apply the Alexander technique in performance (Release 1)

Updated assessment conditions section. Updated modification history section to reflect changed name of training package.

Equivalent unit

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=1db201d9-4006-4430-839f-382ef6b803d5

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 2

This version released with CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package version 2.0. Updated assessment conditions section. Updated modification history section to reflect changed name of training package.

Release 1

This version first released with CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package version 1.0.

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • recognise inappropriate patterns of muscle tension in self
  • sustain freedom in the movement of the head neck and back
  • intervene constructively to change harmful patterns of tension during high stimulus situations
  • apply self-observation techniques to improve postural support, movement and breathing in at least one live performance.

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided for each of the above points at least once.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements the individual must:

  • explain issues associated with preventing habitual responses to stimuli
  • describe, in simple terms, the functioning and interaction of the following anatomical parts in the context of performing:
  • head
  • neck
  • vertebral column
  • hip joints
  • knees and ankles
  • elbow and shoulders
  • larynx and vocal folds
  • lungs
  • tongue and jaw
  • explain the concept of organising movement through dynamic head and spine relationship
  • explain what is meant by ‘good use’ and ‘poor use’ of the self in the Alexander technique
  • explain the basic theories and principles of the Alexander technique.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational educational and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

In addition, only teachers who comply with the teaching standards of the Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique may teach and assess this unit.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=1db201d9-4006-4430-839f-382ef6b803d5