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THE ALAN FRASER PIANO INSTITUTE

 

PARTICIPANTS' FEEDBACK

Aurelien Boccard, doctoral student in piano, University of Kansas:

"It is no exaggeration to say that Alan Fraser's teaching is revolutionary: I have attended many workshops but nowhere else was I given these insights: how to connect myself to the piano to transform my sound. I have been looking for this knowledge for decades, and finally to have found it - words cannot describe how much it means to me. This week has changed my life. What's more, after only one week I am consistently playing pain-free for the first time in years."

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John Tittmann, masters student in piano, SUNY:

"I have always known what I wanted to do musically at the piano; I just hadn't been shown the 'how,' Alan has given me the 'how' in a big way - I never expected to develop this much power, this much colour, this sense of enhanced ability where I can simply do things at the piano I previously only dreamed of. Having this much sound at my command has opened up a whole new dimenstion of musicianship for me - I see how much more is possible in terms of expression than I suspected before."

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Irina Saygina, pianist and teacher, Portland, Orgeon:

"I had a very solid and extensive training in Russia, and taught for many years at the Music School in Kiev. But I never experienced teaching like Alan Fraser's. He showed me how to take the strengths of the Russian school and use them to give myself real strength. Actually the strength of my hand was not working for me; it came too much from my arm which made my hand stiffent in response. My fingers which I thought worked so well actually hardly worked at all! Professor Fraser showed me completely new way of involving my whole body which helped my fingers spring into new life, as if by magic. My sound blossomed and became passionate and expessive. I was completely surprised and even shocked, but this is a shock I would love to experience any day."

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Christine Olson, pianist, teacher and on-site coordinator for the Smith College Institute, Northampton, MA:

"Coming back for a subsequent years has been so rewarding for me. The ideas and the experience were great the first year, but now with my increasing familiarity it is all becoming richer and more meaningful. And my teaching is totally transformed. I am trying out ideas from the Institute with my young pupils and their hands are waking up and starting to run and dance on the keyboard in a totally new way. Another unexpected blessing from the Master."

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Sue Hammond, pianist, teacher, lecturer, and creator of "BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS", Toronto, Ontario:

"Take any group of practicing adults and stir them in with Alan Fraser, and you have piano problems solved, fierce friendships made, and a potent longing for beautiful sound. A week with Alan Fraser is magical, motivating, meaty, and altogether marvelous - these demonstrations, lectures and lessons will sustain you for a year... or even a lifetime! I've attended masterclasses for forty years, but Alan Fraser's Institute was still a revelation in how to teach fundamentals without ever compromising the music. We worked, laughed, bonded and came away with a whole new world of physicality and sound."

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Janet Buhler, Studio teacher, Past President of the Suzuki Association of Utah, Salt Lake City:

"I came home from this Institute simply blown away with Alan Fraser's teaching. At the beginning of the week he promised each one of us a breakthrough, and I had many. When I tried to describe some of them in writing, I came up with

 

THE TOP TEN THINGS I GOT FROM THE INSTITUTE:

 

1. I learned to understand how my hand is organized.
2. I am learning to identify bad habits in my practice sessions.
3. Better technique helps me solve imprecise rhythmic problems.
4. I feel a better, closer connection to the piano
5. I learned to listen to my playing.
6. Improving my technique has helped me hear colors or quality of sound better.
7. Improved listening helps me connect to and understand the music.
8. I learned that coordination problems stem from a lack of technique and are not a human defect.
9. I learned to pay more attention to the details in the music.
10. I feel more musical and capable.

 

And there's one huge bonus item: since I got back, my work with my own students has been completely transformed - they notice a huge difference, and their playing is improving by leaps and bounds!"

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William Manico, lawyer, Washington DC:

"Alan, your workshop was wonderful. Your knowledge, energy, dedication, long hours, kindness, and sense of humor made this an experience I will never forget. Doctors can have a great bedside manner; you have a great "benchside manner!" Your tips re using the fingers have been a great help and continue to transform my playing."

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Amy Shafer, piano teacher,Tennessee:

"I liked the size of the group a lot. It was big enough to have a good deal of interchange and I learned a whole lot from observing the others, but it was small enough that it felt very individualized and flexible according to the needs of each person... After getting home I sat down at my piano to see if I could remember anything. It was thrilling to find that I could still do what I had discovered, making even my simple upright sound like that wonderful Steinway we had the lessons on..."