PSI Certification

Piano Somatics Certification


Somatic Piano Playing - the summation of Alan Fraser's approaches

    Craft of Piano Method offers basic principles of hand structure and function.
    Piano Kinematics develops the science and art of movement at the piano.
    Piano Somatics refines the relationship of our actions at the keyboard to our musical intentions.

The Institute offers a multi-tier certification program.

Craft of Piano Certification

Even after a single Institute, participants report a marked improvement in their teaching skills. They have more fun, and help their students in new, effective ways to progress more quickly and play more musically. The Craft of Piano Certification™ is awarded to studio teachers and others who possess a basic proficiency in the fundamental principles of Craft of Piano Method: healthy use of the hand's arch, unstable equilibrium, differentiation of the thumb through opposition, uses of rotation, hand skeletality and elasticity, etc., and who demonstrate that they can consistently empower their pupils using these principles.

Piano Kinematics Certification

The Piano Kinematics certification program requires a longer preparation. A Certified Teacher of Piano Kinematics™ must be able to join with the pianist-student similar to the way a Feldenkrais Practitioner joins with a client. She or he must be able to evoke a specific quality of deep change in the student's piano technique, change that can take place only when his or her teaching acts on the very core of the student's pianistic self.

Somatic Piano Certification

The Somatic Piano Practitioner certification program has the most extensive requirements of all. The Somatic Piano Practitioner™ must be able to play at a competition level of proficiency and demonstrate a complete freedom from weight technique. She or he must be adept at choreographing every aspect of musical inflection - articulation, rubato, melodic shaping, orchestration, rhythmic pulse hierarchichalization - to a level of high artistry, that is, beyond mere professionalism.


Practitioner Certification Requirements

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• A minimum of 2 years' study during which the participant attends at least one full institute per year. • A minimum of 4 years' study during which the participant attends at least two full institutes per year. • A minimum of 6 years' study during which the participant attends at least two full institutes per year.
• A minimum of 2 lessons with Alan Fraser between each institute. Because of geographic constraints these lessons may be via Skype. The total number of lessons per annum, institute plus intervening, must be 12. • A minimum of 4 lessons with Alan Fraser between each institute. Because of geographic constraints these lessons may be via Skype. The total number of lessons per annum, institute plus intervening, must be 16. • A minimum of 6 lessons with Alan Fraser between each institute. Because of geographic constraints these lessons may be via Skype. The total number of lessons per annum, institute plus intervening, must be 20.
• A comprehensive knowledge of Fraser's first two books on piano technique, The Craft of Piano Playing and Honing the Pianistic Self-Image. • A comprehensive knowledge of Fraser's first four books on piano technique, The Craft of Piano Playing, Honing the Pianistic Self-Image, All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique and Play the Piano with Your Whole Self. • A comprehensive knowledge of all Fraser's books on piano technique and Feldenkrais Method, The Craft of Piano Playing, Honing the Pianistic Self-Image, All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique, Play the Piano with Your Whole Self, Transform the Pianistic Self-Image, and Skeletal Wisdom: Body & Mind Reunited in the Feldenkrais Method.
• A final exam consisting of:
  1. A half hour piano recital
  2. Observed lessons: Professor Fraser will observe the candidate working with a minimum of 2 different piano students, preferably of contrasting levels of ability and with contrasting repertoire, in lessons of a half hour to an hour.
  3. A written description of the teacher's work with a minimum of 4 different students, describing the problems encountered and how the ideas and methods of Craft of Piano Method were used to cultivate improvement.
  4. A written exam in which the candidate demonstrates familiarity with the ideas and principles outlined in Fraser's first two books on piano technique.
  5. An oral exam interview with Professor Fraser.
• A final exam consisting of:
  1. An 45-minute piano recital
  2. Observed lessons: Professor Fraser will observe the candidate working with a minimum of 4 different piano students, preferably of contrasting levels of ability and with contrasting repertoire, in lessons of a half hour to an hour.
  3. A written description of the teacher's work with a minimum of 6 different students, describing the problems encountered and how the ideas and methods of Piano Kinematics were used to cultivate improvement.
  4. A written exam in which the candidate demonstrates familiarity with the ideas and principles outlined in Fraser's first four books on piano technique.
  5. An oral exam interview with Professor Fraser.
• A final exam consisting of:
  1. An hour-long piano recital
  2. Observed lessons: Professor Fraser will observe the candidate working with a minimum of 6 different piano students, preferably of contrasting levels of ability and with contrasting repertoire, in lessons of a half hour to an hour.
  3. A written description of the teacher's work with a minimum of 8 different students, describing the problems encountered and how the ideas and methods of Piano Kinematics were used to cultivate improvement.
  4. A written exam in which the candidate demonstrates familiarity with the ideas and principles outlined in Fraser's first six books on piano technique & the Feldenkrais Method.
  5. An oral exam interview with Professor Fraser.

