Musical Mindfulness at the Piano: A Somatic Approach
What is a somatic approach to piano playing and how can it help improve pianists’ musicality and technique across the piano repertoire?
In this one-hour Zoom lecture, renowned expert Alan Fraser will introduce participants to the topic of somatics and share his insights on movement-body structures that help pianists produce a singing tone, greater nuance, more power, more dexterity, and more emotional expression at the piano. After viewing short video clips that interactively illustrate Fraser’s ideas with beginning, intermediate, and advanced amateur pianists, participants will leave with a better understanding of how to successfully connect motion to sound and how to approach their own repertoire with greater agility, sensitivity, and capability.
BPAA members: Free
Non-BPAA members: $15
or Check payable to BPAA sent to:
25 Tomahawk Drive
Northborough, MA 01532
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Registrants will receive the Zoom link by email.
Alan Fraser Bio
One of the leading experts in piano somatics today, Alan Fraser has authored five books on the topic, presented his ideas at numerous international music conferences, written multiple journal articles that contribute to the field, and directed many piano institutes within North America, Europe, and Asia, all of
which integrate and rejuvenate traditions of piano technique and musicianship within a somatic approach.
In addition, he has organized and continually updates a world-class website that offers pianists a wealth of videos, performances, tutorials, lectures, and lessons on varied piano repertoire which they can use to improve their own piano playing at their own pace. Beginning and intermediate (“Alan helped me improve my playing from mediocre to something with artistic merit”), advanced (“he showed me how my hand structure could deepen my sound”), and concert pianists (“my work with Alan Fraser still feeds me today”) have all benefited from his approach. Closer to home, in 2015, Alan also helped coach Michael Cheung to his first-prize win in the BPAA 2015 Boston International Piano Competition.