Berkeley Seminar 2017


The Golandsky Institute presents its 14th annual Berkeley Seminar.

For more information, email questions to faculty member Elizabeth Swarthout, eswarthout1 [at] Or call her at 510-215-1647.

Faculty for Berkeley Seminar: John Bloomfield, Mary Moran, Elizabeth Swarthout, Marc Steiner, Debbie Poryes

Friday, November 10 9 AM – 1 PM Observed Private Lessons

Located in two private studios.

1 PM Lunch
2:30 PM – 6:30 PM Observed Private Lessons

Located in two private studios.

Saturday, November 11 8:45 AM Check In
9 AM Exploring Bach’s Fugues: Challenges and Strategies

With John Bloomfield

10:00 AM Coffee Break
10:15 AM Solving Technical Problems in Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata With the Taubman Approach

With Mary Moran

She will discuss broken octaves, leaps, trills, voicing chords and slow playing in the first movement.

11:00 AM The Challenges of Playing in Front of the Body

With Marc Steiner

11:30 AM Technique Clinic 

With John Bloomfield

12 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Technical and Musical Issues Related to Playing Faure’s First Nocturne, Op. 33, No. 1

With Elizabeth Swarthout

2:15 PM Master Classes 

With John Bloomfield, Mary Moran and Marc Steiner

3:45 PM Break
4 PM Teaching Elementary Students How to Release Long Fingers

With Mary Moran

4:45 PM Playing, Teaching and Enjoying ‘Little B’s Poem’, a 1960s jazz tune by Bobby Hutcherson

With Debbie Poryes

5:30 PM End
Sunday, November 12 9 AM Observed Private Lessons

Located in two private studios.

10 AM Q & A

With John Bloomfield


With Mary Moran

11 AM Observed Private Lessons


Master Class and Pedagogy Workshop for Children and Teens

With Mary Moran

Please contact Amy Brookes (aimsta.b [at] by November 1st to request lessons for your students, and include the full name, age and piece for each student.


Registration for : Berkeley Seminar 2017

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