Overveen

GEMEENTELIJKE MUZIEKSCHOOL JAAP PRINSEN BLOEMENDAAL

Due to the unpredictable pandemic situation, we are not scheduling institutes at the moment. We sincerely hope that the Overveen Institute can take place in late October-early November, its usual place in the calendar year. Please register for our newsletter to receive updates on scheduling 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. Alan Fraser has held an Institute there annually since 2012. The school has plenty of piano practice rooms. Alan Fraser 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.


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   Jaap Prinsen Music School

OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED PIANISTS

Many relatively inexperienced pianists hesitate to attend an institute, feeling they are not good enough or 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.


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   A Teaching Session

COVID-19 STEPS





PROTECTION AGAINST THE CORONA VIRUS

If social distancing measures are still in force for this institute, the following measures will be observed.
  • Masks will be worn whenever the 2-metre distancing rule cannot be followed.
  • There will be no touching in the lessons.
  • Hands must be washed frequently and hand sanitizer will be provided.
Alan Fraser contracted the Corona virus in November 2020 and has fully recovered, but these measures will still be followed strictly for the protection of all participants.


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   Our Stalwart Organizer Exhorts Her Troops

SCHEDULE


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


SATURDAY 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
SUNDAY 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:

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 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?

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   Refine Structural Potency by Empowering the Thumb


TRAVEL




GETTING THERE


Click here for travelling directions to:

Gementelijke Muziekschool Bloemendaal
Korte Zijlweg 9b
2051 BD Overveen
(Haarlem)


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   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.


ACCOMMODATION




LODGING

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. It is a place of exceptional natural beauty and peace, rich and fertile in its vegetation.


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   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.



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   Klein-Centraal

MEALS

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.


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   Klein-Centraal

REGISTER




FEES & REGISTRATION

The active participation fee covers TWO individual lessons, daily group ATM lesson, daily seminar lecture, and observation of all other lessons. Auditors participate fully but receive no individual lessons.

TO REGISTER

Register online with a deposit or payment in full. Click on your preferred option to pay by credit card or PayPal at 2CheckOut.com, our retail partner. Note that the credit card charges will appear on your statement as "2CO.com," not as "The Alan Fraser Piano Institute." Due to new 2CO regulations, all prices are listed in US dollars, but you can easily change your payment currency at checkout.


OPTION 1: Online Deposit

Register with a $100 non-refundable deposit.


OPTION 2: Full Registration Online


Participation FULL REGISTRATION EARLY BIRD &
SENIORS 10% OFF
STUDENTS
25% OFF
Staff & Students
35% OFF
Overveen 2020 Full Active $240 $215 $180 $155
Overveen 2020 Active one day $120 $112.50 $90 $77.50
Overveen 2020 Full Audit $75 $65 $55 FREE
Overveen 2020 Audit one day $40 $35 $27.50 FREE

OPTION 3: Contact us for further registration options

For other options please contact Katia Mauro or Sophia Cholich to reserve your place. Katia or Sophia will answer all your questions and arrange your preferred payment option and/or partial scholarship.


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   Discussion Group


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 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.

KATIA MAURO


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   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.