Study Group


The Pianimals study group is for those who are not as lazy as Sleepy Bear (pictured above). If you have completed the first Pianimals Online Institute and want to continue honing this approach, don't rest on your laurels but sign up for the Pianimals Online Study Group, structured as a discussion group focused on one study piece per session.

  • Group members prepare in advance by studying the piece and preparing a list of possible issues to be addressed.
  • Participants discuss their observations.
  • The "guinea pig" participant performs the piece.
  • Fraser works with the performer applying the Pianimals/Piano Somatics ideas to the interpretation.
  • Participants discuss the issues raised by the performance and Fraser's take on it.
  • Fraser leads an Awareness Through Piano Movement (ATPM) lesson related to performance issues in the piece.
  • Closing discussion.

In this new format, many participants love being able to practice the solutions being presented in real time, microphones muted. 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: In the research seminar on that week's study piece, the "guinea pig" participant plays the piece receiving "bullet-style" tips on how to improve the performance by applying the Pianimals ideas. Fraser will not shoot down the participant's performance but build it up with quick, precise applications of "the hand as a mini-body" strategies before creating 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.

Pianimals Pupil Vol 1
   Come let Alionus help you with your piano technique...


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!


European Time SCHEDULE
16:00-17:00 Individual Repertoire Lesson(s), Discussion
17:00-17:30 Awareness Through Piano Movement lesson at the piano
Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Finland: one hour later.

United Kingdom: one hour earlier.
Brazil, Argentina: three hours earlier.
N. America East Coast: six hours earlier (Atlantic Canada five).
N. America Central: seven hours earlier.
N. America Mountain: eight hours earlier.
N. America Pacific: nine hours earlier.
Lessons will be recorded so that participants from Australasia may watch without burning the midnight oil.


Each session covers the physical action and musical implications of the Pianimals ideas applied to a piece from the repertoire:

May 1, 2021 Mozart: D-minor Fantasie (Christine T.)
May 15, 2021 Chopin: Waltz in C# minor, Op. 64 #2 (Karolinka)
May 29, 2021 Bach: Prelude in C minor, WTC Book I BWV847 (Alejandra)
June 12, 2021 Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives #10, Op. 22 (Grace)
June 26, 2021 Chopin: Waltz in E minor, op. posth. B. 56 (Rene)
July 10, 2021 Beethoven: Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119 (Hans)
July 24, 2021 Mozart: Sonata in B flat major, K570 - 1st mvt. (Sylvia)
September 18, 2021 Mendelssohn: Venetian Boat Song in F# minor (Christine, Robert)

The sessions are bi-weekly, but if time does not allow for a full discussion of that week's study piece, a make-up session could be held the following Saturday, same time, at the discretion of the group.

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   Don't be afraid to get your feet wet at the Pianimals Study Group.



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, 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.

Pianimals Study Group one session two sessions three sessions four sessions five sessions six sessions seven sessions eight sessions
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Buy Recording $20 $40 $60 $80 $100 $120 $140 $160

Those of you who qualify for a discount should contact Sophia Cholich to enquire about these discounted registration fees. Generally discounts apply to

  • students
  • senior citizens 65 & over
  • those in reduced financial circumstances.



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.




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.

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   Alan Fraser is not a Terrible Troll

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.