Paris

CONSERVATOIRE SLAVE DE MUSIQUE, BAGNOLET, PARIS

Due to the unpredictable pandemic situation, we are not scheduling institutes at the moment. Alan Fraser generally teaches in Paris a couple of times a year, once in the spring and once in the autumn. Please register for our newsletter to receive updates on scheduling as they arise.

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
   Conservatoire Slave de Musique

OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED PIANISTS

Many relatively inexperienced pianists hesitate to attend an institute, feeling they are not good enough or not well-enough prepared. However, Alan Fraser insists that we are all here to learn and this approach can help all of us, no matter whether our program is well-prepared or in a shambles. 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!

Conservatoire Slave de Musique students and staff are welcome to audit the institute at no charge and receive a 35% discount for active participation.


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.


SCHEDULE




SCHEDULE

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


DAILY SCHEDULE
9:00-11:15 3 Individual Lessons
11:15-12:30 Group ATM (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 2 Individal Lessons
15:30-16:15 Coffee - Seminar
16:15-18:30 Remaining Lessons

Participants will be invited to select from this list 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
The Thumb I Pass And Do Not Pass The Thumb Under: It's Complicated!
Rotation Rotation at the Micro and Macro Levels
The Hand as a Mini-Body Lying, Standing, Walking & Running: Organic Development of the Hand on the Keyboard
Pianimals Use The Pianimals Exercises & Compositions in your Teaching and your Playing
Musicianship & Technique Physical Strategies to Enhance Phrase, Polyphony & Orchestration
Feldenkrais & Piano Expressively Directed Micro-Timing: A New Musical Aesthetic
Q & A Which Aspects of Piano Somatics Intrigue You... Frustrate You... Mystify You... Satisfy You?

GETTING THERE




GETTING THERE

The Conservatoire is located at 59, rue Victor Hugo, 93170 Bagnolet. There are two ways of getting there by Métro :

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.

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.


LODGING




LODGING

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

LES REPAS

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



REGISTER




FEES & REGISTRATION

Please register for as many days as you would like, or make a deposit and pay the rest on arrival. Email Sophia Cholich to reserve your preferred time(s).

TO REGISTER

In the tables below, click on your preferred option to pay by credit card or PayPal at 2CheckOut.com, our retail partner. The credit card charge 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. You may change your payment currency at checkout.


Registration 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days
Active participant full rate $128 $254 $375 $478
Active participant student rate $100 $195 $285 $370
Passive participant full rate $28 $54 $78 $100
Passive participant student rate $21 $40 $57 $75

Contact us for further registration options

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



BEFORE & AFTER THE INSTITUTE




INFORMATION SHEET & FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE

Please fill out this PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM before attending the institute.

Afterwards, please fill out this FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE. This helps evaluate your experience, tailor your ongoing regime to facilitate further progress, 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.