Study Group

PIANIMALS ONLINE STUDY GROUP: CONTINUING BI-WEEKLY SESSIONS

The Pianimals study group is for those less lazy than Sleepy Bear (pictured above). 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.

  • Group members prepare in advance by studying the piece, developing a list of possible Pianimals strategies that could address the technical and interpretative issues.
  • Participants and particularly the designated performer present their conclusions.
  • The designated performer plays the piece.
  • Participants consider the issues raised by the discussion and the performance.
  • Alan works with the performer applying the ideas of Pianimals and Piano Somatics to the interpretation.
  • Alan creates an Awareness Through Piano Movement (ATPM) lesson that grows out of the performance issues raised in the study session.
  • Closing discussion.

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.

90-minute format:

  • The "guinea pig" participant plays the study piece receiving "bullet-style" tips on how to improve the performance by applying the Pianimals ideas.
  • Fraser then creates a half hour ATPM that incorporates the techniques discussed in the lesson.
We can go a few minutes overtime but must finish before the Pianimals Online Institute begins on the following hour.


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REPERTOIRE TO BE COVERED

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.

  • Bach: C minor prelude from the Little Preludes; something from the Anna Magdalena Bach book; C major prelude WTC I
  • CPE Bach: Solfeggio in C minor
  • Bartok: Mikrokosmos, especially #69 (The chord study from book 3)
  • Beethoven: Sonatas Op.49 #1 & #2
  • Burgmüller: Etudes, Op. 100, especially #1 Candour, #2 Arabesque, #5 Innocence, #12 Farewell, #15 Ballade, etc.
  • Clementi: Sonatinas, Op. 36
  • Cramer: Etudes, Opp. 30 & 40
  • Czerny: The School of Velocity, Op. 299 or other etudes
  • Debussy: 1er Arabesque, Le Petit Negre, Golliwog's Cakewalk, The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, The Little Shepherd
  • Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Opuses 12, 38, 43, 47, 54, 57, 62, 65, 68 & 71... for instance Op. 71, #3 The Puck, etc.
  • Kabalevsky: 30 Pieces for Children, Op.27; 24 Pieces for Children, Op. 39 (especially Ivan Sings or Toccatina); Sonatina in C
  • Kuhlau: Sonatinas
  • Mendelssohn: Venetian Boat Songs in F# minor and G minor
  • Mozart: Sonata in C Major, KV 545 esp. the 2nd movement
  • Schubert: Impromptus
  • Schumann: Album for the Young, Op. 68
  • Tschaikovsky: Album for the Young, Op .39
  • Royal Conservatory Exam Books: anything from the first 8 grades.
  • Hours with the Masters: anything from the first six books

Each session applies the Pianimals strategies to a piece from the repertoire to imrpove both technique and musicianship.

This schedule for Autumn 2022 will be the fourth series of eight bi-weekly Study Group sessions. Please sign up below and feel free to contace us if you would like to be the "guinea pig."

DATES (AUTUMN 2022) STUDY PIECE(S)
Sept 10 TBD
Sept 24 TBD
October 8 TBD
October 22 TBD
November 5 TBD
November 19 TBD
December 3 TBD
December 17 TBD

Here is a list of compositions which we don't especially advise, as we have already studied them:

Past Compositions Presented by:
Bach: C minor Prelude, WTC Book I BWV847 Alejandra
Bach: D major Prelude & Fugue, WTC I Cristina F.
Bach: Ab+ major Prelude & Fugue WTC I Grace
Beethoven: Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119 Hans
Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata 1st mvt Siri
Brahms: Ballade Op 10 #1 in D minor Silvia
Chopin: Waltz in C# minor, Op. 64 #2 Karolinka
Chopin: Waltz in E minor, op. posth. B. 56 Rene
Mendelssohn: Frühlingslied op.62 n.6 (SWW) Maria
Mendelssohn: Venetian Boat Song in F# minor Robert
Mozart: Sonata in B flat major, K570 - 1st mvt. Sylvia
Mozart: D-minor Fantasie Christine T.
Mussorgsky: A Tear Christine T.
Michael Nyman: The Heart Asks Pleasure First Kathleen
Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives #10, Op. 22 Grace
Debussy: 1er Arabesque Christine Olson
Bach: Little D minor prelude from the Kleine Praeludien Alejandra Ramirez
Grieg: Lyric Piece, Op. 57 #2 - Gade Hans
Einaud: Elegy for the Arctic Sinden Maredans
Schumann: Op.68 (Mignon, May, Sweet May!) Silvia Domenico
Czerny: Etudes Op. 139, #75 (Gm) and #76 (Bm) - Kathleen Carels
Kabalevsky: Short Pieces, Op. 27
#3 — Etude in A minor
#12 — Toccatina
#13 — A Little Joke
#20 — A Short Story
- Grace Asquith
Burgmüller: Etudes, Op. 100 (#2 Arabesque, #12 Farewell #15 Ballade, #5 Innocence) Christine T

SCHEDULE



European Time ACTIVITY
16:00-17:00 Individual Repertoire Lesson, Discussion
17:00-17:30 Awareness Through Piano Movement lesson at the piano

Time Zone Adjustment

  • Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Finland: start time 17:00.
  • United Kingdom: start time 15:00.
  • Brazil, Argentina: start time 13:00.
  • N. America East Coast: start time 10:00. (Atlantic Canada 11:00).
  • N. America Central: start time 9:00.
  • N. America Mountain: start time 8:00.
  • N. America Pacific: start time 7:00.

All sessions are recorded so that participants from Australasia may watch without burning the midnight oil.


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OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED PIANISTS

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:

  • students who wish to improve their sound and agility
  • adult 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!


REGISTER




FEES & REGISTRATION

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.

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  • students
  • senior citizens 65 & over
  • those in reduced financial circumstances.
Those of you who qualify for a discount should contact Sophia Cholich to enquire about these discounted registration fees.

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. 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 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 concerns or questions about your participation in the institute and would like to address them directly to Alan Fraser, send him an email.


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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.