Embodied Piano Practice - the summation of Alan Fraser's approaches
The Institute offers several certification programs (scroll down for Performance Diplomas).
Piano Kinematics Certification
Even after a single Institute, participants report a marked
improvement in their teaching skills. They have more fun, and help their students in new, effective ways to progress more
quickly and play more musically. The Piano Kinematics Certification™ is awarded to studio teachers and others who
possess a basic proficiency in the fundamental principles of Piano Somatics: healthy use of the hand's arch, unstable
equilibrium, differentiation of the thumb through opposition, uses of rotation, hand skeletality and elasticity, etc., and
who demonstrate that they can consistently empower their pupils using these principles.
Somatic Piano Practitioner Certification
The Somatic Piano Practitioner certification program requires a longer preparation. A Certified Teacher of Piano Somatics™
must be able to join with the pianist-student similar to the way a Feldenkrais Practitioner joins with a client. She or he must be able to evoke a specific quality of deep change in the student's piano technique, change that can take place only when his or her teaching acts on the very core of the student's pianistic self.
Embodied Piano Practitioner Certification
The Embodied Piano Practitioner certification program has the most extensive requirements of all. The Embodied Piano Practitioner™ must be able to play at a competition level of proficiency and demonstrate a complete freedom from weight technique. She or he must be adept at choreographing every aspect of musical inflection - articulation, rubato, melodic shaping, orchestration, rhythmic pulse hierarchichalization - to a level of high artistry, that is, beyond mere professionalism.
Kiddie Craft Certification
Alan Fraser has distilled the ideas of Piano Somatics into bite-sized exercises that studio teachers can use to empower their pupils' playing immediately in two publications: Kiddie Craft, or The Craft of Piano Playing Simplified, and Pianimals: Feldenkrais Exercises for the Beginning Pianist. The institute offers a Kiddie Craft Certification to those who can demonstrate their acquaintance with the core exercises from Kiddie Craft and Pianimals, and their competence in applying them in a studio situation with young pianists.
Practitioner Certification Requirements
If you are interested in being certified, please consult with Professor Fraser.
Candidates are encouraged to 'try out' the various exam requirements with him beforehand.
Institute graduates who are more performance oriented in their careers may sit for the Institute Performance Diploma.
Performance Diploma Requirements
All parts of the somatics and embodied piano performance exams need not be performed on the same day.
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