Somatic Piano Playing - the summation of Alan Fraser's approaches
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
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.
Institute graduates who are more performance oriented in their careers may sit for the Institute Performance Diploma.
Performance Diploma Requirements
All parts of the kinematics and somatics performance exams need not be performed on the same day.
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