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ZOOM, JULY 3-7, 2022

Attend an Online Institute

Are you sceptical about distance learning? Come to an Online Piano Institute to see just how well it can work. Piano Somatics focuses on quality of movement, so generally the visual impression offers enough information for effective guidance - of course, bandwith that gives uninterrupted audio as well as video makes it even better.

An added bonus to the online format is being able to mute the microphone so all participants can try out the techniques being taught in real time. Some say they even prefer this format to a live institute!

Our online format follows the same schedule as a live institute: daily lecture, group Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lesson, Awareness Through Piano Movement (ATPM) lesson and individual piano lessons. Alan Fraser leads all these activities. After each individual lesson there will be a short discussion where we can clarify our understanding of what went on.

Because of the 6-hour time difference, we offer separate North American and European institutes. You will receive all the necessary instructions for signing in to the Zoom meeting upon registratiion.

Effective Teaching at a Distance

Alan writes,

"Teaching at a distance, one must be absolutely clear about the learning process. Teaching live, I can touch a pianist's arm and guide it to inflect a phrase - but do I know exactly what I'm doing, what I'm sensing? At a distance, I must give a verbal instruction that effectively evokes the same intuitive, sensorial learning process. I can do that if I understand that process in its essence. Teaching online has made me clearer in my thinking and has brought my teaching to a new level of power and incision.

'I am still amazed at the striking changes in sonority and emotional expression that happen when the hand manifests its "structural power" - and even more amazed at how audible these changes are, even over Zoom."

Lecturing at the University of Wisconsin's Optimal Performance & Biomechanics Graduate Seminar in Piano Technique in April 2020 - a sample of Alan's online presence:

You can also watch many of Alan's online lessons at

Take a Private Lesson or Attend an Institute?

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 steps forward.
  • 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.


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.

There is no limit to improvement!



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



Almost all scheduled times are European Daylight Savings. If you live in another time zone, please make the appropriate adjustment.

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

10:00-12:00 Lessons #1 & 2 (50-minute lesson, 10-minute discussion)
12:00-13:00 Group ATM (Please have a yoga mat or blanket ready for this class.)
13:00-14:00 Meal Break
14:00-16:00 Lessons #3 & 4
16:00-17:00 Seminar, group ATPM
17:00-19:00 Lessons #5 & 6
19:00 Au revoir

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 the lecture's focus. As we are on Zoom, everyone can do the lesson at the piano.

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.

Sunday 9:30 - Informal meetup to make sure we can all "Zoom" no problem; introductory session.
10:00 - Daily Schedule
16:00 - Seminar: Update on hand structure & function as applied to music performance.
Monday 10:00 - Daily Schedule
16:00 - Seminar: How can that pesky thumb give 100%? When it relates functionally to the whole.
Tuesday 10:00 - Daily Schedule
16:00 - Seminar: Rethinking a weighted touch in the light of skeletal mechanics.
Wednesday 10:00 - Daily Schedule
16:00 - Seminar: Shaping phrases with the arm is our ultimate tool for higher musicianship.
Thursday 10:00 - Daily Schedule
16:00 - Seminar: Using the physical-musical relationship to solve specific technical trouble spots and to develop the playing of younger pupils.
20:00 - Online Participant Recital (Optional Participation)

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 these topics covered in different 2021 institute lectures. Which of these topics is of special concern to you? Make note of it, and make sure you get a chance to discuss it with Alan in the seminars.

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 entire institute will be recorded and available to watch afterwards. If you do not attend the institute, you can purchase the recordings.



  • Active participants have a daily individual lesson, daily group ATM and ATPM lessons, daily seminar lectures, and observe all other lessons.
  • Passive participants take part fully in all activities but receive no individual lesson.

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

Online Piano Somatics Institute one day two days three days four days five days
Active Participation $140 $275 $410 $545 $680
Passive Participation $45 $90 $132 $172 $210


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 five days but only have three individual lessons, purchase three Active Participant days and two Passive Participant days for a total of five. At completion of your registration, please return her to fill out the PARTICIPANT QUESTIONNAIRE, indicating which institute you will be attending (Zoom USA), and what days.


We offer discounts for senior citizens, students up to 25 years of age, and those in reduced financial circumstances. For more information, please contact Sophia Cholich and let her know your status. If you qualify for a discount, you will receive a partial refund on your initial payment.



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.

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.