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An Online Institute

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.

Effective Teaching at a Distance

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.

It's amazing the degree to which the striking changes in sonority and emotional expression that happen when the hand attains its "structural power" are perceptible even over Zoom."

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

You will receive all the necessary instructions for signing in to the Zoom upon registratiion.

An Institute Instead of Private Lessons

Why attend an institute instead of simply having online lessons with Alan?

  • Participants learn from each other. It often helps to see another grappling with a problem similar to yours.
  • Feldenkrais: an added dimension to learning that leads to general improvement as well as piano-specific advancement.
  • Lectures: Alan will give updated versions of classic lectures such as
    • the innate structural-functional power of the hand arch
    • the special role of the thumb
    • the use (or not) of arm weight, and
    • how every physical strategy has a musical application.
    Ask him questions in real time and benefit from a shared discussion that reaches further into the upper echelons of artistry at the piano.
  • Stimulation: push yourself! Use this experience to get out of your rut and break new ground pianistically.


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!



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

Basic 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?

10:00-11:00 Lesson #1 (50-minute lesson, 10-minute discussion)
11:00-12:00 Lesson #2
12:00-13:00 Group ATM (Please have a yoga mat or blanket ready for this class.)
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Lesson #3
15:00-16:00 Seminar
16:00-18:00 Lessons #4 & 5
18:00 Au revoir

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.

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


In the tables below, when you scroll over a price it changes colour. Click on your preferred option to pay by credit card or PayPal at, our retail partner. Note that the credit card charge will appear on your statement as "," not as "The Alan Fraser Piano Institute."

Please note that due to new 2CO regulations, ALL PRICES ARE LISTED IN U.S. DOLLARS. You may change your payment currency at checkout.

OPTION 1: Online Deposit

Register with a non-refundable deposit.

Zoom Institute Summer 2020 Pay Deposit
Europe Summer 2020 Zoom Institute Deposit $75

OPTION 2: Register Online

Registration Full price Senior (65 & over)
10% discount
Student (25 & under)
25% discount
Active per day $125 $112.50 $93.75
Full active $345 $310.50 $258.75
Observer per day $50 $45 $37.50
Full observer $125 $112.50 $82.50

OPTION 3: 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.



After registration, please come back to fill out this PARTICIPANT QUESTIONNAIRE.

After you have completed the institute, please come back to fill out this FOLLOWUP 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.