North Virginia Music Teachers Association Zoom Presentation, March 22 2024

This presentation, one in an ongoing NVMTA Lecture Series, is a FREE EVENT, an ideal opportunity to acquaint yourself with Piano Somatics.

Alan's presentation, Bringing the ideas of Piano Somatics to the young pianist, will focus on key exercises from Pianimals, the rationale behind the exercises, and how best to use them in your teaching studio. Comprehensibility and utility are the keywords here - these ideas can be mystifying and challenging - the aim here is to de-mystify, to make the exercises easy and accessible to all.


This lecture shows how to transform piano technique from a tedious chore into a joyful exploration of the physical self at the piano. It follows the curriculum of Pianimals, where the hand is likened to a mini-body that can lie down, stand up, walk, and eventually leap and run on the keyboard. We’ll see how these skills can be acquired organically and sequentially, as the hand follows the same development patterns that a baby does from birth to its first steps and beyond.

We’ll also explore how each exercise along this journey, when applied to a simple musical composition as is done in Pianimals, helps the pupil immediately experience an enlightened sense of musicianship as well as physical ability. Alan of course welcomes questions from the group, turning the lecture into something more of a round table than a simple one way communication.

The Zoom link for this event will be created just before. Send us an email to be put on a waiting list to receive the Zoom invitation. For more on this event, visit the NVMTA events web page

Fraser in the teaching studio
A Zoom lecture



This is a free presentation, all you need to do is show up in the Zoom meeting. Send us an email to be put on a waiting list to receive the Zoom invitation. More details to be found on the NVMTA events web page



To let us know more about you, please fill out the PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FORM.

After the lecture, 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 questions about this lecture and would like to address them directly to Alan Fraser, please feel free to send him an email.