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Tanya Bénard

Tanya Bénard
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  • Faculty, Oscar Peterson School of Music (formerly the Royal Conservatory School)

Specialty(s)

Alexander Technique

Tanya Bénard first discovered the Alexander Technique while pursuing a career as a professional clarinettist, and was so impressed by its benefits that she decided to train as a teacher. Often sought out for her clarity as a communicator, Tanya has taught the Alexander Technique at the Royal Conservatory in various capacities since 2005 – most notably, developing and teaching a popular and longstanding Alexander Technique programme for The Glenn Gould School.

In addition to offering private lessons, Tanya is active as a workshop presenter and clinician, at both the local and national level. Past presentations include the University of Toronto, Toronto Musician’s Union (AFM Local 149), Wilfred Laurier University School of Music, and the Performing Arts Medicine Association. She also serves as the Alexander Technique teacher in residence at various summer institutes and festivals.

"Not only has the [Alexander] Technique made my playing far more efficient and effortless, it has also made my day to day life feel the same way."
- GGS student, 2018 

Tanya has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including a Semans Art Fund Career Development Grant, and First Prize in the Euterpe Music Competition. She is a graduate of the Toronto School of the Alexander Technique (Alexander Technique Canada Designation), and the North Carolina School of the Arts (B. Mus. – Performance). Tanya also holds additional qualifications in pedagogy (focusing on the role of movement in music education, and ‘whole person’ learning), as well as in child development.

Lessons can be adapted to many situations and concerns – to find out more about how the Alexander Technique may be able to help, please contact Tanya directly at [email protected]