--* 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, proving that transformation is indeed available to all.
WATCH INSTITUTE LECTURES & LESSONS ONLINE
Visit our new VIDEO ARCHIVE page to browse lessons and lectures from past Institutes and get a taste for the creative ambience of Fraser's Institutes...
COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF 2013 INSTITUTES
In 2013 Institutes will be held in:
GENEVA, Switzerland @ Studio Guay-Stagliano January 23-27
STUTTGART, Germany @ FMZ Stuttgart January 29-February 3
BONN, Germany @ BONN PIANO May 11-12
MARKTOBERDORF, Germany @ Bavarian Music Academy May 13-17
HAARLEM, Netherlands @ Muziekschool Jaap Prinsen May 18-19
CONCORD, NH, USA @ Concord Community Music School June 16-23
SMITH COLLEGE, Northampton MA, USA, July 7-13, July 14-21
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA @ WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY July 22-27
NEW YORK CITY, NY, Steinway Hall, July 30
HIRSCHBERG, Germany, November 2-3
MAISON KLEEBACH, Munster, France, November 6-10
ALAN FRASER: A MASTER TEACHER
With his background in Feldenkrais Method and his long-standing collaborations with pioneer pedagogue Phil Cohen and virtuoso Kemal Gekich, Alan Fraser is on the cutting 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 uses his profound knowledge of body mechanics to help 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 as well. His approach marries the musical to the technical instead of creating a divide.
Fraser possesses the rare gift of meeting each pianist on her or his own terms, never "dummying down" his approach but devising a strategy particularly suited to advancing the ability of each person no matter what their level.
The Institute is OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED PIANISTS: performing professionals, university students, studio teachers and enthusiastic 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 can¹t 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 (45-60 min.)
AUDITORS take full part in all activities but only observe the individual lessons.
AN EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY
This is your chance to experience Fraser's teaching first hand, and introduce the potent ideas of Craft of Piano Method to your own playing and teaching.
Here are some lovely photos from Smith College 2012.
WATCH ALAN FRASER TEACHING VIDEOS
To give you a clearer idea of the teaching that awaits you, we offer online videos of full length Alan Fraser piano lessons, where his ideas transform his students' sound, agility and musical understanding right before your eyes.
REGISTER AT AN INSTITUTE
For information on specific institutes please visit
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 2013
STUTTGART GERMANY 2013
BONN, GERMANY 2013
MARKTOBERDORF, GERMANY 2013
HAARLEM, NETHERLANDS 2013
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2013
SMITH COLLEGE 2013
SALT LAKE CITY 2013
NEW YORK CITY 2013
MUNSTER, FRANCE 2013