2021 Golandsky Institute Virtual Summer Symposium



Come join an ever-expanding, world-wide community of performers, college professors, teachers, dedicated amateurs and music-lovers...

✔ Discover how to solve elusive problems with the Taubman Approach

✔ Bring problem passages that don't yield to practice alone to our highly-trained faculty in technique clinics.

✔ Attend discussions that spotlight particular excerpts from the repertoire, and participate in interactive break-out groups with hands-on attention from our experts.

✔ Observe our world-renowned teachers build scale and arpeggio technique.

✔ Evening concerts

✔ Attend master classes...and so much more!

Master class registration and video submission deadline is June 1.

Cancellation Policy: The fee is refundable upon written request by June 10. No refunds shall be granted for participants whose request is received after June 10. Deadline for registration is July 1.


Symposium Morning Activities

Daily Presentations

Participant Level Topic Description Presenters
Level 1 The Building Blocks of the Taubman Approach For newcomers John Bloomfield, Robert Durso, and Mary Moran
Level 2 Exploration of how various elements of the Taubman Approach are integrated in specific passages For returning participants and those already familiar with the Taubman Approach. Following a discussion of the passage, there will be interactive breakout groups where participants get hands-on attention from faculty members. Deborah Cleaver, Elizabeth Swarthout, Yoriko Fieleke, and Brenna Berman
Level 3 Special Daily Sessions for Certification Program Participants Edna Golandsky

Technique Clinics

Description Presenter(s)
Small interactive sessions, where participants are invited to bring their own passage problems for discussion. All participants will be in technique clinics. Participants will be divided into small groups and work with a faculty member in these clinics. Questions to be submitted by June 25. These daily sessions are conducted by faculty members.

Presentations For All

Topic/Description Presenter(s)
Lecture on Consistency vs. Practicality : Pianists have a general tendency to use the same choreography for similar passages. Sometimes this works well, but other times it may cause unanticipated awkwardness. In this presentation, learn how a practical evaluation of context can lead to the most efficient choices when wrapping your hands around the complexities of a passage. John Bloomfield
Analyzing Brahms Intermezzo, Op.117 No.1 : Many aspects of the Taubman Approach are necessary for performing and teaching this popular Brahms Intermezzo without tension, especially tension from stretching. Mary Moran will discuss many of Dorothy Taubman’s interpretive ideas for creating drama, along with the technical steps necessary for beautiful voicing, balance and ease in this piece. Mary Moran
Exploring Chopin Etude Op.25 No.12 : Often nicknamed the "Ocean Etude", Robert Durso will discuss the various technical issues and how the Taubman Approach gives a clear and orderly way to practice and perform this work. Rather than a series of tips and tricks, Mr. Durso will create a "grid of skills" for developing the most efficient practice session. Robert Durso

Symposium Afternoon Activities

Description Presenter(s)
Master classes with Senior Faculty and guests Senior Faculty and guests, Ilya Itin and Sean Duggan
Problem Solving Sessions: All participants will be together in one large group for these sessions with Edna Golandsky. Questions to be submitted by June 25. Edna Golandsky
Preparing the Next Generation of Expert Taubman Teachers--the Process of Becoming Certified Therese Milanovic
Resolving Issues with Computer Typing and Mobile Phones Edna Golandsky
Childrens’ Pedagogy Sessions Mary Moran
Q & A Sessions John Bloomfield, Robert Durso, Edna Golandsky

Videos will be available to registrants after the Symposium is finished.


Evening concerts with Ilya Itin and Thomas Bagwell. More information coming soon!


Cancellation Policy: The fee is refundable upon written request by June 10. No refunds shall be granted for participants whose request is received after June 10.

Deadline for registration is July 1.


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