Munich

November 3-6

ARTETONAL SCHULE FÜR MUSIK

The dates for the 2022 Munich Institute have been confirmed! We look forward to seeing you at this institute held in the beer capital of Europe. Register for our newsletter to receive logistical updates.

This Piano Somatics Institute takes place at the Artetonal Schule für Musik. There are ample practice facilities on site. Alan teaches in English & French, and German & Spanish translation will be available. This institute is organized by Mario de la Vega, a longtime student of Alan who has just completed a Feldenkrais Practitioner professional training program as well as his Piano Somatics Practitioner Certification.



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The Recital/Teaching space

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.

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 Performance Somatics approach. There is no limit to improvement!



SCHEDULE




STRUCTURE OF THE DAY

The institute is a mixture of piano lessons, Feldenkrais lessons and lectures on piano technique from the Piano Somatics viewpoint. On Monday morning we come together over coffee to meet each other and discuss our goals for the week. Coffee and donuts at 8:30 Monday morning, opening session at 9.

Although the full institute runs for 4 days, partial attendance is completely acceptable. You are also not obliged to take the maximum number of lessons, but can tailor-make your participation to your own needs. See the registration procedure for details.

DAILY SCHEDULE
9:00-11:15 3 lessons
11:15-12:30 Group Awareness Through Movement (ATM)™ lesson
(If possible, please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
12:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00 2 lessons
16:00-16:45 Seminar & Group Awareness Through Piano Movement (ATPM)™ lesson
16:45-18:15 2 lessons
18:15... Evening meal & chill out time

The seminar-ATPM format is new. Alan will begin by lecturing on a topic, then field some questions about the material, and then create an Awareness Through Piano Movement lesson that grows out of that lecture's focus.


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Plenty of ATM space

You are free to attend the entire day or take a break from watching the lessons, to rest, or to do a little bit of practicing. Each entire session is recorded and offered to you free of charge for future reference.


4-DAY SCHEDULE
Thursday 13:30 - Informal meetup, registration confirmation, coffee; introductory session.
14:15 - Seminar: Update on hand structure & function as applied to music performance.
15:00 - Daily Schedule
Friday 9:00 - Daily Schedule
15:30 - Seminar: Rethinking a weighted touch in the light of skeletal mechanics and orchestration.
Saturday 9:00 - Daily Schedule
15:30 - Seminar: Shaping phrases with the arm is our ultimate tool for higher musicianship.
20:00 - Participant Recital (Optional Participation)... and party!
Sunday 9:00 - Daily Schedule
15:30 - Seminar: Using the physical-musical relationship to solve specific technical trouble spots
                 and to develop the playing of younger pupils.

18:00 Closing session

The question period in each seminar is a chance to take the discussion in a whole new direction. For instance, the conversation could veer towards one of the topics below, covered in a past institute. Which of these topics is of special concern to you? Make note of it, and make sure you bring it up with Alan in a 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?

GETTING THERE




HOW TO FIND THE ARTETONAL SCHULE FÜR MUSIK

The Music School is located at
Linprunstraße 35 / Rgb

D–80335 München
T 089 / 12 00 12 02,
due south of the Olympic Stadium and due west of the English Garden, Munich's central park.


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School Entrance

LODGING




ACCOMMODATIONS NEAR THE SCHOOL

There are plenty of hotels in the area, and we also recommend airbnb.

MEALS

No shortage of excellent restaurants in Munich. We will probably all eat at the Trattoria San Benno, only a two-minute walk from the school.

REGISTER




FEES & REGISTRATION

  • 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.

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

Munich Institute one day two days three days four days
Active Participation $148 $288 $428 $570
Passive Participation $45 $90 $132 $172

COMBINING ACTIVE AND PASSIVE DAYS

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 for four days but only have two individual lessons, purchase two Active Participant days and two Passive Participant days for a total of four.

At completion of your registration, please return here to fill out the PARTICIPANT QUESTIONNAIRE, indicating which days you will be attending the Munich Institute.

Discounts

Artetonal Schule für Musik students and staff are welcome to attend the institute free of charge, and receive a 50% discount to take an active individual lesson. There are also discounts for senior citizens, students up to 25 years of age, and those in reduced financial circumstances.

To receive your discount, purchase your registration at the full price and then contact Sophia Cholich, letting her know your status. You will receive the appropriate refund on your initial payment.



A Lesson
   
A Lesson

BEFORE & AFTER THE INSTITUTE




INFORMATION SHEET & FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE

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 institutes to better meet participants' needs.


COVID-19 ADVISORY





CORONAVIRUS MEASURES

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 has been vaccinated three times and has also contracted the Corona virus three times (November 2020, January 2022 (omicron) and July 2022 (omicron)). 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.



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A Practice Room

CONTACT




GET IN TOUCH WITH US

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

MARIO DE LA VEGA - ORGANIZER

Mario hails from Spain but has lived in Germany for many years. He teaches piano at the Artetonal Schule für Musik, and has been attending the Alan Fraser Piano Institute since 2012. He is a certfied Feldenkrais practitioner as well as a certified Piano Kinematics practitioner.

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For questions about the Institute, please email Mario



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.