Studying the Taubman Approach
–Do the Results Last?
You’ve heard of the Taubman Approach and it sounds great … and yet, you’re left to wonder: If I take this course of study on, what comes next? Will I have to study the Taubman work with no end in sight? Or, will I learn to sustain the results I achieve on my own?
This blog is designed to provide answers to those very concerns and charts the results of a pianist who studied the Taubman Approach in two separate periods that included a 10-year course of study followed by a hiatus of seven years during which he discontinued his studies. This pianist resumed his studies for a two-year period after which he once again, stopped all piano instruction. The following demonstrates this pianist’s ability to sustain the results achieved after long hiatuses during which he undertook no piano instruction.
Jason Chase began his piano studies with his grandmother at the age of eight and early on, he exhibited an ability to learn music quickly, coupled with a keen interest in the instrument. As happens in many cases, Jason was assigned technically advanced repertoire before having the requisite skills to perform them. This course of study resulted in a physical injury related to playing the piano. Jason’s family members became aware of the Taubman Approach through Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky, who in 1991, referred Jason to me for injury resolution and serious piano study. At the time, Jason was nine years old.
Jason and I began our work together, which included a complete understanding and implementation/internalization of all the essential components of the Taubman work. This work took approximately three months to accomplish and after this initial phase was completed, we had resolved all of Jason’s piano related injuries. Jason continued his studies with me for a period of ten years.
During that time, we applied the Taubman Approach to more musically and technically challenging repertoire. In time, Jason developed into a seasoned performer as evidenced by the fact that he won first prizes at both national and international piano competitions. Those competitions included The Kal Rudman/Cunningham Piano Company Competition, The Bartok/Kabalevsky International Piano Competition and The Meadowmount Piano Concerto Competition, among others.
At the age of 19, Jason discontinued his studies to launch his graphic design business and seven years later, he resumed his piano studies with me for two years. He subsequently moved to California to pursue professional and personal interests. During these intervals away from piano study, Jason continued to practice and perform on his own.
Back to the original questions: If I take this course of study on, what comes next? Will I have to study the Taubman work with no end in sight? Or, will I learn to sustain the results I achieve on my own? The simple answers are no, you don’t have to study with no end in sight and yes, you can learn to sustain the results you achieve on your own.
Here in these videos, at the age of 35, Jason has sustained his pianistic abilities while at the same time, deepened his musical understanding.
In summation, I offer the following: Much like learning to ride a bicycle, Jason’s examples demonstrate that through the implementation of the Taubman Approach, proper coordination registers deeply in the brain and is long lasting. Once learned correctly from a qualified Taubman instructor from the Golandsky Institute, the Taubman work is a complete physical approach that is readily available to anyone. This approach, once implemented, can solve technical problems in all piano repertoire. Moreover, this enables a pianist to solve pianistic problems themselves without the need for constant study.