Amherst, Massachusetts

U. Mass, June 17-23

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, AMHERST

OUR FLAGSHIP INSTITUTE HAS MOVED


Last year our flagship institute moved up the road from Smith College to Bezanson Hall at the U. Mass Department of Music & Dance. The two fine Steinway D pianos in Bezanson Recital Hall assured an exceptional level of artistic work at this Institute. One of them is CD113 from the Steinway concert artists' department. We found that the sonority and musical atmosphere it was possible to create on these pianos made the ideas of Alan Fraser's teaching resonate that much more convincingly. The Music Department's practice facilities also feature Steinway pianos.


Steinway D
   CD 113

The Institute 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.
U. Mass Music Department students and staff are welcome to audit the institute at no charge and receive a 35% discount on active participation fees.


Smith College
   The 2016 Class, Smith College

Amherst, Massachusetts with its many interesting eateries and numerous New England wood frame houses offers congenial surroundings for the intense creative atmosphere of the institute. The historical significance of Amherst does not pass unnoticed: the last and largest professional training given by Moshe Feldenkrais took place here, and the Dorothy Taubman Institute was in residence for many summers. We look forward to seeing you there!

INDIVIDUAL LESSONS FOR LOCAL TEACHERS

Many teachers in the Amherst area may find it difficult to get away from their studio obligations for the entire week. For them we offer individual lessons on a pay-as-you-go basis. We also encourage them to bring select students for a session or two. The special focus will be on bringing Fraser's new technique strategies to young students, allowing them to improve their sound and agility, advance more quickly and avoid the risk of injury later on. Please contact Christine Olson to arrange these lessons.

ARRIVAL & ONSITE REGISTRATION

This year the Institute starts on a Sunday evening and ends the following Saturday morning so that participants will not have to fight weekend traffic coming and going. Your registration packets will be distributed at the opening gathering.

SCHEDULE


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


DAILY SCHEDULE
8:00-8:45 Private Lesson
8:45-10:15 2 Lessons
10:15-11:15 Group ATM (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
11:15-12:45 2 Lessons
12:45-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:30 2 Lessons
3:30-4:15 Coffee & Seminar
4:15-6:30 3 Lessons
6:30-7:30 Evening Meal
7:30-9:45 Remaining Lessons (Optional Private)


Bezanson
   Bezanson Hall

WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Sunday Registration & Opening Session 7:30 p.m.
Monday Daily Schedule (seminar: The Anti-Gravity Function & Biotensegrity)
Tuesday Daily Schedule (seminar: The Wrist as the Defender Against Weight Technique)
Wednesday Daily Schedule (seminar: I Pass And Do Not Pass The Thumb Under)
Thursday Daily Schedule (seminar: Ubiquitous Rotation)
Friday Modified Daily Schedule (seminar: Expressively Directed Micro-Timing: A New Musical Aesthetic)
Closing Recital 8 p.m. (optional participation)
Saturday Wrap-up Session 10-12 noon
Farewell & Departure 12 noon

a lecture
   Lecturing, 2016


TRAVEL




GETTING THERE

Click here for travelling directions to the U. Mass Music Department.

The nearest airport is Bradley International in Hartford, CT.
There are several airport shuttles to Amherst.

Directions from Bradley International Airport

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ACCOMMODATION




LODGING

BILLETING IN PRIVATE HOMES
Christine Olson has arranged with several of her neighbours in nearby Northampton to offer low-cost accommodation ($25 a night for private room and shared bath). The neighbourhood is a 20-minute drive to U. Mass. Please contact Christine by June 12 if you would like to be billeted in one of these homes. We are doing everything possible to make your attendance at this Institute financially viable.

HOTELS
See the U. Mass website for a list of hotels in the area.

STUDENT HOUSING U. Mass offers student housing to summer visitors. Hillel House also offers rooms to visitors.

Note: Free parking is offered on campus near the music building.


A Harp Lesson
   A Harp Lesson


REGISTER




FEES & REGISTRATION

The active participation fee covers FIVE 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

In the tables below, when you scroll over a price it changes colour. Click on your preferred option to pay by credit card or PayPal at 2CheckOut.com, our retail partner.

Please note that the credit card charge will appear on your statement as "2CO.COM," not as "The Alan Fraser Piano Institute."

If you want to register for two or more days but not the entire institute, repeat the one-day registration as many times as you need.


OPTION 1: Online Deposit

Register with a non-refundable deposit.

U Mass 2018 Pay Deposit
U Mass 2018 Deposit $100

OPTION 2: Register Online

Participation Pay in Full
U Mass 2018 Full Active $785
U Mass 2018 Active one day $154
U Mass 2018 Full Audit $225
U Mass 2018 Audit one day $50


OPTION 3: Online Discounts


10 % EARLY BIRD & SENIORS DISCOUNT - for seniors age 65 and over; also anyone under 65 who registers by May 1.

EARLY BIRD & SENIORS Pay in Full
U Mass 2018 Full Active 10% off $706.50
U Mass 2018 Active one day 10% off $140
U Mass 2018 Full Audit 10% off $220.50
U Mass 2018 Audit one day 10% off $45

25% STUDENT DISCOUNT - for students up to age 25.

STUDENT Pay in Full
U Mass 2018 Full Active 25% off $588.75
U Mass 2018 Active one day 25% off $116
U Mass 2018 Full Audit 25% off $184
U Mass 2018 Audit one day 25% off $37.50

35% U MASS DISCOUNT - for all actively participating U Mass College students and staff.

U Mass Staff & Students Pay in Full
U Mass 2018 Full Active 35% off $510
U Mass 2018 Active one day 35% off $100
U Mass 2018 Full Audit 35% off FREE
U Mass 2018 Audit one day 35% off FREE


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   Outside the hall

Fees for the Alan Fraser Piano Institute cover venue rental costs, travel costs, administration and website costs as well as Professor Fraser's teaching fees. Accommodation fees are paid separately to the host institution or the private accommodation you arrange.


OPTION 4: Contact us for further registration options

For other options such as registering 'in person' and paying by cheque, please email Christine Olson or call her at 1-413-586-4012 to reserve your place. Christine will answer all your questions and arrange your preferred payment option and/or partial scholarship.


BEFORE & AFTER THE INSTITUTE




INFORMATION SHEET & FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE

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.



a lecture
   Lecturing, 2016

CONTACT




ABOUT US - CONTACT


ALAN FRASER

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.


Christine
   Alan and Christine Olson, 2016

CHRISTINE OLSON

Christine Olson is a pianist and Alexander Technique teacher based in Northampton. Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method are like two peas in a pod, so it was natural for her curiosity to be stimulated by Alan Fraser's approach several years ago. Christine is the originator, general coordinator and administrator for the U Mass institute. Contact her at:

Christine Olson
12 Forbes Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
413-586-4012
christine@theforbesstudio.com


Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, reimbursement will be as follows:
Cancellations before April 1: 100% reimbursement.
Cancellations before April 15: 75% reimbursement.
Cancellations before May 1: 50% reimbursement.
Cancellations before May 20: 25% reimbursement.
Cancellations after May 20: no reimbursement unless 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 eventuality all resgistration fees will be fully refunded.