An online institute has a particular learning atmosphere. The constraints evoke a stronger effort to communicate from both teacher and student. Everyone tries harder to overcome the limitations imposed by the format, and the learning process actully increases in intensity. There are also aspects unique to the online format: for instance, participants can mute their microphones to try out the techniques they see being taught, on their own pianos, in real time. Some have even said they even prefer this format to a live institute - not just because they saved on travel time and money.
The online format follows the usual basic schedule: a daily lecture and a group Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson mixed with individual piano lessons. At the conclusion of each individual lesson we have added a short discussion where online observers can clarify their understanding of what they saw.
Alan writes, "Teaching at a distance, one must be absolutely clear about the learning process. When I touch a pianist's arm and guide it to inflect a phrase, what exactly am I doing? What am I sensing? Can I give a verbal instruction that effectively recreates that process? Yes I can, if I understand that process in its essence.
To get an idea of Alan's teaching presence online, watch this lecture he gave to the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Optimal Peformance & Biomechanics Graduate Seminar in piano technique in April 2020,
or look at some online lessons at PianoTechnique.org
You will receive all the necessary instructions for signing in to the Zoom upon registratiion.
Why attend an institute instead of simply having online lessons with Alan?
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:
There is no limit to improvement!
ALL SCHEDULE TIMES ARE EUROPEAN. BRITISH PARTICIPANTS CALCULATE ONE HOUR EARLIER.
The schedule may be modified according to the makeup and needs of the group.
The entire institute will be recorded and available to watch afterwards. If you did not attend the institute, you can
purchase the right to view the recordings.
Full registration entitles you to THREE individual lessons plus full participation in all other activities.
Register using the table below, or make a deposit and pay the rest before the institute begins. You may "custom-design" your participation - for instance, if you would like only one lesson, register for one active day and two passive observer days. In these cases, Email Sophia Cholich to indicate your preferred day(s) and time(s).
Upon registering you will receive email confirmation with the Zoom meeting link and instructions on how to set up your computer or phone to participate optimally in the institute.
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OPTION 1: Online Deposit
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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.
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After you have completed the institute, please come back to fill out this
QUESTIONNAIRE. This helps you and us evaluate your experience, tailor your ongoing regime to facilitate further
progress, and fine-tune the institute structure 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 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.