The Pianimals study group is for those less lazy than Sleepy Bear (pictured below). If you have completed the Pianimals Online Institute and want to continue honing this approach, sign up for the Pianimals Online Study Group, an Awareness Through Piano Movement/research group focused on one study piece per session.
Please note that we are returning to our old time of 16:00 CET. Please see the time zone adjustment table below.
In this new format, many participants love being able to mute their microphones and practice the solutions being presented in real time. It's a new, effective way of delving into the nuts & bolts of the Pianimals language and learning to apply it in practical teaching situations.
Are you hesitant to attend? Feel you are not advanced enough? Not well-enough prepared? Don't worry; Alan welcomes all, no matter what your ability, no matter what the state of your program. The Institute really is open to all interested pianists:
There is no limit to improvement!
Due to Alan's scheduling commitments, this spring we will not always be able to follow the usual bi-weekly pattern. Please check these dates and register for as many of them as you can make... and let us know when you would like to be the "guinea pig."
Time Zone Adjustment
All sessions are recorded so that participants from Australasia may watch without burning the midnight oil.
On March 23rd, North American participants will have an extra hour of sleep, because the US and Canada will already be on Daylight Savings, whereas Europe "springs forward" only the following day.
Up until now, participants have volunteered compositions more or less from the standard repertoire. We would like to make a concerted effort to focus on intermediate level pieces, the ones you often teach your pupils. To this end we have created a list of possible compositions to choose from when you are volunteering to be a "guinea pig."
We do not limit proposals to this list, but present it to suggest the type of repertoire for which we are looking. Select one or several pieces from the list below, or offer something in a similar vein.
Each session applies the Pianimals strategies to a piece from the repertoire to imrpove both technique and musicianship.
To join the study group, pay for as many weeks as you want. Session recordings are sent to all participants at no extra cost: only purchase them if you know in advance you will not be able to attend.
The payment table has links to our retail partner, Stripe.com where you can make a secure credit card payment.
To add recordings to your purchase, from the shopping cart hit the back button twice to go all the way back to this page, select recordings; add them to your cart. To add books to your order hit the back button once, then go to the main store menu.
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We'd like to get to know you better. After registration, please come back to fill out this
PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM. Remember to note in the comments section which weeks you will be attending.
After you've completed your institute, we'd like to keep in touch. Please return here to fill out the
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.
Canadian pianist Alan Fraser gives master classes and recitals worldwide and conducts ongoing research and refinement on the ideas put forth in his books
Our secretary has been far less lazy than Sleepy Bear, diligently notating which Pianimals exercises we decide apply best to each of the pieces we study. We are finally creating a list of these. The table below charts our voyage of discovery - it is still in development, so if you remember what we came up with at some past session, please do not hesitate to send us an email about it.
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.