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Maaike Aarts

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Maaike Aarts
The Netherlands

My name is Maaike Aarts and my passions in life are music, Alexander Technique, self-development, and learning/discovering new things. I graduated at the Alexander Technique Centre Amsterdam in 2002 (Paul Versteeg and Tessa Marwick). I am always eager to learn more and had private lessons with Missy Vineyard and John Nicholls. I followed extra training on pregnancy and childbirth with Ilana Machover, had AT lessons on swimming and running and have obviously attended all international congresses on the Alexander Technique!

I teach the Alexander Technique full time in my private practice, teach the students of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy and teach at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
I also teach my annual course ‘Freedom and Flow for musicians’, give audition training, give workshops for orchestra members, teach during summer courses and I organise my own Alexander Technique retreats.

I was a first violinist in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 2004-2010, I was associate concertmaster of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra from 2014-2018. I resigned from my positions to have more time for my Alexander technique private practice.
Currently I play violin as a freelancer and in chamber music groups.

In 2021 I released my Alexander Technique App called Think Up Alexander Technique.
This app will
– help your students to practise ‘monkey’, ‘whispered ah’, ‘going up on toes’ etc between lessons,
– open their eyes to the countless opportunities to apply Alexander Technique to their daily lives,
– help them continue on their own once they have stopped taking lessons.

The app contains over 95 audioguides, divided into 10 categories.
Activities include music making, sitting, walking, running, driving, breathing, speaking, lying down in active rest, carrying a backpack, bending, reading, writing, speaking, breathing, sleeping and many more.

The app is available in the App Store (iPhone) and in the Google Play store (Android) and is rated 5 stars.

For iOS: https://apps.apple.com/nl/app/think-up/id1522422093

For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.thinkup.android&hl=en_US&gl=US