Alan Fraser brings Piano Somatics to New York City this winter with two 3-day mini-institutes. The lessons, lectures and Feldenkrais classes promise a breakthrough in your technique.
Some less advanced pianists hesitate to attend because they are not well-enough prepared - but this approach helps pianists regardless of their level. If you wish to learn, you are welcome. The Institute really is OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED PIANISTS:
There is no limit to improvement!
HALF HOUR LESSON FORMAT
A half hour lesson is given each day. The Saturday lessons zero in on the principle concerns of each participant and establish a clear line of work. Sunday's lessons will refine the initial approach and address any further issues. If you want all of your lesson on one day, please let us know. Observing the other lessons, participants see how many technical problems we all sharew, and how many effective solutions, tailored to each person's unique artistry and technical skill, can be applied.
244 West 54th Street
The Friday evening introductory lectures will be held at 244 Rehearsal Studios located at
Get directions with this Google Map.
Nearby subway stops include A, B, C, D and #1 trains at Columbus Circle, the C train at 50th, and the #1 train at 50th.
The Saturday & Sunday sessions will be held at a residential location on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with easy access to the 1, 2 and 3 trains at the 96th or 103rd Street stations. You'll receive the specific address and instructions when you register.
For discounted accommodations, you may want to check out Airbnb.com or
We offer full online registration. Click on the appropriate price below to be taken to our retail partner 2CheckOut.com, where your payment will be processed by PayPal or credit card. If you have any special registration needs, or encounter any problem, please don't hesitate to email our stalwart organizer, Saleena .
Alan & Saleena
Note: If you have pre-registered for the full weekend Institute, we encourage you to attend the demo evening as well, as it is a good preparation for the weekend.
Active participants receive two half hour individual lessons, two group movement lessons, two seminar lectures, and may observe the other individual lessons. Auditors participate fully in the lectures and movement lessons and may observe all the piano lessons.
You may qualify for a seniors (age 65 and over) or student (age 25 and under) discount. Check below.
Certificates and receipts are given upon request.
Book private lessons using the table below. Alan will be available at the following times:
After registering, please return here to fill out the
DETAILED PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FORM...
... and after you have completed your institute, please come back to fill out this
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.
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.
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.
SALEENA (SALLY HOUSE HEINSOHN) - ORGANIZER
Saleena worked in the business world for many years; however her first love has always been music. She studied piano as a child and again in college; then after a lengthy hiatus came back to the piano, tried out different teachers, and eventually happened upon Alan on YouTube. By a remarkable coincidence, she discovered that her wonderful New York City Feldenkrais practitioner, Scott Fraser, was none other than Alan’s brother!
Saleena's lessons with Alan led to striking and immediate progress, and she feels that she has found what is, for her, the ideal teacher. She is also is an avid voice buff, serving both as vocal soloist and Music Director at a small church in Harlem. She has played at this and various other churches in the NYC area, and performs regularly at several NYC piano meetup groups.
For questions about the Institute, please email Saleena
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