The Overveen Institute generally takes place once a year. We hope against hope that by 2022 the Netherlands will be allowing live classes again and we will be able to schedule this institute next door to one of Europe's most amazing cities, Amsterdam. Register for our newsletter to receive scheduling updates as they arise.

The Gemeentelijke Muziekschool Bloemendaal lies a half hour west of Amsterdam on the outskirts of Haarlem, just a few minutes' walk from the Overveen train station. Until the coronavirus pandemic, Alan held an Institute there each year since 2012. The school has plenty of piano practice rooms. Alan teaches in English or French, and Dutch translation is available. Jaap Prinsen Muziekschool students and staff are welcome to audit the institute at no charge and receive a generous discount for active participation. This applies as well to associates of Amersfoort and Leusden music schools.

Jaap Prinsen Music School


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
  • 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!


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.

A Teaching Session



We ask that all participants be vaccinated against Covid-19, or that you have proof of a negative Covid-19 test done less than 72 hours before your arrival at the Institute. Please let us know your vaccination status when you register.

Alan Fraser contracted the Corona virus in November 2020. He had only mild symptoms and quickly recovered, and received the Astra-Zeneca vaccine in March and June 2021, and a booster shot in November 2021. Nevertheless, if national Covid-19 restrictions are still in force during the institute, the following measures will be followed for the protection and comfort of all participants:

  • Masks will be worn whenever the 2-metre social distancing rule cannot be followed.
  • Hands must be washed frequently and hand sanitizer will be provided.

Our Stalwart Organizer Exhorts Her Troops


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

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 Awareness Through Movement (ATM)™ lesson
(If possible, 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 Seminar & Group Awareness Through Piano Movement (ATPM)™ lesson
16:15-18:30 Remaining Lessons
8:45-11:00 3 Individual Lessons
11:00-12:00 Group Awareness Through Movement (ATM)™ lesson
(If possible, 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 Seminar & Group Awareness Through Piano Movement (ATPM)™ lesson
15:45-18:00 Remaining Lessons

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

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

Refine Structural Potency by Empowering the Thumb



The Gementelijke Muziekschool Bloemendaal is located on
Korte Zijlweg 9b
2051 BD Overveen

The School is in Behind the Church and Day Care

If you take the train to Overveen, leave the train station, walk back to the railway crossing and cross the tracks heading south. Coninue straight south until you see a large church on the left, a couple of hundred meters past the last small group of shops and restaurants. The next building is a day care center. This is directly in front of the music school. Walk through the courtyard of the daycare and along the passageway to the right of that building. The music school is in behind.



On the western edge of Haarlem, the Muziekschool lies next to a National Park that stretches from there all the way to the North Sea, only 5 km. distant. It is a place of exceptional natural beauty and peace, rich and fertile in its vegetation.

National Park Just Across the Road

There are several accommodation options in the Bloemendal area which we list here...

• The few hotels in Overveen are rather expensive.

• Your best bet is nearby Haarlem with its many inexpensive hotels, the closest of which is Hotel Carillon.

• For other hotels in Haarlem or Overveen we suggest www.booking.com.

• The nearest Youth Hostel is the Stayokay Haarlem.

• For other youth hostels as well as for another good list of reasonable hotels we suggest www.hostelworld.com.

www.airbnb.com also offers several listings in the Overveen-Bloemendaal area. Book early to get the best choice and the best price.



There are many eateries within walking distance of the music school. In the evenings we generally make reservations for the whole group at the classic old-style Klein Centraal Restaurant so we can get to know each other better. Meal costs are not included in the institute fees.




  • The active participation fee covers a daily individual lesson, daily group ATM and ATPM lessons, daily seminar lectures, and observation of all other lessons.
  • The passive participation fee covers full participation in all activities but with no individual lesson.


  • If you want to take full advantage of Alan's presence in the Netherlands, book two active days.
  • If two lessons over two days is too intense for you, book only one active day, and attend the other days 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 all two 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 (Overveen), and what days.

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

Overveen Institute one day two days
Active Participation $128 $254
Passive Participation $45 $90


We offer discounts for senior citizens, students up to 25 years of age, and those in reduced financial circumstances. For more information, please contact Sophia Cholich and let her know your status. If you qualify for a discount, you will receive a partial refund on your initial payment.

A Discussion Group



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.




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.

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.

Luba & Katya


Pianist, pedagogue and Feldenkrais practitioner Katia Mauro studied piano in her native Brazil before moving to the Netherlands for her university education. She now teaches piano at the Hague Conservatory and the Jaap Prinsen Music School, and has completed a Master's Degree in piano pedagogy at the Hague Conservatoire with special emphasis on the role of movement in piano technique. She graduated from Mia Segal's Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in July 2017, and has been coordinating the Alan Fraser Institute in Overveen since its inception in 2012.

Katia's contact information:
Telephone: 31 (06) 52 61 22 97
Email Katia

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.