The Taubman Approach

and The Golandsky Institute

The Taubman Approach educates instrumental musicians with physical training using the alignments and movements that are both efficient and healthy. It also explains how to coordinate these alignments and movements with the physical principles governing any musical instrument. These newfound tools are used to produce artistic results in the act of making music.

The Taubman Approach offers its students complete physical and artistic freedom at the instrument and equips them with the requisite physical knowledge to achieve whatever musical result they desire. Students of the Approach demonstrate greater technical abilities, enhanced control over tone production and rhythmic projection, and a sense of security during performance than they previously thought possible.

At the center of the Taubman Approach is private study. While group presentations are most beneficial for theoretical explanations of the Approach, private study is essential. Each musician comes to the Approach with unique problems. Thus, he or she requires the expertise of an experienced teacher to diagnose the underlying problems and apply the principles of the Approach to help the student solve their problems.

Instruction in the Taubman Approach has two phases. In the initial phase, a complete diagnosis of the existing habits is conducted after which the fundamental alignments and movements are taught; in the second phase, the student learns how to apply the Approach to repertoire.

The benefits of the Taubman Approach can be reaped not only by performers but by musicians of all levels. The Approach has something to offer every musician at every level and in every discipline. Concert artists, teachers of music, students (pre-college, college, and graduate), and amateurs alike have all benefited enormously from the Approach.

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The Golandsky Institute

The Golandsky Institute was founded in 2003 by Edna Golandsky, John Bloomfield, Robert Durso, and Mary Moran. The Institute is the preeminent center for training musicians in the Taubman Approach to Instrumental Playing. For the past fifty years, the Taubman Approach has been highly effective in both curing musicians of all types of repetitive stress injuries as well as preventing them from occurring in uninjured musicians. The Institute’s mission is to provide musicians with virtuosic technical ability and full artistic expression, thus allowing them to achieve their full potentials.

Decades ago, Dorothy Taubman—founder of the Taubman Approach—undertook an exhaustive analysis of the underlying physiology of instrumental virtuosity and artistry. This study resulted in a comprehensive body of knowledge allowing musicians to overcome technical and artistic limitations as well as cure and prevent playing related injuries.

Every year, the Golandsky Institute’s activities culminate in an annual symposium at Princeton University. The symposium attracts participants from around the world and offers them an immersion in the Taubman Approach. Participants take advantage of private lessons, daily lectures on the fundamentals of the Approach, lectures on applying the Approach to repertoire, lectures on music history and music theory, and masterclasses with faculty members and concert artists. In conjunction with the Princeton Symposium, the Institute hosts an annual International Piano Festival. The Festival comprises a weeklong concert series featuring the world’s most esteemed musicians. Nina Tichman, Ilya Itin, Sean Duggan, and Pulitzer laureate Yehudi Wyner are among recent performers.

In addition to the Princeton Symposium, the Golandsky Institute frequently holds shorter seminars and satellite programs across the country. The Institute has established Taubman Learning Centers in cities including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Albany, Atlanta, and Portland. In these locations, faculty members maintain studios where the Approach is taught through private study.

The Golandsky Institute is also committed to ensuring that the Taubman Approach will be able to serve future generations of musicians. To that end, the Institute has established the Professional Training Program, which rigorously trains and certifies teachers of the Taubman Approach. The Program’s curriculum includes extensive private study, teaching observation, and performance requirements.

The Institute offers a wide variety of products and services to make the Taubman Approach accessible to all members of the global musical community. In addition to its symposia, workshops, and private instruction, the Institute has an extensive Video Library. Each of the Senior Directors have instruction materials available in the download store. There are two professionally filmed DVD’s featuring Edna Golandsky at Princeton University (The Art of Rhythmic Expression and The Forgotten Lines among others) that show how the different elements of the Approach are integrated and applied to repertoire. In addition to the Video Library, The Golandsky Institute also has a YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/TaubmanGolandsky) that offers free excerpts from The Taubman Techniques DVD series and a video download store (www.golandskyinstitute.org).

The Institute has recently published the first print edition of a piano pedagogy manual that shows how the Taubman Approach can be taught to the beginning piano student (Beginning Piano Lessons in the Taubman Approach, by Mary Moran, ed. Edna Golandsky). This resource will help students establish healthy movement at their instrument from their first lesson and prevents any sense of technical or artistic limitation from developing in the first place.

The Golandsky Institute is run by the world’s leading authorities on the Taubman Approach. Edna Golandsky, John Bloomfield, Robert Durso, and Mary Moran are the Institute’s senior directors and oversee the dissemination of the work at all levels. They are supported by a cadre of world-renowned faculty members, affiliate concert artists, and certified instructors, all of whom have long-standing national and international reputations.