The Alan Fraser Piano Institute








Re-Inventing Piano Technique

Designed to bring a new dimension to your piano playing and teaching, the institute combines daily Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement lessons with lectures and individual work at the piano. All participants have a lesson with Fraser every day.


This environment stimulates both body and mind to achieve the breakthrough that Fraser commits to at the beginning of the week. The group's camaraderie enhances the learning process as well – much is gained through comparing notes between sessions.

Participants speak about their Institute experience


Open To All Interested Pianists

Fraser’s approach benefits pianists of all levels - we all share similar skeletal structure, similar muscles, similar nerves, and similar brains. Students, teachers, professionals and amateurs both young and old are welcome as well as singers and instrumentalists.


A Workshop, Not a Master Class

The master class teacher imparts an interpretation, leaving questions of technique to the regular teacher. By contrast, Fraser empowers you to express your own musical ideas at the piano by focusing on technique - always of course linking it to musical structure.


Permission to Play Imperfectly

Pieces brought for study need not be totally polished. Working in the beginning stages of preparation can lead to better learning: old habits are not yet ingrained, new habits more easily acquired. Remember, it's not a master class.


Performance Anxiety and Injury

Honing the physical relationship to the instrument makes playing easier and more masterful. Increased skill improves musical expression and reduces strain - addressing both performance anxiety and injury issues as well as basic ability.


Mini-Institutes

When a full week is not possible, Fraser runs shorter institutes. Full institutes last four days or more; mini-institutes three days or less.


Institute Info



The Alan Fraser Piano Institute takes place in several European countries through the winter,
and in North America over the summer months.

Institute Info



The Alan Fraser Piano Institute takes place in several European countries through the winter,
and in North America over the summer months.

Participants said

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    "Alan showed me how to develop more power, more colour, more expression than I thought possible. Now I can simply do things at the piano I previously only dreamed of."

    John Tittmann, M.Mus SUNY Potsdam
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    "This teaching is truly revolutionary; this one week changed my sound and changed my life! I am now playing consistently pain-free for the first time in years."

    Aurelien Boccard, doctoral student in piano, University of Kansas
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    "These lessons will sustain you for a lifetime. We worked, laughed, bonded and came away with a whole new world of physicality and sound."

    Sue Hammond, pianist, author and creator of "Beethoven Lives Upstairs"
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    "Alan took the strengths of the Russian school and used them to give me real strength. His work with the whole body made my fingers spring into new life, as if by magic."

    Irina Saygina, pianist and teacher, Portland, Oregon
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    "My teaching has been totally transformed. As I try out ideas from the Institute with my young pupils, their hands are waking up and starting to run and dance on the keyboard in a totally new way."

    Christine Olson, pianist and teacher, Northampton, MA
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    "I've never seen a more nurturing teacher. He offers all the knowledge, caring, encouragement, support and dedication a student needs to reach a new high in his or her playing."

    Christina Biron, Smith Institute Graduate

Meet the team

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    Creator

    of the Institute

    Alan Fraser Institute General Director

    Forging a new approach to piano technique since the 1970's, Alan Fraser is still researching these questions in depth, bringing new material and insights to the Institute each successive year.

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    For my

    students as well

    Christine Olson Onsite Coordinator, U Mass

    It was Christine's influence that first brought the Alan Fraser Piano Institute into being. She came down to New York City for a lesson with Alan in 2009, they got to talking, and the first institute at Smith College in 2011 was the result. Christine does a stellar job of coordinating every detail of the Smith College Institute, and maintains a thriving teaching practice at her home studio on Forbes Avenue in Northampton through the year. She is an Alexander Technique teacher who gets excited at the multiple possibilities for "cross-fertilization" between Alexander, Feldenkrais Method and Alan's Craft of Piano Method. She finds her teaching has not so much improved as transformed her students' playing since she began working with Alan.

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    À la recherche

    du son perdu

    Yveline Ciazynski Director of Operations, France

    Yveline first discovered Alan Fraser in 2010, and quickly came to believe that his teaching represents an "epistemological rupture" with previous schools. She has translated two of his books (Honing the Pianist Self-Image and All Thumbs) into French, and her indefatigable efforts to spread Alan Fraser's teaching in France have led to editions of his institute springing up in Paris and numerous other local centers throughout the country.

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    Suzuki

    rocks

    Nila Ledesma Onsite Coordinator, Salt Lake City

    Nila first attended an Alan Fraser Institute in 2011, and has been using the approach to transform her Suzuki teaching. She finds the two systems dovetail well, and she is happy to offer her students this further refinement of the Suzuki wisdom. Nila is onsite coordinator for the Salt Lake City Institute which is actually held at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, a half an hour north of Salt Lake.

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    Arches

    reign supreme

    Kathryn Southworth-Lundahl Onsite Coordinator, Concord New Hampshire

    Kathy is Dean of Students and Faculty at the Concord Community Music School, and has an active career accompanying, teaching, and playing the organ in church on Sunday mornings. She has been attending the Alan Fraser Institute since 2012, and immediately noticed the impact Alan Fraser's teaching had on her own playing. She was quick to arrange for him to open a branch of the Institute in Concord, New Hampshire.

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    die ganze Selbst

    klingt besser

    Michael Klatte Onsite Coordinator, Eitorf, Germany

    Michael is a Feldenkrais practitioner and pianist who teaches at the Eitorf Music School, a half hour east of Cologne in Germany. He has translated Honing the Pianistic Self-Image into German, and plans to begin translating All Thumbs in the near future.

Institute Photo Galleries

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Smith College

Our flagship institute established in 2011

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Salt Lake City

Alan Fraser has held an Institute here every year since 2011.

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Concord, New Hampshire

Annually since 2013 at the Concord Community Music School

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