Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City


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

Less than an hour north of Salt Lake City, nestled by the Wasatch Mountains is Weber State University, one of Utah's foremost educational institutions. The Browning Center for the Performing Arts offers state-of-the-art facilities including an all-Steinway music department. The institute is held in Parry Recital Hall, room 113.

Please note that due to scheduling restrictions, this institute has now been shortened to four days instead of the usual six.


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!

Weber State U students and staff are welcome to audit the institute at no charge and receive a 35% 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.


This typical schedule will be modified according to the makeup and needs of the group.

8:00-9:30 2 lessons
9:45-11:00 Group Movement Lesson (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
11:15-12:45 2 lessons
12:45-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 2 lessons
3-4 Coffee & Lecture
4;00-5:30 2 lessons
5:30-7 Evening Meal
7-10 Any Remaining Lessons (Optional Private)

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?



The Browning Center, home to the Weber University Music School in Ogden, Utah, just north of alt Lake City, is located at the south end of the campus. Practice facilities in this all-Steinway music school will be provided. Enter the main door and turn left, go to the end of the hall to find the Parry Recital Hall, room 113.

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View this map for travelling directions to Weber State University from Salt Lake City International Airport. To book an airport shuttle to Ogden go to Xpress Shuttle.



Inexpensive student housing is available on campus only a few minutes' walk from the Browning Center. To reserve your room please contact Student Housing directly. The Students Union has several eateries where a variety of meals are available at lunch time. For supper there are many restaurants within walking distance of the Weber State campus.



The active participation fee covers FOUR individual lessons, daily movement lesson, daily seminar lecture, and observation of all other lessons. Auditors participate fully but receive no individual lessons.


In the tables below, when you scroll over a price it changes colour. Click on your preferred option to pay by credit card or PayPal at, our retail partner.

Please note that the credit card charge will appear on your statement as "2CO.COM," not as "The Alan Fraser Piano Institute."

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.

OPTION 1: Online Deposit

Register with a non-refundable deposit.

Weber State 2018 Pay Deposit
Weber State 2018 Deposit $100

OPTION 2: Register Online

Participation Pay in Full
Weber State 2018 Full Active $574
Weber State 2018 Active one day $154
Weber State 2018 Full Audit $175
Weber State 2018 Audit one day $50

OPTION 3: Online Discounts

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

Weber State 2018 Full Active 10% off $516.60
Weber State 2018 Active one day 10% off $133.20
Weber State 2018 Full Audit 10% off $157.50
Weber State 2018 Audit one day 10% off $45

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

STUDENT Pay in Full
Weber State 2018 Full Active 25% off $430.50
Weber State 2018 Active one day 25% off $111
Weber State 2018 Full Audit 25% off $131.25
Weber State 2018 Audit one day 25% off $37.50

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

Weber State Staff & Students Pay in Full
Weber State 2018 Full Active 35% off $373.10
Weber State 2018 Active one day 35% off $96.20
Weber State 2018 Full Audit 35% off FREE
Weber State 2018 Audit one day 35% off FREE

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 Nila Ledesma or call her at 1-413-586-4012 to reserve your place. Nila will answer all your questions and arrange your preferred payment option and/or partial scholarship.



After registration, please come back to fill out this PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM.

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. 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.


Nila Ledesma has taught piano at her home studio in the Salt Lake City area for many years, and is a Suzuki Piano Specialist. She first attended the Alan Fraser Piano Institute in 2011, and has been a (humble and humbled) participant at two Institutes. She is always astonished at his knowledge, passion, patience, and refined ears. Nila is the head onsite administrator for the 2015 institute.

Nila Ledesma contact details:

Telephone: (801) 942-5472
Mailing Address:
2719 Grandview Drive
Sandy, UT

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.