New York, NY

New York - Dec 6-8, 13-15


Alan Fraser is bringing his uniquely empowering approach to piano technique to New York City this fall with two 3-day mini-institutes. These lessons, lectures and Feldenkrais classes promise a breakthrough in your technique.

Many relatively inexperienced pianists hesitate to attend an institute, feeling they are not advanced enough or not well-enough prepared. However, if you wish to learn, this approach can help you regardless of your level of ability or preparation. 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!

   A lesson in Strasbourg, France
  • The Friday night meetup is an introductory session for those who are interested in participating but need more information. The cost for the intro session is $10 (you may register on this page or pay at the door) and if there are spots still open, attendees will be able to register for the full weekend at the end of the session. Five interested parties who are not yet registered for the weekend will be chosen by lot to receive 15-minute mini piano lessons with Alan Fraser.
  • Saturday & Sunday feature daily piano lessons with Alan, a daily group Feldenkrais lesson and daily lecture on piano technique. Open to registered participants only.
  • If you’d like to pre-register for the weekend, you can do so here on this page. Once you are registered for the weekend, you may attend Friday night at no extra charge.
  • Participation for the weekend Institute is limited to 12, so if you’d like to attend, please be sure to register early. There will be room for up to three auditors as well. Auditors may participate in all activities other than the lessons.
  • For those who are unable to attend the institute, and those who would like additional lessons, Alan will be available for private lessons in the evenings following the Institute plus every day and evening through the week. You can schedule private lessons below.


We have a half hour lesson format designed to give maximum benefit to a maximum number of participants. The Saturday lessons will zero in on the principle concerns of each participant and establish a clear line of work. Sunday's lessons will be devoted to refining the initial approach and addressing any further issues. Participants will benefit from seeing how many technical problems we have in common, and how many ingenious solutions, tailored to each person's unique artistry and technical skill, are possible.


Friday Evening 7:00 pm - Introductory Lecture
7:45 pm - Three 15-minute mini-lessons
8:30 pm - Mini Awareness Through Movement lesson
9:15 pm - Two 15-minute mini-lessons
9:45 pm - Closing Q & A
Saturday Daily Schedule - Full Activities
Lecture - The Arches of the Hand: From Static to Moving
Sunday Daily Schedule - Full Activities
Lecture - Neutralizing Weight to Maximize Its Effect

Monday thru Friday Private lessons by appointment

Friday Evening 7:00 pm - Introductory Lecture
7:45 pm - Three 15-minute mini-lessons
8:30 pm - Mini Awareness Through Movement lesson
9:15 pm - Two 15-minute mini-lessons
9:45 pm - Closing Q & A
Saturday Daily Schedule - Full Activities
Lecture - The Thumb & Rotation
Sunday Daily Schedule - Full Activities
Lecture - Expressively Directed Micro-Timing: A New Musical Aesthetic

10-11 Lecture
11-1 4 Lessons
1-2 Lunch
2-4 4 lessons
4-5 Group Movement Lesson
5-7 4 lessons
7-7:15 Q & A, Wrapup

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   Franco-Japanese artistry: Alan Fraser with Adrien Schmitt in Montréal, France



The Friday evening introductory lectures will be held at Shetler Studios & Theatres located at

244 West 54th Street
(54th St. between Broadway & 8th Ave.)
Penthouse 1
12th floor
New York, NY 10019

Get directions with this Google Map. Nearby subway stops include A, B, C, D and #1 trains at Columbus Circle, the C train at 50th, and the #1 train at 50th.

The Saturday & Sunday sessions will be held on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with easy access to 1, 2 and 3 trains. You'll receive the specific address and instructions when you register.



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We offer full online registration. Click on the appropriate price below to be taken to our retail partner, where your payment will be processed by PayPal or credit card. If you have any special registration needs, or encounter any problem, please don't hesitate to email our stalwart organizer, Saleena .

   Alan & Saleena


Attend a Friday evening lecture and you may receive a 15-minute mini-lesson with Alan Fraser: five guests will be chosen by lot at the beginning of the evening. Preference will be given to those who are not yet registered for the weekend Institute. Registration for any remaining places in the weekend institutes can be made at the end of the evening.

Note: If you have pre-registered for the full weekend Institute, you may attend the Friday evening session at no additional charge.

          To register online click on the appropriate $ amount.

Register for an Intro Evening All Tickets
New York 2019 Friday Evening December 6 $10
New York 2019 Friday Evening December 13 $10


Active participants receive two half hour individual lessons, two group movement lessons, two seminar lectures, and may observe the other individual lessons. Auditors participate fully in the lectures and movement lessons and may observe all the piano lessons.

Check whether you qualify for a seniors (age 65 and over) or student (age 25 and under) discount.

Certificates and receipts are given upon request.

          To register online click on the appropriate $ amount.

Weekend One - December 6-8 Full Fee Senior Rate Student Rate
New York 2019 Weekend One, Full Active $185 $165 $140
New York 2019 Weekend One, Full Audit $75 $67 $57

          To register online click on the appropriate $ amount.

Weekend Two - December 13-15 Full Fee Senior Rate Student Rate
New York 2019 Weekend Two, Full Active $185 $165 $140
New York 2019 Weekend Two, Full Audit $75 $67 $57

          To register online click on the appropriate $ amount.

Both Weekends - December 6-8, 13-15 Full Fee Senior Rate Student Rate
New York 2019 Both Weekends, Full Active $360 $325 $275
New York 2019 Both Weekends Full Audit $145 $125 $100


Book private lessons using the table below. Alan will be available at the following times:

  • Sat & Sun Weekend One 8-10pm
  • Mon-Thurs 9am-10pm
  • Fri 9am-5pm
  • Sat & Sun Weekend Two 8-10pm
When booking private lessons, please fill in the DETAILED PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FORM, indicating your preferred dates and lesson times.

          To schedule a private lesson online, click on the appropriate $ amount.

Private Lessons Full Rate Seniors Rate Students Rate
New York 2019 One Individual Lesson $150 $140 $125
New York 2019 Two Individual Lessons $295 $275 $245
New York 2019 Three Individual Lessons $440 $420 $370
New York 2019 Four Individual Lessons $585 $545 $485

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   Virtuosity at Any Age - in Montreal, Canada



After registering, please return here to fill out the DETAILED PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FORM...

... and 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.

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.


Saleena worked in the business world for many years; however her first love has always been music. She studied piano as a child and again in college; then after a lengthy hiatus came back to the piano, tried out different teachers, and eventually happened upon Alan on YouTube. By a remarkable coincidence, she discovered that her wonderful New York City Feldenkrais practitioner, Scott Fraser, was none other than Alan’s brother!


Saleena's lessons with Alan led to striking and immediate progress, and she feels that she has found what is, for her, the ideal teacher. She is also is an avid voice buff, serving both as vocal soloist and Music Director at a small church in Harlem. She has played at this and various other churches in the NYC area, and performs regularly at several NYC piano meetup groups.

For questions about the Institute, please email Saleena

   Alan & Saleena

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, reimbursement will be as follows:
Cancellations before September 1: 100% reimbursement.
Cancellations before October 1: 75% reimbursement.
Cancellations before November 1: 50% reimbursement.
Cancellations before November 18: 25% reimbursement.
Cancellations after November 18: 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.