Ottawa, Ontario


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

Just minutes from Canada's Parliament Buildings in downtown Ottawa, Perez Hall of the University of Ottawa is home to the Music School as well as to the state of the art Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory. The institute will be held in Freiman Recital Hall which features an excellent Yamaha concert grand and Steinway B. There are ample practice facilities upstairs.


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!

University of Ottawa students and staff are welcome to audit the institute at no charge and receive a generous discount for active participation.



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.


Many teachers in the Ottawa area may find it difficult to get away from their studio obligations for the entire week. There are also interested amateurs whose day jobs will prevent them from attending the entire institute. For them we offer individual lessons on a pay-as-you-go basis. For teachers, the special focus will be on bringing Fraser's new technique strategies to your young students, allowing them to improve their sound and agility, advance more quickly and avoid the risk of injury later on. Please contact Janice Gray to arrange these lessons.


Planning on attending the annual convention? Why not take a couple of days off before the convention, come up to Ottawa and have a lesson with Alan Fraser? It'll be the perfect complement to your convention learning experience.

8:45-9:45 Group ATM (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class)
10:00-12:45 3 Lessons
12:45-1:45 Lunch
2:00-3:00 Lecture
3-5:45 Lessons
6-7 Evening Meal
7-10 Remaining Lessons (Optional Private)

Participants will be invited to select from this list for the daily seminar:

Basic Hand Structure & Function The Celestial Hand Arch - The Voice of the Piano
Weight Technique Arm Weight, the Anti-Gravity Function, Elasticity and Biotensegrity Update
The Thumb I Pass And Do Not Pass The Thumb Under: It's Complicated!
Rotation Rotation at the Micro and Macro Levels
Musicianship & Technique Physical Strategies to Enhance Phrase, Polyphony & Orchestration
Feldenkrais & Piano Expressively Directed Micro-Timing: A New Musical Aesthetic
Pianimals Use The Pianimals Exercises & Compositions in your Teaching and your Playing
Q & A Which Aspects of Piano Somatics Intrigue You... Frustrate You... Mystify You... Satisfy You?



Perez Hall is located at the north end of the campus, just south of Laurier Avenue. It is indicated as "PRZ" on this map.

View this map for the University of Ottawa's location in the city.



Student housing is available on campus only a few minutes' walk from Perez Hall. To reserve your room please contact Student Housing directly. There are many restaurants in the area as well as high quality coffee joints.

For those who wish to experience more of the culture of Ottawa we recommend Airbnb which has a wide selection of affordable rooms in private homes near the university. Book early to be sure to have an optimal choice.

We also recommend the Ambassador Bed & Breakfast at 450 Laurier Ave, just a few blocks from campus. Very reasonable, very clean, very welcoming Russian hosts, a really great breakfast included in the price, and there just may be an upright piano in the living room by July.



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.


In the table below, click on your preferred option to pay by credit card or PayPal at our retail partner, If you want to register for two or more days but not the entire institute, repeat the one-day registration as many times as you need.

Due to new 2CO regulations, all prices are listed in US dollars. You may change your payment currency at checkout. The credit card charge will appear on your statement as "2CO.COM," not as "The Alan Fraser Piano Institute."

OPTION 1: Online Deposit

Register with a non-refundable deposit.

Ottawa 2017 Pay Deposit
Ottawa 2017 Deposit $100

OPTION 2: Register Online

Participation Pay in Full
Ottawa 2017 Full Active $525
Ottawa 2017 Active one day $110
Ottawa 2017 Full Audit $200
Ottawa 2017 Audit one day $45

OPTION 3: Online Discounts

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

Ottawa 2017 Full Active 10% off $472.50
Ottawa 2017 Active one day 10% off $99
Ottawa 2017 Full Audit 10% off $180
Ottawa 2017 Audit one day 10% off $40.50

25% STUDENT DISCOUNT - for students up to age 25.

STUDENT Pay in Full
Ottawa 2017 Full Active 25% off $400
Ottawa 2017 Active one day 25% off $82.50
Ottawa 2017 Full Audit 25% off $150
Ottawa 2017 Audit one day 25% off $33.75

35% Ottawa DISCOUNT - for all actively participating Ottawa College students and staff.

Ottawa Staff & Students Pay in Full
Ottawa 2017 Full Active 35% off $341.25
Ottawa 2017 Active one day 35% off $71.50
Ottawa 2017 Full Audit 35% off FREE
Ottawa 2017 Audit one day 35% off FREE

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

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 Janice Gray or call her at (403) 680-9275 to reserve your place. Janice will answer all your questions and arrange your preferred payment option and/or partial scholarship.




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, contact him at Contact Alan Fraser


Janice is an Ottawa amateur pianist who prepares a recital program each year to be performed in Egypt where she spends a large part of the winter.

Email Janice Gray or telephone her at
(403) 680-9275

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, reimbursement will be as follows:
Cancellations before May 15: 100% reimbursement.
Cancellations before May 31: 75% reimbursement.
Cancellations before June 15: 50% reimbursement.
Cancellations before July 1: 25% reimbursement.
Cancellations after July 1: 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.