Wuppertal, Bergisch Land


Due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions we still do not have dates for these sessions. Register for our newsletter to receive scheduling updates as they arise.

Alan teaches several times a year in Wuppertal. His host Hanno Beckers is a fine jazz pianist and composer, the local expert on Piano Somatics, and the musical editor for Pianimals, Alan's new piano method based on the Feldenkrais Method. After a Friday/Saturday session in Wuppertal, Alan heads over to the nearby town of Hamm to teach at Studio Mauck.

Wuppertal is the home of the inimitable hanging overland subway, the Schwebebahn. It is fitting that a unique transportation system should be found alongside Fraser's unique teaching system that combines expertise from several different schools of piano technique with the Feldenkrais Method. Hanno Beckers serves as Watson to Fraser's Sherlock Holmes as they detect hidden problems in piano technique and come up with brilliant, unusual solutions that will transform participants' playing.

This is a small-scale Institute with no lectures and no Awareness Through Movement lessons, just individual piano, instrumental, vocal and/or Feldenkrais lessons. Those who register for a lesson may observe the other lessons that day for a small additional fee to be paid on site.


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.

He also welcomes instrumentalists and vocalists, who find that their sound, their agility and their sense of ease and freedom from tension improve dramatically with Alan's Feldenkrais for Performers (Performance Somatics) approach. There is no limit to improvement!

Exquisite music from the Baker Street Studio



We ask that all participants be vaccinated against Covid-19, or have proof of recovery from a corona virus infection within the past 6 months, or that you have proof of a negative Covid-19 test done less than 24 hours before your arrival in Wuppertal. 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.



The Baker Studio is located at:
Jaegerstraße 7B
42117 Wuppertal

Jaegerstraße 7B



There are several hotels in Wuppertal, all easily available at Booking.com. We also recommend Airbnb, which has a small selection of affordable rooms in private homes in Wuppertal. Book early to be sure to get your choice.



Purchase as many lessons as you would like here, with the help of our retail partner, Stripe.com. If you qualify for a student discount, you will receive a 20% refund on this payment.

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After registering, please return here to fill out the REGISTRATION QUESTIONNAIRE.

After you have completed your institute, please come back to fill out this FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE. This helps us evaluate your experience, tailor your ongoing regime to facilitate further progress, and fine-tune the structure of future lessons 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

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.


Jazz pianist, composer and teacher Hanno Beckers has been active on the new music scene in Wuppertal for many years. His music can be found on YouTube, and he is fluent in both popuar and classical styles. He has been studying with Alan Fraser since 2015, and is close to completing the certification program for his Piano Somatics Practitioner Training.

   Hanno Beckers in his home studio

Contact Hanno Beckers.

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.