Berkeley Seminar Online 2023


Empowering your piano playing from home!

The Berkeley Seminar Online offers lectures, demonstrations, masterclasses, and interactive sessions to expand your skills and knowledge of the Taubman Approach to piano technique.

$125 early bird registration through October 1, $150 thereafter

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All times are in PACIFIC Day Time

8:30 AM – 9:20 AM

An Introduction to the Taubman Approach

Marc Steiner

9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

When Leaving a Chord, Letting Go of Some Notes Sooner Than Others

John Bloomfield

In chordal playing, staccato touch is necessary. However, the most secure way to play from one chord to the next doesn’t always mean letting notes go simultaneously. John Bloomfield explores this interesting idea with examples from the repertoire.

10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Masterclass with Edna Golandsky

Edna Golandsky will coach a student on the Chopin Barcarolle Op. 60.

11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

Pedagogy Workshop with Mary Moran

Mary Moran will coach three young students.

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

Frédéric Chopin’s Berceuse, Op. 57: a lullaby to be played on the piano

Robert Durso

Robert Durso will discuss the musical and technical issues involved with the performance of this work. He will apply the Taubman Approach for the most effective solutions to common technical challenges used in this beautiful piece.

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Chord Voicings

Debbie Poryes

Practicing chord voicings in 12 keys is one of the jazz pianist’s most enjoyable pastimes. Debbie Poryes will offer a guided tour of some beautiful chords and chord progressions as well as provide tips on how to think your way through practicing them in their 12 locations on the piano.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Breakout Groups

We will divide into smaller groups for interactive opportunities to work with faculty on specific issues and get questions from the day answered.

Registration for : Berkeley Seminar Online 2023

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