Kiera Hornby

This was my first time attending the Golandsky Institute Summer Piano Festival at Princeton and it was unbelievable. I have been training for years in the Taubman Approach, but this experience allowed me to work at a highly focused and intense level. For those short seven days, the entire world was music! Every day, there was a mix of lectures, pedagogy workshops, master classes, lessons, and practicing. Going all the way across the country and dedicating myself to piano study gave me a new perspective. The Golandsky faculty presents the material very clearly. As a result, everything I’d learned about the Taubman Approach came together for me. While there, I had the opportunity to train under faculty member Nina Scolnik, a wonderful teacher. The experience was life changing. Now I understand how pure and complex, effortless and difficult, simplistic and gorgeous the Approach is. Now, I realize exactly what I want to do with my life: teach Taubman. Of course, everyone who attends the Festival doesn’t have to be this serious before or after attending. In fact, one of the most significant aspects of the Festival is that one meets so many other musicians, at all levels, who are studying the Taubman Approach through the Golandsky Institute. I am definitely looking forward to returning to the Golandsky Institute Summer Piano Festival at Princeton next summer.


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Kiera Hornby