Amanda Cole’s book on how Marjorie Barstow was an innovator in the pedagogical development of Alexander’s work is a rich and comprehensive tome – it puts the work within the historical context of a wider movement in education over the 20th century. Be warned – this is no light read, it is a meaty book that takes time to digest – but the effort will be richly rewarded, inspiring many teachers with deeper insights into their own teaching technologies.

Cole’s book will surely stand the test of time to become one of the seminal works we use to reference our understanding of the development of Alexander’s Discovery in the manner it is communicated to others.

Jeremy Chance
BodyChance 校長


Cole. A. (2022). Marjorie Barstow and the Alexander Technique: Critical Thinking in Performing Arts Pedagogy. Palgrave Macmillan.


Cole, A (2022). “Constellation Mentorship.” In Manzin, G and Duche, V, Eds. Mentoring through the Centuries. On The Dynamics of Personal and Professional Growth. Garnier Classique, Paris.. Garnier Classique, Paris.


Cole, A. (2021).The Body Mapping Revolution: Origins, Consequences and Limitations.” Australian Voice 22, 38-48.

Cole, A. (2021). “António Fragoso’s Canções do Sol Poente: A Song Cycle of Saudade from the Renascença Portuguesa. Journal of Singing (USA) 78(1), 29-46.

Cole, A. (2020).The trouble with adjectives: Aligning singing tuition and artistic practice with procedural learning theory.” Australian Voice 21, 49-56.

Cole, A (2019).Balance and tension I: The jaw and tongue in relation to the whole.” Australian Voice 20, 46-57.

Cole, A (2019). “What is performance and why should we teach it?” Australian Journal of Music Education 52 (2), 46-57

Cole, A (2015). “Do you Really Mean That? Towards Precise, Considered and Constructive Language in Performance Teaching.” Australian Journal of Music Education 3, 4-15.


Hildegard and the Celtic Bard 2018
Cole, A (mezzo-soprano, psaltery, percussion) and K Kirkman (tenor, violin, viola, harp, percussion). Works from Medieval Germany, Renaissance France and British Isles. Kimbeth Productions.
Cole, A. Translations from Latin and old French.

The Dew Gatherers: Songs, Arias & Variations by JP Krieger 2017
Brewer, J (harpsichord), A Cole (mezzo-soprano), N Heymink (bassoon). MOVE Records, Melbourne, Australia.
Cole, A. CD Booklet, including “Krieger, 1649-1725” (4), “Approach to Krieger’s Music” (5) and program notes and translations from German (5-18).
Reviewed by Clive O’Connell, “One for the true specialists” in O’Connell The Music: Do you Hear what I hear? November 9, 2017.
Reviewed by Jane Downer, “CD Review: The Dew Gatherers featuring bassoonist Neil Heymink” in The Australian Double Reed Society, March 2018, 21 (1), 37-38.

Saudade: A Portuguese Songbook 2009
Cole, A (mezzo-soprano), S Crawshaw (piano) and C Madden (musical and dramatic direction). Ode Records, Auckland, NZ. Recorded with the support of Jack Straw Recording Studio Artist in Residence Program, Seattle.
Cole, A. CD Booklet, including “Introduction” (3), “Saudade and Song” (3-4), “History of Portugal” (4) and program notes and translations from Portuguese (5-28).
Reviewed by Gregory Berg, Journal of Singing, 2010. 67(2) 242-244

The Witch Hunt 1999
Cole, A (mezzo-soprano), M Arnold (alto), D Ashton-Smith (conductor). Soundtrack for film. Music by Cezary Skubiszewski.