Pianimals Institute


This online event is the perfect introduction to Pianimals, clarifying the ideas of Piano Somatics and making them easy to apply... and it's a chance for 'old hands' to freshen their knowledge and hone their ability to new levels of perfection.

75-minute institute format: Following a short introductory talk, Alan Fraser will lead the group in an online Awareness Through Movement™ (ATM) lesson at the piano. With microphones muted, all participants do the exercises in real time instead of simply watching.

At the close of the "official" institute, active participants remain for their online individual lessons. All participants are welcome to remain and observe. After each lesson there will be a short discussion for the whole group. The eight sessions are cumulative, but we do welcome partial attendance. Register for the entire 8-week course, or pick and choose your sessions from the topic chart below. An entire session consists of:

The Institute Proper:

  • a short lecture on a Pianimals section followed by a group ATM lesson to be done by all participants at the piano (75 minutes).

The Extended Institute:

  • an individual Pianimals lesson on exercises and compositions related to the week's theme (45 minutes).
  • an individual lesson applying the Pianimals ideas to any piece from the standard repertoire, from easy to advanced (45 minutes).
  • closing Q & A session.

Schedule Change: Expanded Lecture Series: Because of the complexity of the thumb's movements, we have decided to expand the Thumb segment to span two weeks. All subsequent lectures will be pushed back one week. Please see revised schedule below. The extra lecture is gratis for all who registered or purchased recordings for the entire series.

If you haven't purchased a physical copy of Pianiamals, don't worry: we send both active and passive registrants a .pdf copy to help them prepare. Active participants, please specify in the questionnaire which week(s) you would like to have a lesson on the Pianimals repertoire (weeks 1 thru 8) or the regular repertoire (weeks 1 thru 8).

Pianimals Pupil Vol 1
   Bringing the Pupils' Method to life


Are you hesitant to attend? Feel you are not advanced enough? Not well-enough prepared? Don't worry; Alan welcomes all, no matter what your ability, no matter what the state of your program. The Institute really is open to all interested pianists:

  • students who wish to improve their sound and agility
  • amateurs who wish to feel more in command of the instrument
  • teachers who want new ways of teaching technique to their students
  • professionals who wish to hone their skills to the highest possible level.

There is no limit to improvement!


European Time SCHEDULE
17:40-18:00 Zoom Room Open, Meet & Greet
18:00-19:15 Awareness Through Movement lesson at the piano
19:15-20:00 Individual Repertoire Lesson; Q & A
20:00-20:45 Individual Repertoire Lesson; Q & A
20:45-21:30 Individual Repertoire Lesson; Closing Q & A

United Kingdom: one hour earlier.
N. America East Coast: six hours earlier (Atlantic Canada five).
N. America West Coast: nine hours earlier.
Lessons will be recorded so that participants from Australasia may watch without burning the midnight oil.

Please note that on March 13th and March 27th, North America will begin at 1 pm rather than at 12 noon (10 a.am. west coast). This is because on March 14, N. America goes on daylight savings time, but Europe does not do the same until March 28. All other times remain the same.


Each Saturday session covers the physical action and musical implications of one Pianimals section:

Week 1 - February 20, 2021 The Floating Arm -
Laying the Hand Down
Week 2 - February 27 The Thumb, Part 1
Week 3 - March 6 The Thumb, Part 2
Week 4 - March 13 Standing
Week 5 - March 20 Walking
Week 6 - March 27 Running
Week 7 - April 3 Leaping
Week 8 - April 10 The Fingertip
Week 9 - April 17 The Whole Self

Stepping Stork
   Stepping Stork



1) Calculate your weeks: How many weeks will you attend? How many added individual lessons will you take? For instance, if you want to attend all eight sessions but take only three lessons, purchase eight weeks plus three added lessons. Let us know your attendance status for each week in this participant information sheet. Session recordings are sent to all participants at no extra cost: only purchase them if you cannot attend: .

2) Click the appropriate options in the table below to make a secure credit card payment at our retail partner, Stripe.com:

Pianimals Institute II one session two sessions three sessions four sessions five sessions six sessions seven sessions eight sessions
Attend Institute $25 $50 $75 $100 $125 $150 $175 $200
Add a Lesson $75 $150 $225 $300 $375 $450 $525 $600
Buy Recording $20 $40 $60 $80 $100 $120 $140 $160

When you fill out the information sheet, be sure to indicate

  • which weeks you will be attending
  • which weeks you would like to take a lesson
  • which type of lesson you want, Pianimals or repertoire.

Contact us for further registration options

For other options please contact Sophia Cholich to reserve your place. Sophia will answer all your questions and arrange your preferred payment option and/or partial scholarship.



After registering, please return here to fill out the REGISTRATION QUESTIONNAIRE.

After you have completed your institute, please come back to fill out this FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE. This helps us evaluate your experience, tailor your ongoing regime to facilitate further progress, and fine-tune the structure of future institutes to better meet participants' needs.




Canadian pianist Alan Fraser gives master classes and recitals worldwide and conducts ongoing research and refinement on the ideas put forth in his books

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.
Thumb Troll Tromp
   Watch out for that Terrible Troll

Cancellation Policy

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.