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.
The Institute is OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED PIANISTS:
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 Saturday late afternoon and ends the following Wednesday evening so that participants will not have to fight weekend traffic coming and going. Your registration packets will be distributed at the opening gathering.
This typical schedule may be modified according to the makeup and needs of the group.
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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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 from 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.
See the U. Mass website for a list of hotels in the area.
U. Mass offers student housing to summer visitors.
Hillel House also offers rooms to visitors.
Note: Parking is offered on campus near the music building. Passes are $25 and must be reserved in advance with Christine.
The active participation fee covers FOUR individual lessons, daily group movement lesson, daily seminar lecture,
and observation of all other lessons. Auditors participate fully but receive no individual lessons.
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
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Please note that the credit card charge will appear on your statement as "2CO.COM," not as
"The Alan Fraser Piano Institute."
OPTION 1: Online Deposit
Register with a non-refundable deposit.
OPTION 2: Register Online
OPTION 3: Online Discounts
10 % EARLY BIRD & SENIORS DISCOUNT - for seniors age 65 and over; also anyone under 65 who registers by May 1.
25% STUDENT DISCOUNT - for students up to age 25.
35% U MASS DISCOUNT - for all actively participating U Mass College students and staff.
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.
For other options such as registering 'in person' and paying by cheque, please email
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.
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
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.
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:
12 Forbes Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
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