The unique benefits you can gain at The Golandsky Institute at Princeton University this July.

What makes the Golandsky Institute Symposium and Festival at Princeton University unique from any other symposium or festival in the world, is that pianists walk in the first day with unanswered questions that to them seem insurmountable. Eight days later, they leave with some key solutions to their problems, and the knowledge that there is a wealth of concrete information available.They also realize through speaking to others at the Symposium who have gotten help that learning the Taubman Approach has led to them to achieve unimaginable results at the instrument.

These are the activities available in the program:

– Private lessons, where each person’s problems are diagnosed and new strategies implemented. Many participants feel a change straight away.

– First-time participants are allocated an experienced practice assistant, who works with them regularly throughout the week to reinforce what was learned at lessons.

– Lectures about basic elements of the technique by expert Golandsky Institute faculty.

– Interactive technique clinics to have practical experience of implementing ideas discussed in technique lectures, and the opportunity to have questions answered.

– Lectures on applying the Taubman Approach to key works in the repertoire.

– While there are performance opportunities available, there is no pressure to perform. The emphasis is on your learning, tailored to meet your specific needs.

– Masterclasses featuring high-level pianists performing advanced works.

– This Symposium is geared to teachers, students of any age, as well as performers. As such, we also have special classes on how to apply this technique to teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced students.

– Despite the busy schedule, there is practice time written into the schedule.

– World class guest presenters, lecturing on subjects such as Debussy, Bach, and pedaling.

– See Edna Golandsky work with students on stage in short segments, witnessing how some issues can be solved in a short time.

– Being in the midst of this group dynamic in an open-minded and supportive atmosphere, you may feel for the first time that you are not alone, and there are many people who are or have been in the same situation. It gives hope, through meeting people who previously had serious issues, and are now not only problem free, but thriving. – You may also feel for the first time that in fact nothing is wrong with you, but rather with the way you do certain things in the piano.  You find out these problems are not in your head, but in your hands.

– Coming to the Golandsky Institute does not mean that you have to “subscribe” to the Taubman Approach.  It only means that you may see solutions and benefits to your own playing and teaching that you didn’t see before. It’s able to put you altogether on a new track.

– As a bonus, registration includes access to the Piano Festival which runs simultaneously, with inspiring concerts in the evenings.

– Experience the warm, positive atmosphere without  competitiveness. There is a generosity of spirit, giving, benefiting others, and a deep sense of satisfaction.  AND LOTS OF FUN!

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About golandsky
Edna Golandsky is the leading exponent of the Taubman Approach. She has earned wide acclaim throughout the United States and abroad for her extraordinary ability to solve technical problems and for her penetrating musical insight. She received both her bachelor of music and master of music degrees from the Juilliard School, following which she continued her studies with Dorothy Taubman. Performers and students from around the world come to study, coach, and consult with Ms. Golandsky. A pedagogue of international renown, she has a long-established reputation for the expert diagnosis and treatment of problems such as fatigue, pain, and serious injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, focal dystonia, thoracic outlet syndrome, tennis and golfer’s elbow, and ganglia. She has been a featured speaker at many music medicine conferences. She is also an adjunct professor of piano at the City University of New York (CUNY). Ms. Golandsky has lectured and conducted master classes at some of the most prestigious music institutions in the United States, including the Eastman School of Music, Yale University, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Oberlin Conservatory. Internationally, she has given seminars in Canada, Holland, Israel, Korea, Panama, and Turkey. In 2001 she was a guest lecturer at the European Piano Teachers’ Association in Oxford, England, and in July 2003 she conducted a symposium in Lecce, Italy. In August 2010, she gave a master class and judged in a piano competition at the Chatauqua Festival. She was a guest presenter at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in 2003 and 2009 and was engaged to return in October 2010. In 2011 she was a guest presenter at the Music Teachers National Association in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Piano Teachers Congress of New York; and the Music Teachers Association of California. She gave week-long workshops at the Panama Jazz Festival at 2009 and 2010 and will return in 2012. For the past three years, Ms. Golandsky and violinist Sophie Till have been working on a detailed application of the Taubman principles for string players. An instructional book about beginning lessons in the Taubman Approach for violinists is slated to come out in the future. Ms. Golandsky’s application of the work for computer users has resulted in Healthy Typing, an instructional DVD. Edna Golandsky is the person with whom Dorothy Taubman worked most closely. In 1976 Ms. Golandsky conceived the idea of establishing an Institute where people could come together during the summer and pursue an intensive investigation of the Taubman Approach. She encouraged Mrs. Taubman to establish the Taubman Institute, which they ran together as co-founders. Mrs. Taubman was executive director and Ms. Golandsky served as artistic director. Almost from the beginning, Mrs. Taubman entrusted Ms. Golandsky with the planning and programming of the annual summer session. She gave daily lectures on the Taubman Approach and later conducted master classes as well. As the face of the Taubman Approach, Ms. Golandsky discusses each of its elements in a ten-volume video series. Mrs. Taubman has written, “I consider her the leading authority on the Taubman Approach to instrumental playing.”

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