University of the Arts and Golandsky Institute Team for Workshop on Innovative Taubman Approach to Music-Making

Full-day seminar teaches techniques to lessen repetitive stress injuries, fatigue and pain

March 1, 2010

The University of the Arts and the Golandsky Institute are co-hosting a workshop on the exposition and demonstration of the Taubman Approach to music-making March 6 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the University's Caplan Center for the Performing Arts and Merriam Theater.

Demonstrated to be effective in the prevention and cure of career-threatening repetitive stress injuries, fatigue and pain, the Taubman Approach has been hailed as a major innovation in piano pedagogy. The technique, which can also be applied to playing other instruments, liberates pianists to play unburdened by physical restrictions, allowing virtuosity, phrasing, tone production, dynamics and other skills to emerge. Taubman Approach developer Dorothy Taubman has spent more than 50 years studying and researching piano pedagogy.

The workshop features faculty from the Taubman Approach-centered Golandsky Institute, including its artistic director Edna Golandsky (right), “the leading authority on the Taubman Approach to instrumental playing,” according to Taubman, and preeminent Taubman Approach instructors John Bloomfield, Robert Durso and Mary Moran. School of Music faculty members Don Glanden, head of Graduate Jazz Studies and chair of the Piano Department, and master lecturer Tom Lawton, will teach. Both are recognized as leading Philadelphia-area jazz pianists. Sophie Till, an associate of the Golandsky Institute and professional violinist, will present her adaptation of the Taubman Approach to violin. Philadelphia pianist Brendan Cooney will speak on Taubman applications for jazz pianists.

The workshop is free to the University of the Arts community (with valid ID). Full day admission is $45 for adults and $25 for students with a valid school ID; partial day is $15 per individual lecture. Registration information and schedule are available online.

The University of the Arts is the nation’s first and only university dedicated to the visual, performing and communication arts. Its 2,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs on its campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts. The institution’s roots as a leader in educating creative individuals date back to 1868.

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