--* THE LEADING EDGE *
PIANO TECHNIQUE *
First held at Smith College in 2011, the Alan Fraser Piano Institute has quickly become a mecca for pianists wanting to improve their technique. Fraser adapts the principles of his Craft of Piano Method to any pianist's style, showing that transformation is possible no matter what your age or ability.
ALAN FRASER: A MASTER TEACHER
With his background in Feldenkrais Method and his long-standing collaborations with pioneer pedagogue Phil Cohen and virtuoso Kemal Gekić, Alan Fraser is on the leading edge of modern-day piano technique. Author of three major books, The Craft of Piano Playing (also in DVD), Honing the Pianistic Self-Image and All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique, Fraser helps you develop the hand power and coordination you need to make the piano sound like an entire orchestra, expanding your range of tonal color, deepening your musical expression and giving you nimbler fingers too! Fraser’s original approach, at first designed for healthy pianists, effectively addresses performance injury as well.
The Institute promises a breakthrough in your piano technique: Fraser’s profound understanding of hand structure and function helps you improve your sound, your agility, and most important, your musical expression. Daily Feldenkrais lessons, piano lessons & lectures with Professor Fraser himself offer an intensity of learning that exhilarates as well as transforms – having fun helps you learn better!
The Institute is OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED PIANISTS: students, teachers, professionals, and adult amateurs both young and old...
FELDENKRAIS METHOD - Each day your individual lesson is supplemented by a
group Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) class that helps you feel in
your whole body the sense of coordination you need in your hands. The combination of ATM and piano is unique to Fraser's approach.
OBSERVATION - students learn much by watching others grapple with the
same problems and hearing how others transform their sound. The experience
is communal - we all grow in our understanding together.
INJURY PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION - if you suffer from performance injury, Fraser's combination of pure hands-on Feldenkrais lessons and work at the
piano will improve your condition in a way that simply can't be found elsewhere.
VIDEO REVIEW OPTION - all lessons are recorded on video at the participant's request, for later review. So much information and experience is acquired over the six days that it cannot possibly all be digested on the spot: the videos allow a valuable post-Institute development process to take place. Videos are for private viewing only and are not used for any other purpose without the express consent of each participant.
Each day Alan Fraser gives:
- a group Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) Class
- a seminar-lecture on specific aspects of piano technique.
- a piano lesson to each ACTIVE PARTICIPANT
AUDITORS observe all lessons and lectures and also take active part in the daily Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes.
AN EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY
The North American Institute now has branches all across the USA. No matter whether you live in the the East Coast, Midwest, Rocky Mountain or West Coast regions, you can find an Institute near you. There are also several Institutes each year at various locations in Europe.
This is your chance to experience Fraser's teaching first hand, and discover how the potent ideas of Craft of Piano Method can work in your own playing and teaching.
WATCH INSTITUTE LECTURES & LESSONS ONLINE
Visit our VIDEO ARCHIVE page for sample lessons and lectures from past Institutes...
WATCH OTHER ALAN FRASER TEACHING VIDEOS
For another view of Fraser's teaching, watch these online videos of several full length piano lessons.
INSTITUTE PHOTO ARCHIVES
Here are some lovely photos from Smith College 2012.
COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF 2014 INSTITUTES
EUROPE - Winter & Spring 2014
USA - Spring & Summer 2014
EUROPE - Autumn 2014
REGISTER AT AN INSTITUTE
For information on specific institutes please visit
STUTTGART GERMANY 2014
ST-VALLERIN, FRANCE 2014
EITORF, GERMANY 2014
MARKTOBERDORF, GERMANY 2014
HAARLEM, NETHERLANDS 2014
BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON STATE 2014
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2014
SMITH COLLEGE 2014
HOLLAND, MICHIGAN 2014
SALT LAKE CITY 2014
NEW YORK CITY 2014
MUNSTER, FRANCE 2014