Paris May 16-18


Alan Fraser teaches in Paris several times a year. There is no institute this visit, which is dedicated only to individual sessions - some in private homes and some at the Conservatoire. Register for our newsletter to receive updates on future institutes.

The Paris Institutes are held at the Conservatoire Slave de Musique in Bagnolet, an eastern Parisian suburb. The Conservatoire has a fine concert Steinway and practice facilities adequate for a large group. Alan is fully bilingual and will teach in French or English as required.

Conservatoire Slave de Musique


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!



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 in Serbia. You will need your "health pass," the so-called "vaccine passport" to travel to Serbia in any case. 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.



Here is a sample institute schedule, that can be modified according to the makeup and needs of each particular group.

9:00-11:15 3 Individual Lessons
11:15-12:30 Group Awareness Through Movement (ATM)™ lesson
(If possible, please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 2 Individal Lessons
15:30-16:15 Seminar & Group Awareness Through Piano Movement (ATPM)™ lesson
16:15-18:30 Remaining Lessons

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.

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

Thursday 9:00 - Informal meetup, registration confirmation, coffee; introductory session.
9:45 - Daily Schedule
15:30 - Seminar: Update on hand structure & function as applied to music performance.
Friday 9:00 - Daily Schedule
15:30 - Seminar: How can that pesky thumb give 100%? When it relates functionally to the whole.
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)
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.

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?



The Conservatoire is located at 59, rue Victor Hugo, 93170 Bagnolet.

There are two ways of getting there by Métro :

Take Line 9 to Robespierre:

Exit the Robespierre métro at the back of the train. Turn right to walk to Robespierre, then turn left to cross the street and head north on rue Arsène Chereau. Continue to Place de la Fraternité. After the square, rue Arsène Chéreau becomes rue Robespierre, Bagnolet. Continue on Robespierre and take the first left onto rue Victor Hugo.

Do not head south further into Montreuil, where there is another Victor Hugo Avenue. The Victor Hugo Avenue on the map at the entrance to the station is not the one you are looking for. Robespierre station is in Montreuil, and the Robespierre street next to the station leads south into Montreuil. You need to head north into Bagnolet.

Orient yourself with this map of the area around métro Robespierre, Montreuil. 59, rue Victor Hugo is in the top left hand corner of this map.

Perhaps it is simpler to take Line 3 to Galliéni:

Take the Robespierre exit, walk south to rue Victor Hugo (do not go north under the expressway), then turn right onto rue Victor Hugo.

The conservatoire is available during the following hours:

  • Wednesday: 8 am-4pm
  • Thursday: 8 am-5pm
  • Friday: 8 am-5pm
  • Sunday: 8 am-2pm
If you cannot schedule your lessons during those times, Alan will give lessons at an address in Montreuil (south of the Robespierre metro) or, if possible, at your place.



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


We take most of our meals at Le Figuier which is right beside the Conservatoire. The ambience of this place is truly unique, and the excellent food is well-priced.

Le Figuier
   Le Figuier




If there is no institute but you would like to reserve your private lesson(s) with Alan, you may purchase as many lessons as you like here, with the help of our retail partner, Again, if you qualify for a student discount, you will receive a partial refund on this payment.

Paris Private Lessons 1 2 3 4 5 6
Purchase the number of lessons you want here $120 $240 $360 $480 $600 $720



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.




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.

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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.