Houten

OCTOBER 28-30: HOUTEN CULTUURHUIS SCHONEVELD

This year's Piano Somatics Netherlands Institute will be held at a cultural center in Houten, a suburb of Utrecth about 40 minutes south of Amsterdam.

The Cultuurhuis Schonveld is a half hour south of Amsterdam on the outskirts of Utrecht. It has plenty of piano practice rooms. Visit their Facebook page for more information. Attending this institute, it's easy to combine piano studies with a vacation in one of Europe's most vibrant cities. 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.

SCHEDULE


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


MONDY 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
TUESDAY 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:

AVAILABLE 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
Cultuurhuis Schonveld
Zonnehout 36
3991 MX Houten
Netherlands


ACCOMMODATION




LODGING

There are several accommodation options in the Utrecht 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

We will eat out at one of the local restaurants, to be decided by democratic vote!


REGISTER




FEES & REGISTRATION

  • Active participants have a daily individual lesson, daily group ATM and ATPM lessons, daily seminar lectures, and observe all other lessons.
  • Passive participants take part fully in all activities but receive no individual lesson.

COMBINE ACTIVE AND PASSIVE DAYS

  • If you want to take full advantage of Alan's presence in Leusden, book two active days.
  • If two lessons over two days is too intense for you, book only one active day, and attend the other day as an auditor. To combine active and passive registrations, hit the back button on your browser to add another purchase item to the same payment procedure. For instance, if you want to attend both days but only have one individual lesson, purchase one Active Participant day and one Passive Participant day for a total of two.
At completion of your registration, please return here to fill out the PARTICIPANT QUESTIONNAIRE, indicating which institute you will be attending (Berlin), and what days.

Click on your preferred option below to pay by credit card at our retail partner, Stripe.com.

Participation 1 day 2 days
Active participant $148 $288
Passive participant $45 $90

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 books:

He is at work on several new volumes. Visit here for more on Alan Fraser. If you have questions about your participation in the institute and would like to address them directly to Alan Fraser, please feel free to 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.