AFPI Certification

Somatic Piano Certification


Somatic Piano Playing - the summation of Alan Fraser's approaches

    Craft of Piano Method offers basic principles of hand structure and function.
    Piano Kinematics develops the science and art of movement at the piano.
    Somatic Piano Technique refines the relationship of our actions at the keyboard to our musical intentions.

The Institute offers a multi-tier certification program.

Craft of Piano 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 Craft of Piano Certification™ is awarded to studio teachers and others who possess a basic proficiency in the fundamental principles of Craft of Piano Method: 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 Kinematics Certification

The Piano Kinematics certification program requires a longer preparation. A Certified Teacher of Piano Kinematics™ 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.

Somatic Piano Practitioner Certification

The Somatic Piano Practitioner certification program has the most extensive requirements of all. The Somatic 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, far beyond mere professionalism.

Requirements

CRAFT OF PIANO
CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
PIANO KINEMATICS
CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
• A minimum of 2 years' study during which the participant attends at least one full institute per year. • A minimum of 4 years' study during which the participant attends at least two full institutes per year.
• A minimum of 4 lessons with Alan Fraser between each institute. Because of geographic constraints these lessons may be via Skype. The total number of lessons per annum, institute plus intervening, must be 10. • A minimum of 5 lessons with Alan Fraser between each institute. Because of geographic constraints these lessons may be via Skype. The total number of lessons per annum, institute plus intervening, must be 20.
• A comprehensive knowledge of Fraser's first two books on piano technique, The Craft of Piano Playing and Honing the Pianistic Self-Image. • A comprehensive knowledge of Fraser's four books on piano technique, The Craft of Piano Playing, Honing the Pianistic Self-Image, All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique and Play the Piano with Your Whole Self.
• A final exam consisting of:
  1. A half hour piano recital
  2. Observed lessons: Professor Fraser will observe the candidate working with a minimum of 2 different piano students, preferably of contrasting levels of ability and with contrasting repertoire, in lessons of a half hour to an hour.
  3. A written description of the teacher's work with a minimum of 5 different students, describing the problems encountered and how the ideas and methods of Craft of Piano Method were used to cultivate improvement.
  4. A written exam in which the candidate demonstrates familiarity with the ideas and principles outlined in Fraser's first two books on piano technique.
  5. An oral exam interview with Professor Fraser
• A final exam consisting of:
  1. An hour-long piano recital
  2. Observed lessons: Professor Fraser will observe the candidate working with a minimum of 4 different piano students, preferably of contrasting levels of ability and with contrasting repertoire, in lessons of a half hour to an hour.
  3. A written description of the teacher's work with a minimum of 10 different students, describing the problems encountered and how the ideas and methods of Piano Kinematics were used to cultivate improvement.
  4. A written exam in which the candidate demonstrates familiarity with the ideas and principles outlined in Fraser's first four books on piano technique.
  5. An oral exam interview with Professor Fraser

SOMATIC PIANO PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS ARE STILL IN DEVELOPMENT


Candidates are encouraged to 'try out' different parts of the examination requirements in their work with Professor Fraser beforehand.

If you are interested in a Craft of Piano Teacher, Piano Kinematics Teacher, or Somatic Piano Practitioner Certification, please consult with Professor Fraser.