New York

Cancelled due to Corona Virus

NEW YORK CITY - July 10-12

Alan Fraser returns to New York City this summer with a 3-day mini-institute. 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:

  • students who wish to improve their sound and agility
  • amateurs who want to feel more in command of the instrument
  • teachers who seek 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!

   A lesson in Strasbourg, France
  • We hold a free introductory session Friday evening for those who are interested but need to know more. Alan Fraser will lecture, conduct a small group Feldenkrais lesson, and give several mini piano lessons. Come prepared, you might be selected for a lesson! You will be able to register for the institute proper at the end of the evening.
  • The full institute on Saturday & Sunday features daily piano lessons with Alan, a daily group Feldenkrais lesson and a daily lecture on piano technique.
  • Pre-register for the weekend here .
  • Participation for the weekend Institute is limited to 10; register early to insure your spot. Auditors participate in all activities and observe the piano lessons.
  • Alan will also be available for private lessons on some weekdays. You can schedule private lessons below.


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.


JULY 10-12
Friday Evening 7:00 pm - Introductory Lecture
7:45 pm - 15-minute mini-lessons
8:30 pm - Mini Awareness Through Movement lesson
9:15 pm - 15-minute mini-lessons
9:45 pm - Closing Q & A
Saturday Daily Schedule - Full Activities
Lecture - The Arches of the Hand: From Static to Moving
Sunday Daily Schedule - Full Activities
Lecture - Neutralizing Weight to Maximize Its Effect

10-11 Lecture
11-1 Lessons
1-2 Lunch
2-4 Lessons
4-5 Group Movement Lesson
5-7 Lessons
7-7:15 Q & A, Wrapup

St Johns
   Franco-Japanese artistry: Alan Fraser with Adrien Schmitt in Montréal, France



244 West 54th Street

The Friday evening introductory lectures will be held at 244 Rehearsal Studios located at

(54th St. between Broadway & 8th Ave.)
10 th floor – Bolshoi Room
(pl. check at front desk as they sometimes change the room)
New York, NY 10019

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.



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We offer full online registration. Click on the appropriate price below to be taken to our retail partner, 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


Attend a Friday evening lecture and you could receive a 15-minute mini-lesson with Alan Fraser: five guests will be chosen by lot at the beginning of the evening. Preference will be given to those who are not yet registered for the weekend Institute. Registration for any remaining places in the weekend institutes can be made at the end of the evening.

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.

          To register online click on the appropriate $ amount.

Register for an Intro Evening All Tickets
New York 2020 Friday Evening July 10 FREE


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.

          To register online click on the appropriate $ amount.

July 10-12 Full Fee Senior Rate Student Rate
Two days, two 60-minute lessons $320 $280 $240
Two days, one 60-minute lesson or two 30-minute lessons $185 $165 $140
Two days, one 30-minute lesson $140 $125 $100
Two days, audit $75 $67 $57

July 10-12 One Day Only Full Fee Senior Rate Student Rate
One day, one 60-minute lesson $160 $140 $120
One day, one 30-minute lesson $120 $100 $80
One day, audit $40 $25 $20

Jai Jeffries
   Institute Regular Jai Jeffries has two award-winning CDs of modern American piano works.
Look at that hand arch!


Book private lessons using the table below. Alan will be available at the following times:

  • Mon-Thurs 8am-9pm
  • Fri 8am-5pm

Private Lessons Full Rate Seniors Rate Students Rate
New York 2020 One Individual Lesson $150 $140 $125
New York 2020 Two Individual Lessons $295 $275 $245
New York 2020 Three Individual Lessons $440 $420 $370
New York 2020 Four Individual Lessons $585 $545 $485

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   Virtuosity at Any Age - in Montreal, Canada



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 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.




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 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

   Alan & Saleena

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, reimbursement will be as follows:
Cancellations before December 1: 100% reimbursement.
Cancellations before December 15: 75% reimbursement.
Cancellations before January 1: 50% reimbursement.
Cancellations before January 18: 25% reimbursement.
Cancellations after January 18: 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.