2020 Golandsky Institute Online Workshop


We very much miss you and we miss seeing you at our workshops.

But, we don’t want the need for social distancing to keep us apart.

So, we have decided to present a one-hour online workshop on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 7:00pm ET (GMT-4) to keep the momentum going and enjoy some virtual time together.

Let us know what concepts of the Taubman Approach (or questions you may have about them) you would like clarified or what specific passages you would like to hear discussed. (Upload a scan of your passage and tell us what the issue is.)

Please send in your requests with your registration by Thursday, June 11. There is a limit to the number of participants, first come first serve!

Be sure to mark June 25 on your calendars. We want to hear from you!

Information to join the Golandsky Institute Online Workshop will be sent upon registration.

Edna Golandsky

  • Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 2, mm. 7-8: How to play D♭ with the 5th finger in bar 7 so it doesn’t
    feel weak. Also, how to play the piece without getting tired.
  • Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 4, m. 3: How to coordinate the two hands particularly on the first two
    left-hand rolled chords.
  • Schumann Symphonic Studies, Variation 3: Problems with evenness, not wanting the thumb on
    the way up to sound accented, not sure where to put the hands and arms to best tackle this

John Bloomfield

  • Mozart Sonata in A Minor, K. 310, first movement, mm. 59 – 61: “I find the passage very
    fatiguing in the hands, my wrists also get extremely tight. I try to use the pedal, but find that it
    then becomes difficult to keep the clarity of the different voices.”
  • Chopin Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39, mm. 159 – 163: “How can I reduce the
    ‘choppiness’ of the left hand in the numerous downward sequences? I can play left hand and
    right hand separately and reasonably smoothly but when played together, my left hand loses
    the sweep of the phrase and it sounds choppy.”
  • Chopin Nocturne Op. 55 No. 2, mm. 52 – 54: “How do you keep the trill going with two fingers
    in the accompaniment while also articulating the melody with yet another finger of the same

Mary Moran

  • Beethoven Sonata No. 8 “Pathétique”, first movement, mm.11-20: “Allegro di molto e con brio
    section (especially the left hand).”
  • Schumann Kinderszenen Op.15 No. 4, mm.1-3; No.8, mm.1-6: “How would you play the
    fingerings of Schuman’s Kinderszenen op. 15 no 4, Bittendes Kind and no 8, Am Kamin. I mean
    basically if you play as written or what to do with the left and what with the right.”
  • Joplin Maple Leaf Rag, A Section mm.1-4; C Section, left-hand stride: “Can you please discuss
    Ragtime technique using Maple Leaf Rag A Section. Rotations? In/Out, Grouping, Shaping?
    Particularly the alternation of octaves and single notes, but stride, also, if time permits.”

Robert Durso

  • How to cross the thumb in scale playing with ease!
  • Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit, Ondine: How to avoid fatigue in the opening repetitive figure.

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