Leusden

KUNSTGEBOUW LEUSDEN

Due to the unpredictable pandemic situation, we are not scheduling institutes at the moment. We sincerely hope that the Leusden Institute can take place in May or early June, its usual place in the calendar year. Please register for our newsletter to receive updates on scheduling as they arise.

The Leusden Music School is a half hour east of Amsterdam on the outskirts of Amersfoort. It has plenty of piano practice rooms. Attending this institute, it's easy to combine piano studies with a vacation in one of Europe's most vibrant cities. Kunstgebouw Leusden students and staff are welcome to audit the institute at no charge, and receive a 35% discount for active participation. Alan teaches in English or French, and Dutch translation is available.

OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED PIANISTS

Many relatively inexperienced pianists hesitate to attend an institute, feeling they are not good enough or not well-enough prepared. However, Alan Fraser insists that we are all here to learn and this approach can help all of us, no matter what our ability or state of our program. Thus 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!

INSTRUMENTALISTS & VOCALISTS ALSO WELCOME

Alan's Feldenkrais-informed approach to performance also helps instrumentalists and vocalists, transforming their sound by making minute postural adjustments that release hidden physical blocks. If you have a friend or colleague with a specific performing issue, why not invite them to come along.

COVID-19 STEPS





PROTECTION AGAINST THE CORONA VIRUS

If social distancing measures are still in force for this institute, the following measures will be observed.
  • Masks will be worn whenever the 2-metre distancing rule cannot be followed.
  • There will be no touching in the lessons.
  • Hands must be washed frequently and hand sanitizer will be provided.
Alan Fraser contracted the Corona virus in November 2020 and has fully recovered, but these measures will still be followed strictly for the protection of all participants.

SCHEDULE


The schedule may be modified according to the makeup and needs of the group.


SATURDAY SCHEDULE
8:30-9:00 Coffee & Registration
9:00-9:30 Opening Session - Exchange
9:30-11:00 2 Individual Lessons
11:00-12:30 Group ATM (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 2 Individual Lessons
15:30-16:15 Coffee - Seminar
16:15-18:30 Remaining Lessons
SUNDAY SCHEDULE
8:45-11:00 3 Individual Lessons
11:00-12:00 Group ATM (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 2 Individal Lessos
15:00-15:45 Coffee - Seminar
15:45-18:00 Remaining Lessons

Participants will be invited to select from this list of lecture topics for the daily seminar:

2021 LECTURE TOPICS
Hand Structure & Function The Celestial Hand Arch - The Voice of the Piano
Weight Technique Arm Weight, the Anti-Gravity Function, Elasticity and Biotensegrity
The Thumb I Pass And Do Not Pass The Thumb Under: It's Complicated.
Rotation Rotation at the Micro and Macro Levels
The Hand as a Mini-Body Lying, Standing, Walking & Running: Organic Development of the Hand on the Keyboard
Pianimals Use The Pianimals Exercises & Compositions in your Teaching and your Playing
Musicianship & Technique Physical Strategies to Enhance Phrase, Polyphony & Orchestration
Feldenkrais & Piano Expressively Directed Micro-Timing: A New Musical Aesthetic
Q & A Which Aspects of Piano Somatics Intrigue You... Frustrate You... Mystify You... Satisfy You?

TRAVEL




GETTING THERE


Click here for travelling directions to:

Kunstgebouw Leusden
Eikenlaan 1,
3831 XD Leusden
(Amersfoort)


ACCOMMODATION




LODGING

There are several accommodation options in the Amersfoort area.

• To book a hotel we recommend Booking.com.
www.airbnb.com also offers several listings. Book early to get the best choice and the best price.


MEALS

Frits has very kindly offered to provide a light lunch each day. There will also be coffee, tea and cookies throughout the day. There is a small charge of €7.50 per day to cover shopping costs, to be paid at the institute.


REGISTER




FEES & REGISTRATION

The active participation fee covers TWO 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 ONLINE: make a deposit, pay the full fee, or pay a discounted fee

  • 10% discount: all registrations more than two months before the Institute opening date; seniors 65 & above any time
  • 25% discount to any student enrolled in music studies anywhere.
  • 35% discount to Kunstgebouw Leusden staff & students.
Click on your preferred option in the table below to pay by credit card or PayPal at our retail partner, 2CheckOut.com. Credit card charges appear on your statement as "2CO.com," not as "The Alan Fraser Piano Institute." Due to new 2CO regulations, all prices are listed in US dollars. You may change your payment currency at checkout.


Lesuden Institute
Participation
Full Active
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STUDENT
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EARLY BIRD
& SENIORS
Staff &
Students
Deposit $100 $100 $100 $100
Full Active $224 $201.60 $168 $145.60
1-Day Active $112 $105.30 $87.75 $76
Full Audit $45 $40.50 $33.75 FREE
1-Day Audit $25 $22.50 $18.75 FREE

Contact us for other registration options

If you have a particular registration request, for instance a partial scholarship, please contact Frits Kroese or Sophia Cholich. They will answer all your questions and do their best to meet your specific needs.



BEFORE & AFTER THE INSTITUTE




INFORMATION SHEET & FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE

We'd like to get to know you better. After registration, please come back to fill out this PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM.

After you've completed your institute, we'd like to keep in touch. Please return here to fill out the INSTITUTE FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE. This helps you and us to evaluate your experience, plan your ongoing regime for further pianistic advances, and fine-tune the institute structure to better meet your needs.


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.

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.

FRITS KROESE

Pianist and pedagogue Frits Kroese is a long-standing resident of Leusden. He teaches at Scholen in de Kunst in the Eemhuis Amersfoort, is actively involved in the Academy for Music for talented pupils, and gives recitals regularly. He first attended an Alan Fraser Piano Institute in 2015.

Frits's contact information: Email Frits


Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, reimbursement will be as follows:
Cancellations more than two months before Institute opening date: 100% reimbursement.
Cancellations more than one month before Institute opening date: 75% reimbursement.
Cancellations more than two weeks before Institute opening date: 50% reimbursement.
Cancellations more than one week before Institute opening date: 25% reimbursement.
Cancellations less than one week before Institute opening date: no reimbursement 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 event, all registration fees are fully refundable.