Embodied Piano Practice - the summation of Alan Fraser's approaches
The Institute offers several certification programs (scroll down for Performance Diplomas
Alan Fraser has distilled the ideas of Piano Somatics into bite-sized exercises that studio teachers can use to empower their pupils' playing immediately. Pianimals: 28 Feldenkrais Lessons for the Beginning Pianist's Hand generates breakthroughs in the playing of young pianists who advance at far greater speeds with these empowering exercises than can normally be expected. Perhaps not surprisingly, teachers have reported similar leaps forward in their own playing ability when they try out the exercises in preparation for using them in the studio. The institute offers a Pianimals Certification to those who can demonstrate their acquaintance with the core exercises from Pianimals, and their competence in applying them in a studio situation with young pianists.
Piano Kinematics Practitioner 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.
Piano Somatics 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 Performance Practitioner Certification
The Embodied Piano Performance 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 a weighted touch. They 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.
An Embodied Performance Practitioner has completed a professional training in one of the body work modalities (Physiotherapy, Hellerwork, Rolfing, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, Kinematic Integration, Kinesiology, etc.) and is also a professionally trained musician. We find that medical professionals often do not know enough about musical performance to offer the best possible treatment for a performance disability, and music teachers often lack the knowhow to offer their students appropriate interventions when a performance injury arises. The two-stream training of Embodied Performance Practitioners allows them to offer effective, insightful help to injured musicians.
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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