Due to the current unpredictable pandemic situation, we are not scheduling institutes at the moment. The Eitorf Institute generally takes place once a year in April. Please register for our newsletter to receive updates on scheduling as they arise.

First held in November 2014, the Eitorf institute is generally the longest one in Germany. The Eitorf Musik und Tanzschule has a fine concert hall with an excellent concert instrument, and there are numerous practice facilitites.This institute is organized by Michael Klatte, who is translating Alan Fraser's books into the German language.

   Eitorf Music School


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 whether our program is well-prepared or in a shambles. Thus 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!

Eitorf Musik & Tanzschule students and staff are welcome to audit the institute at no charge and receive a 35% discount for active participation.



We ask that all participants be vaccinated against Covid-19, or that you have proof of a negative Covid-19 test done less than 72 hours before your arrival in Hamm. Please let us know your vaccination status when you register.

Alan Fraser contracted the Corona virus in November 2020. He had only mild symptoms and quickly recovered, and received the Astra-Zeneca vaccine in March and June 2021, and a booster shot in November 2021. Nevertheless, if national Covid-19 restrictions are still in force during the institute, the following measures will be followed for the protection and comfort of all participants:

  • Masks will be worn whenever the 2-metre social distancing rule cannot be followed.
  • Hands must be washed frequently and hand sanitizer will be provided.


This schedule may be modified according to the makeup and needs of the group.

8:00-8:45 Private Lesson
8:45-11:00 3 Lessons
11:00-12:15 Group ATM (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
12:15-1:45 Lunch
1:45-4 3 Lessons
4-4:45 Coffee - Seminar
4:45-7:00 3 Lessons
7:00 Evening Meal & Chill Out

Basic Hand Structure & Function The Celestial Hand Arch - The Voice of the Piano
Weight Technique Arm Weight, the Anti-Gravity Function, Elasticity and Biotensegrity Update
The Thumb I Pass And Do Not Pass The Thumb Under: It's Complicated!
Rotation Rotation at the Micro and Macro Levels
Musicianship & Technique Physical Strategies to Enhance Phrase, Polyphony & Orchestration
Feldenkrais & Piano Expressively Directed Micro-Timing: A New Musical Aesthetic
Pianimals Use The Pianimals Exercises & Compositions in your Teaching and your Playing
Q & A Which Aspects of Piano Somatics Intrigue You... Frustrate You... Mystify You... Satisfy You?



Click here for travelling directions to the:

Musik-und Tanzschule Eitorf Christoph Kaesberg
Brückenstr. 31
53783 Eitorf



There are several hotels in Eitorf, all easily available at Booking.com.
We also recommend airbnb which has a few listings in the Eitorf area. Book early to get your preferred accommodations. If several of you want to share accomodations in an airbnb complete house, please let us know and we will try to facilitate it.


There are several restaurants within walking distance of the school; the Institute prefers the Italian restaurant which is farthest by foot but which has the best espresso. Meal expenses paid separately from tuition fees.



To register, click on the appropriate box below to pay via PayPal or credit card at our retail partner, 2CheckOut.com. The payment will appear on your credit card statement as 2CO.COM.

Due to 2CO regulations, prices are in US dollars. Subtract 20% to get the approximate value in euros.

Active participation each day includes one 45-minute individual lesson with Fraser, a group ATM, a lecture, and observation of all other lessons. Passive participants take part in all activities but do not have an individual lesson.

Registration Table 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days
Active Participation $128 $254 $375 $488 $585
Active Participation Student Rate $100 $195 $285 $370 $450
Passive Participation $40 $78 $112 $145 $175
Passive Participation Student Rate $21 $40 $57 $75 $88

Alternately, register by contacting the Musik & Tanzschule.



After registration, please come back to fill out this PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM.

After you have completed your institute, please come back to fill out this FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE. This helps evaluate your experience, tailor your ongoing regime to facilitate further progress, 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.


   Michael Klatte

Michael Klatte is a pianist, organist and Feldenkrais practitioner who has been interested in the relationship of movement to music performance for many years. He has taken on the monumental task of translating Alan Fraser's books on piano technique into German, and has already finished Honing the Pianistic Self-Image, published by Staccato Verlag, Dussledorf, in March 2018. He has been studying piano with Fraser for several years and has translated for many of his workshops. Michael is a professor of piano at the Eitorf Music School, and is the organizer of the Eitorf Alan Fraser Piano Institute.

Contact Michael Klatte.

To contact the Music School directly:
Telephone: 02243-82323
Fax: 02243-858181-9
Email: ck@mu-mo.de