Introduction to Piano Somatics: A 6-month Study Group

Alan Fraser

Alan Fraser Bonn 2013

The Relationship of Gesture to Sound: Healing the Inner Pianist by Aligning Musical Body and Musical Soul

Everything you do, sounds.

Every aspect of your movement at your instrument has a profound effect on the musical result. We mostly rely on our early training and intuition to arrive at convincing pianistic artistry, but what if we could return our physical self to the spotlight, examine it under the microscope and hone it to yield greater musical riches. It’s a difficult but eminently rewarding path of growth.

This first seminar will examine some fundamental assumptions about the hand’s interaction with the key in the light of an intriguing metaphor: the hand as a mini-body that has legs/fingers, a pelvis/hand and a torso/forearm. When a Feldenkrais view of skeletal mechanics is brought to this mini-body, the hand acquires a new freedom and incisiveness in its relation to the key and ultimately to the music.

Seminar Structure: (For €20 you have access to all parts)

  • 70-minute Awareness Through Piano Movement (ATPM) lesson (a Feldenkrais lesson done at the piano, not on the floor): Floating the Arm, Collapsing the Finger to Grow it Again, Connecting Whole Body to Key
  • Two 40-minute individual lessons on repertoire, applying the seminar themes in performance. (If you would like to be considered as a student for one of these individual lessons, please register your interest by emailing There will be an extra fee of €45.)
  • 25-minute discussion and close: question & answer round table

Monthly dates 2021

  • June 20
  • July 18
  • August 15
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21
  • December 19

Classes held via zoom, limited to small numbers. This event has multiple classes. Missed a class? You can still purchase a ticket to access the recording.

All times are displayed in your timezone: America/Chicago Edit Timezone

All sessions: €100.00 Individual sessions: €20.00

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