Due to the current unpredictable pandemic situation, we are not scheduling institutes at the moment. The Montreal Institute generally takes place once a year in November. Please register for our newsletter to receive updates on scheduling as they arise.

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 work with their students and others in the Montreal area. A new aspect to this session: some of the Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons will be held 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 his insights gained from Feldenkrais, Tai Chi and Kemal Gekic-style virtuosity.


Many relatively inexperienced pianists hesitate to attend an institute, feeling they are not good enough or not well-enough prepared. However, Alan Fraser insists that we are all here to learn and this approach can help all of us, no matter whether our program is well-prepared or in a shambles. Thus the Institute really is open to all interested pianists:

  • 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.

There is no limit to improvement!

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   A Hand Arch Lesson at Lambda



If social distancing measures are still in force for this institute, the following measures will be observed.
  • Masks will be worn whenever the 2-metre distancing rule cannot be followed.
  • There will be no touching in the lessons.
  • Hands must be washed frequently and hand sanitizer will be provided.
Alan Fraser contracted the Corona virus in November 2020 and has fully recovered, but these measures will still be followed strictly for the protection of all participants.


The Lambda School is taking care of all scheduling for this workshop. If you do not attend the Lambda School and would like to have some sessions with Alan, and/or observe some of the Lambda School sessions, please contact Sophia Cholich.

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   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 a session please make a $100 deposit which will be counted against your lesson fee, then contact Sophia Cholich.

to confirm your lesson time(s).

Montreal 2020 Option 1: Make a Deposit
Montreal 2020 Deposit $100

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

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OPTION 2: Contact us for further registration options

For other options such as registering 'in person' and paying by cheque, please email Sophia Cholich.

to reserve your place. Sophia will answer all your questions and arrange your preferred payment option.


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.

   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