Ann Shoebridge is an Alexander Technique teacher and physiotherapist from Melbourne, Australia. Her focus on optimal heath and performance for musicians and actors is underpinned by a longstanding interest in neuroscience and pain management.
Ann’s work as an Alexander Technique teacher includes the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra String Fellowship Programs, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Wind Brass and Percussion Fellowship Programs and the University of Melbourne Faculty of VCA and MCM. Ann has also taught at the Victorian Arts Centre and for the British Royal Shakespeare Company.
The number of playing-related injuries and the lack of understanding of good body use Ann encountered in musicians at all levels of experience led her into a doctorate researching risk factors associated with playing-related injuries. Ann has presented her research at performing arts health and music education conferences in Australia, the U.S. and the U.K., most recently at the 2016 ISME conference in Glasgow and the Alexander Technique in Music Education conference at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London. She has recently published a study on musicians’ posture in the Psychology of Music journal: "An interdisciplinary theory of optimal posture for musicians."