The 2022 Berkeley Seminar Online is here!

Join us online for an immersive learning experience.

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



Saturday, November 5, 2022

Marc Steiner

An Introduction to the Taubman Approach

8:30-9:20 AM

John Bloomfield

9:30-10:20 AM

Grouping on More Than One Level 

Grouping helps us understand and internalize patterns. Playing is easier, learning is quicker and memorization more reliable using this tool. Some passages, in addition, profit from organizing groups of notes in more than one way to reveal the full scope of what is happening in the music.



Two pianists will perform for faculty members Marc Steiner and Elizabeth Swarthout.

Mary Moran

11:30-12:30 PM

Pedagogy Workshop

Mary Moran will give a short talk about pedagogy and then work live with three students and their teachers.

Lunch Break


Robert Durso

2:00-2:50 PM

Chopin’s Nocturne, op.72 #1 in E minor

Robert Durso explores the musical and technical challenges of the piece.

This presentation will teach the necessary tools the Taubman Approach offers to overcome the difficulties in this beloved work.

Debbie Poryes

3:00-3:50 PM

Fundamentals for Learning a Jazz Standard

The tune “Body and Soul” is a classic 32-bar jazz standard played and recorded countless times.  Debbie will show some basic ways to learn the tune, give a harmonic and melodic analysis, and suggest some strategies for improvising. 

Breakout Groups


Join the faculty members in smaller groups for an exciting array of learning! Bring questions from the day and be ready to try out passages!