Montreal, Canada

Montreal, July 2-5, 15-20


Now the official affiliate partner of the Alan Fraser Piano Institute

After Alan's successful workshop in March this year, the Lambda School, has invited him back to lead two institutes in July. We are excited about a new aspect of these institutes: the Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons which begin on the floor will conclude in the school's piano lab, on multiple keyboards where each student will feel how the whole body organization can transfer directly and immediately to the hand on key.

Because Alan Fraser and Angela Chan have both worked so extensively with Phil Cohen, their approaches dovetail beautifully: Angela with her unique focus on what actually makes a child prodigy, and Alan with the added dimensions of Feldenkrais, Tai Chi and Kemal Gekic-style virtuosity.


  • 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.

When teacher and student attend together, the teacher has a double learning experience: watching Fraser work with the student and studying in his or her own lessons.

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   A Hand Arch Lesson at Lambda

9:00-11:15 3 lessons
11:15-12:30 Group Feldenkrais ATM (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:30 2 lessons
3:30-4:15 Seminar Lecture
4:15-6:30 3 Lessons
6:30-8:00 Dinner
8:00-10:15 Any remaining lessons (private)

a lecture
   A Fruitful Exchange

Tuesday Coffee & Reception 8:15 am
Daily Schedule (seminar: The Anti-Gravity Function & Biotensegrity)
Wednesday Daily Schedule (seminar: I Pass And Do Not Pass The Thumb Under)
Thursday Daily Schedule (seminar: Ubiquitous Rotation)
Friday Modified Daily Schedule (seminar: Expressively Directed Micro-Timing: A New Musical Aesthetic)
Closing Recital 8 p.m. (optional participation)
Monday Coffee & Reception 8:15 am
Daily Schedule (seminar: The Anti-Gravity Function & Biotensegrity)
Tuesday Daily Schedule (seminar: I Pass And Do Not Pass The Thumb Under)
Wednesday Daily Schedule (seminar: Ubiquitous Rotation)
Thursday Daily Schedule (seminar: The Arm is the Musical Mind)
Friday Daily Schedule (seminar: The Whole Body is the Source of Music)
Saturday Modified Daily Schedule (seminar: Expressively Directed Micro-Timing: A New Musical Aesthetic)
Closing Recital 4 p.m. (optional participation)

a lecture
   Goldberg Variations



The Lambda School of Music & Fine Arts
4989 Boul des Sources
Pierrefonds, Quebec
Canada H8Y3E3

The nearest airport is Trudeau International, just a few minutes' drive from the school. Click here for directions from the airport.



Hotels and Airbnb on the West Island

There is no shortage of hotels and other accomodations in the Pierrefonds area.

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   A Happy Group



To register for the July 2-5 institute, pay for 4 days. To register for the July 15-20 institute, pay for 6 days. If you cannot attend an entire institute, pay for as many days as you would like to participate. In all cases, please be sure to let us know which dates you plan to attend.

The active participation fee covers a daily individual lesson, daily group ATM lesson, daily seminar lecture, and observation of all other lessons. Auditors participate fully but receive no individual lesson.

After registering, please return here to fill out the DETAILED PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FORM.


In the tables below, click on your preferred option to pay by credit card or PayPal at, our retail partner.

Please note that due to new 2CO regulations, ALL PRICES ARE LISTED IN U.S. DOLLARS. You may change your payment currency at checkout. Please also note that the credit card charge will appear on your statement as "2CO.COM," not as "The Alan Fraser Piano Institute."

OPTION 1: Deposit Online

Register with a non-refundable deposit.

Montreal 2019 Pay Deposit
Montreal 2019 Deposit $100

OPTION 2: Full Payment Online

Register with full payment will be available online as soon as the fee schedule has been finalized. Please write us for more details.

See bottom of page for cancellation/refund policies.

DISCOUNTS: If you qualify for a discount, please use the appropriate category in the table. Please contact Sophia Cholich for any questions you may have.

c. 10 % EARLY BIRD & SENIORS DISCOUNT - for seniors age 65 and over; also anyone under 65 who registers by May 15.

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Remember, when you've registered, please fill out the DETAILED PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FORM.

After you have completed your institute, please come back to 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.

Fees for the Alan Fraser Piano Institute cover venue rental costs, travel costs, administration and website costs as well as Professor Fraser's teaching fees. Accommodation fees are paid separately to the host institution or the private accommodation you arrange.

OPTION 4: Contact us for further registration options

For other options such as registering 'in person' and paying by cheque, please email Angela Chan or call her at (514) 684-7154 to reserve your place. Angela will answer all your questions and arrange your preferred payment option.

   Learning to Waltz




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.


Angela Chan - Founder & Director of Lambda School, Head of Piano Pedagogy


Dr. Angela Chan founded the Lambda School in 2008 to bring the highest quality musical and artistic education to Montreal's West Island. Prof. Chan is a graduate of Concordia University's Leonardo Project, the brainchild of Phil Cohen who pioneered many new techniques in linking the body to musical performance: "shaping the invisible." Prof. Chan has modified these techniques to suit the mind and soul of her young pianists, with whom she continues to work miracles. They regularly win competitions, and some of them have been invited to play in Carnegie Hall every year for the past decade.

Recognized as the great-grand student of Alfred Cortot (from the lineage of Frederyck Chopin), Dr. Chan is an accomplished concert pianist who has performed extensively in Canada, Europe, the U.S.A. China and Hong Kong, and has been featured on the Discovery Channel (Canada), Global TV, CBC, the Australian Television Network, CJAD, CJOH, RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong) and other media networks. Dr. Chan’s works have also been featured in Maclean’s Magazine, La Scena Musicale, the Montreal Gazette and the National Post. Angela Chan holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance, Pedagogy and Education from Concordia University, Montreal. Dr. Chan is head of the piano pedagogy division at Lambda School, providing professional and career development opportunities for piano teachers. Dr. Chan has a wealth of experiences in helping students achieve their maximum potential, and has groomed numerous child prodigies in her career. In her 30 years of extensive music and psychological research, Dr. Chan has unraveled the mysteries of effective and efficient learning. As a consequence, within short periods of study with Dr. Chan, many of her students have demonstrated phenomenal progress.

Dr. Chan's students have won numerous first prizes in national and international piano competitions and have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York as well as in Europe. Dr. Chan's students have been highly successful under her guidance - they have been accepted by prestigious universities in the US and Canada, including the New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music and the Manhattan School of Music in New York, as well as McGill University in Canada. Dr. Chan is also the author of the new Lambda piano method series developed to help pianists progress at an accelerated pace. Dr. Chan is completing a book on her research and experiences with innovative pedagogical approaches, due to be released in 2020. Recognized internationally as an outstanding pedagogue, Dr. Chan has been invited to adjudicate a number of major competitions in Canada, China and in the US. She is also senior examiner and clinician of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Chan serves as pedagogical consultant to the iScore Project – an online pedagogical platform co-developed by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Concordia University and Queen’s University. Dr. Chan has lectured at Concordia University, and she also serves as artistic and pedagogical consultant for a number of music and arts organizations. She is also currently pedagogical consultant to an innovative pedagogical project in China in the provinces of Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Dr. Angela Chan
4989 Boul des Sources
Pierrefonds, Quebec
Canada H8Y3E3
Angela Chan email

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, reimbursement will be as follows:
Cancellations before May 1: 100% reimbursement.
Cancellations before May 15: 75% reimbursement.
Cancellations before June 1: 50% reimbursement.
Cancellations before June 15: 25% reimbursement.
Cancellations after June 15: no reimbursement unless 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 eventuality all resgistration fees will be fully refunded.