This is our third year in Bezanson Recital Hall of the
U. Mass Department of Music & Dance.
Bezanson's two fine Steinway D pianos and its stellar acoustics assure an exceptional level of artistic
work at this Institute. Practice facilities will be available at the Music Department.
Due to scheduling limitations this 5-day institute will have the closing recital on the afternoon of day 5. The closing party after the recital will be held at a residence in Northampton.
If you cannot attend the entire institute, please contact
Christine Olson to arrange a reduced attendance plan.
Many pianists wonder whether they are good enough to attend the institute. Alan Fraser is quite adamant in welcoming pianists of all ages and abilities. "Elitist we're not!" says he. If your program is not in perfect shape, so much the better: you will develop valuable preparation techniques which will assure a greater mastery of the composition in the end. Thus,
The Institute is really open to ALL INTERESTED PIANISTS:
Amherst, Massachusetts with its interesting eateries and numerous New England wood frame houses offers congenial surroundings for the creative atmosphere of the institute - and Amherst is historically significant: the last and largest professional training given by Moshe Feldenkrais took place here, and the Dorothy Taubman Institute was in residence for many summers. We look forward to soaking up the vibes with you in Amherst.
INDIVIDUAL LESSONS FOR LOCAL TEACHERS
Teachers in the Amherst area who might find it difficult to get away from their studio obligations for the entire week can have individual lessons on a pay-as-you-go basis. We also encourage them to bring select students for a session or two. The special focus will be on bringing Fraser's new technique strategies to young students, allowing them to improve their sound and agility, advance more quickly and avoid the risk of injury. Please contact Christine Olson to arrange these lessons.
ARRIVAL & ONSITE REGISTRATION
Your registration packets will be distributed at the opening gathering. Coffee and donuts at 9 Monday morning, the opening session at 10.
Click here for travelling
directions to the U. Mass Music Department.
Note: Parking passes are available at $5 a day - contact Christine Olson if you need a pass.
The nearest airport is Bradley International in Hartford, CT.
There are several
airport shuttles to Amherst.
Directions from Bradley International Airport
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Boston-Logan Airport is
2 1/2 hours from Amherst by bus, and 2 hours by car.
BILLETING IN PRIVATE HOMES
Christine Olson has arranged with several of her neighbours in nearby Northampton to offer low-cost
accommodation ($25 a night for private room and shared bath). The neighbourhood is a 20-minute drive to U.
Mass. and we will provide a shuttle service. Please contact Christine by June 1 if you would like to be
billeted in one of these homes. We are doing everything possible to make your attendance at this Institute
HOTELS, HOSTELS, AIRBNB
See the U. Mass website for a list of hotels and hostels in the area. Booking.com and Airbnb.com offer other
accommodation possibilities. HILLEL HOUSE in Amherst offers inexpensive, comfortable accomodations:
dorm housing with shared bath, kitchen and laundry. Call or email Robert Kaufman to make your reservation:
firstname.lastname@example.org Cell 413 218 4557 Office 413 549 1710 ex 205
The active participation fee covers FIVE individual lessons, daily group ATM lesson, daily seminar lecture,
and observation of all other lessons. Auditors participate fully but receive no individual lessons. The fee also includes, this year for the first time, free access to your online lesson videos after the institute.
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as "The Alan Fraser Piano Institute."
OPTION 1: Online Deposit
Register with a non-refundable deposit.
OPTION 2: Register Online
OPTION 3: Online Discounts
10 % EARLY BIRD & SENIORS DISCOUNT - for seniors age 65 and over; also anyone under 65 who registers by May 1.
25% STUDENT DISCOUNT - for students up to age 25.
35% U MASS DISCOUNT - for all actively participating U Mass College students and staff.
Remember, when you've registered, please fill out the
In addition to Professor Fraser's teaching fees, tuition payments cover venue rental costs, travel costs, administration and website costs, and this for the first time, free access to your lesson videos online. Accommodation and meals are paid separately.
For other options such as registering 'in person' and paying by cheque, please email
or call her at 1-413-586-4012 to reserve your place. Christine will answer all your questions and arrange
your preferred payment option and/or partial scholarship.
After registering, please return here to fill out the
After the institute, please return again to fill out the
QUESTIONNAIRE. This helps evaluate your experience, plan your ongoing practice, and fine-tune the structure of future institute 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.
Christine Olson is a pianist and Alexander Technique teacher based in Northampton. Alexander Technique and
Feldenkrais Method are like two peas in a pod, so it was natural for her curiosity to be stimulated by Alan
Fraser's approach several years ago. Christine is the originator, general coordinator and administrator for
the U Mass institute. Contact her at:
12 Forbes Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
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