I first met Edna Golandsky just over two years ago. At the time, I was entering my first year studying jazz piano at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, but had been struggling with tendonitis in my wrists. Uncertain of what might have caused my injuries and how I could go about getting better, I contacted Edna to see if she could help.
I was immediately impressed by Edna’s ability to explain and demonstrate the Taubman technique. We began by examining my technique and getting rid of the inefficient and potentially injurious habits I had developed over years of practice. Over time, Edna helped me to cultivate a growing awareness and sensitivity that allowed me to play in a more comfortable, and consequently, a more musical way. She conveys the intricacies of the technique with an incredible attention to detail and a level of patience which I thoroughly admire, and which kept me engaged even as I was challenged by a level of sensation at the piano I was unaccustomed to.
I am reminded on a daily basis how critically important it is that one uses one’s body with care and a sense of awareness, especially when it comes to playing the piano. To that end, studying with Edna has been a tremendously valuable experience, teaching me to begin to develop not only a correct piano technique but also an awareness to what that proper technique feels like. I feel confident that the changes in technique will help me to avoid future injury, and I have her to thank for that.