2021 Berkeley Seminar



Berkeley Seminar Online

Experience an immersive day of learning.

November 6, 2021

Berkeley Seminar Online will offer a variety of sessions to expand your skills and knowledge of the Taubman Approach to piano technique. Sessions include:

  • Problem Solving with Edna Golandsky
  • Lecture by John Bloomfield
  • Masterclass
  • Pedagogy workshop with Mary Moran, working with young students
  • Jazz session with Debbie Poryes

All sessions will be recorded and made available to all registrants after the Workshop.


(Pacific Time)

Marc Steiner

An Introduction to the Taubman Approach

8:30-9:25 AM

John Bloomfield

9:35-10:30 AM

Fingering Patterns Using 1 – 2 – 3 – 2 – 1 

This presentation will take a deep dive into one of the most common fingering sequences in the repertoire, used frequently in elementary and advanced pieces alike. The configuration of black and white keys plays a role, as does the combination of whole- and half-steps. John Bloomfield will examine how we play this design and give advice about how to teach it.

Edna Golandsky

10:40-11:35 AM

Problem Solving of Passagework as well as answering questions regarding any aspect of the Taubman Approach​

If you have been wondering about how to solve problems that seem unsolvable, as well as any other question involving the Taubman approach, this is the session for YOU. 



Two pianists will perform for Elizabeth Swarthout and Marc Steiner.

Lunch Break


Mary Moran

2-3 PM

Pedagogy Workshop

Working live with four young students

Debbie Poryes

3:10-4:00 PM

Jazz Session

How to Play and Teach "Watermelon Man"

Breakout Groups

Join one of four faculty members to ask questions from the day and try out passages!



$140, early bird (until Oct 15) $120

REGISTER at berkeleyseminar.org


Edna Golandsky

Founder and Artistic Director, Leading Expert, The Golandsky Institute

Edna Golandsky is the leading exponent of the Taubman Approach. She has earned wide acclaim throughout the United States and abroad for her extraordinary ability to solve technical problems and for her penetrating musical insight. She received both her bachelor of music and master of music degrees from the Juilliard School, following which she continued her studies with Dorothy Taubman.

John Bloomfield

Co-Founder, Senior Director, Faculty Chair, Leading Expert, The Golandsky Institute

John Bloomfield is a co-founder and a Senior Director of the Golandsky Institute, as well as serving as its faculty chairman. In demand as a teacher and clinician, he maintains a private studio in New York City and travels frequently to lecture, consult, and give lessons, most recently in Australia.

Mary Moran

Co-Founder, Senior Director, Leading Expert, The Golandsky Institute

Mary Moran is a co-founder and a Senior Director of the Golandsky Institute. Widely recognized as a teacher of the Taubman Approach and for her work in children’s pedagogy, she has a private studio in Albany, New York and mentors teachers in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Canada. She is the author of “Basic Alignment & Rotation – Beginning Lessons in the Taubman Approach”.

Elizabeth Swarthout

Faculty, The Golandsky Institute

Elizabeth Swarthout has studied the Taubman Approach since 1985. She serves is the founder and former director of the Golandsky Institute Berkeley Seminar. She teaches in Richmond and Davis, California; Granada, Spain; as well as online.

Marc Steiner

Teacher and Performer

Marc Steiner has over thirty years experience with the Taubman Approach. He regularly gives lectures and master classes on the Taubman work and is a former faculty member of the Taubman and Golandsky Institutes.  He performs as pianist with Sierra Ensemble and maintains private teaching studios in the East Bay and Los Angeles areas.

Debbie Poryes

Jazz Pianist and Teacher

Born in Santa Monica, California, Debbie found herself at the piano when she was five, practicing everything from Chopin to show tunes. Playing led to fascination with music theory and structure, then jazz standards, composing, and improvising. Hearing Monk and Miles as a teenager, she fell in love with their music and decided to become a jazz pianist.

Registration for : 2021 Berkeley Seminar

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