Due to the unpredictable pandemic situation, we are not scheduling institutes at the moment. We sincerely hope that the Leusden Institute can take place in May or early June, its usual place in the calendar year. Please register for our newsletter to receive updates on scheduling as they arise.
The Leusden Music School is a half hour east of Amsterdam on the outskirts of Amersfoort. It has plenty of piano practice rooms. Attending this institute, it's easy to combine piano studies with a vacation in one of Europe's most vibrant cities. Kunstgebouw Leusden students and staff are welcome to audit the institute at no charge, and receive a 35% discount for active participation. Alan teaches in English or French, and Dutch translation is available.
Many relatively inexperienced pianists hesitate to attend an institute, feeling they are not good enough or not well-enough prepared. However, Alan Fraser insists that we are all here to learn and this approach can help all of us, no matter what our ability or state of our program. Thus the Institute really is open to all interested pianists:
There is no limit to improvement!
Alan's Feldenkrais-informed approach to performance also helps instrumentalists and vocalists, transforming their sound by making minute postural adjustments that release hidden physical blocks. If you have a friend or colleague with a specific performing issue, why not invite them to come along.
The schedule may be modified according to the makeup and needs of the group.
Participants will be invited to select from this list of lecture topics for the daily seminar:
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3831 XD Leusden
There are several accommodation options in the Amersfoort area.
• To book a hotel we recommend Booking.com.
• www.airbnb.com also offers several listings.
Book early to get the best choice and the best price.
Frits has very kindly offered to provide a light lunch each day. There will also be coffee, tea and cookies throughout the day. There is a small charge of €7.50 per day to cover shopping costs, to be paid at the institute.
The active participation fee covers TWO individual lessons, daily group ATM lesson, daily seminar lecture,
and observation of all other lessons. Auditors participate fully but receive no individual lessons.
TO REGISTER ONLINE: make a deposit, pay the full fee, or pay a discounted fee
Contact us for other registration options
If you have a particular registration request, for instance a partial scholarship, please contact Frits Kroese or Sophia Cholich. They will answer all your questions and do their best to meet your specific needs.
We'd like to get to know you better. After registration, please come back to fill out this
PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM.
After you've completed your institute, we'd like to keep in touch. Please return here to fill out the
QUESTIONNAIRE. This helps you and us to evaluate your experience, plan your ongoing regime for further
pianistic advances, and fine-tune the institute structure to better meet your needs.
Canadian pianist Alan Fraser gives master classes and recitals worldwide and conducts ongoing research and refinement on the ideas put forth in his three books,
The Craft of Piano Playing
(also in DVD),
Honing the Pianistic Self-Image,
and All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique.
He is at work on several new volumes.
Visit here for more on Alan Fraser.
If you have concerns or questions about your participation in the institute and would like to address
them directly to Alan Fraser, send him an email.
Pianist and pedagogue Frits Kroese is a long-standing resident of Leusden. He
teaches at Scholen in de Kunst in the Eemhuis Amersfoort, is actively involved in the Academy for Music for talented
pupils, and gives recitals regularly. He first attended an Alan Fraser Piano Institute in 2015.
Frits's contact information: Email Frits
If you must cancel your registration, reimbursement will be as follows:
Cancellations more than two months before Institute opening date: 100% reimbursement.
Cancellations more than one month before Institute opening date: 75% reimbursement.
Cancellations more than two weeks before Institute opening date: 50% reimbursement.
Cancellations more than one week before Institute opening date: 25% reimbursement.
Cancellations less than one week before Institute opening date: no reimbursement except in cases of doctor-certified illness or acts of God.
We reserve the right to cancel the institute due to insufficient enrolment; in this event, all registration fees are fully refundable.