Candidates are encouraged to 'try out' different parts of the examination requirements in their work with Professor Fraser beforehand.

If you are interested in a Craft of Piano Teacher, Piano Kinematics Teacher, or Somatic Piano Practitioner Certification, please consult with Professor Fraser.


Kiddie Craft Certification

Kiddie Craft, or The Craft of Piano Playing Simplified, is Alan Fraser's distillation of the ideas of Somatic Piano Technique into bite-sized exercises that studio teachers can use to empower their pupils' playing immediately. The institute offers a "Kiddie Craft" Certification to those who can demonstrate their acquaintance with the core exercises from The Craft of Piano Playing Simplified and their competence in applying them in a studio situation with young pianists.


Performance Diploma

Institute graduates who are more performance oriented in their careers may sit for the Institute Performance Diploma.


Performance Diploma Requirements

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• A minimum of 2 years' study during which the participant attends at least one full institute per year. • A minimum of 4 years' study during which the participant attends at least two full institutes per year. • A minimum of 6 years' study during which the participant attends at least two full institutes per year.
• A minimum of 2 lessons with Alan Fraser between each institute. Because of geographic constraints these lessons may be via Skype. The total number of lessons per annum, institute plus intervening, must be 12. • A minimum of 4 lessons with Alan Fraser between each institute. Because of geographic constraints these lessons may be via Skype. The total number of lessons per annum, institute plus intervening, must be 16. • A minimum of 6 lessons with Alan Fraser between each institute. Because of geographic constraints these lessons may be via Skype. The total number of lessons per annum, institute plus intervening, must be 20.
• Knowledge of Fraser's first two books on piano technique, The Craft of Piano Playing and Honing the Pianistic Self-Image. • Knowledge of Fraser's four books on piano technique, The Craft of Piano Playing, Honing the Pianistic Self-Image, All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique and Play the Piano with Your Whole Self. • Knowledge of all Fraser's books on piano technique and Feldenkrais Method, The Craft of Piano Playing, Honing the Pianistic Self-Image, All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique, Play the Piano with Your Whole Self, Transform the Pianistic Self-Image, and Skeletal Wisdom: Body & Mind Reunited in the Feldenkrais Method.
• A final exam consisting of:
  1. A 60-minute piano recital, free program.
• A final exam consisting of:
  1. A 60-minute piano recital, free program, preferably with at least two contrasting historical periods.
  2. A chamber music performance - lieder, instrumental sonata, piano trio, quartet or quintet, etc.
• A final exam consisting of:
  1. An 90-minute piano recital, free program, preferably with at least three contrasting historical periods.
  2. A chamber music performance - lieder, instrumental sonata, piano trio, quartet or quintet, etc.
  3. A performance of a concerto from the classical, romantic or modern era with orchestra (orchestra not provided by the institute - Fraser will, if possible, attend the performance, or if not possible, will evaluate the recording.)

All parts of the kinematics and somatics performance exams need not be performed on the same day.