Join me in Cambridge!

Come join me at St. John’s College in historic Cambridge, England, for 2 unforgettable days of asking the questions you always wanted to ask,  bringing passage problems that never seem to go away,  being in an atmosphere of learning that is enjoyable and highly effective.  Here is what doctors say about the Taubman-Golandsky Approach:
“The underpinnings of the Taubman technique rest on remarkably simple but, to my mind, highly sound and rational applications of a thorough understanding of anatomy and neuromuscular physiology.” ~Dr. H. Franklin Bunn, M.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

“I went to Edna in September of 2010 at the suggestion of an old friend who is a Juilliard faculty member.  She immediately put me at ease and gave me very specific guidance which transformed my playing over the course of the year. I had approached her looking for technical adjustment; I wound up with a deeply transformed relation to my instrument and a revived delight in playing.” ~Dr. Renna Pye, M.D.

“This approach is the first – at least that I’ve heard of – that considers human anatomy and physiology as part of the process of piano playing.  My playing has been affected dramatically, and I continually see improvement.  Impressive results with the Taubman approach in relieving and preventing injuries and also facilitating greater accomplishment at the piano appears to me to be a gross understatement.” ~Dr. Jerry Titel, M.D.

“One of the revelations of the symposium was the exposure to the benefits of the Taubman approach for other instrumentalists; indeed, it is apparent that avoiding injury at the computer, or with any repetitive stress, can be maximized by applying the Taubman principles! As a physician, it is clear that this approach emphasizes the soundest of principles related to movement, and with proper movement, musical expressivity can be expanded to its optimal potential.” ~Dr. Stanley Rockson, M.D., Stanford Center for Lymphatic and Venous Disorders, Stanford University School of Medicine

“Attending the Institute’s Summer Symposium, I discovered that a lot of people came because they were injured.  As a doctor, this was very interesting to me.  Until discovering the Taubman approach, I had never come across a physical therapist or occupational therapist for pianists. This work is a kind of physical therapy, because the focus is on correct alignment and healthy, coordinate movements that will not hurt you.” ~Dr. Karin Boisvert, M.D.

“Now, I’m not a motion specialist, hand specialist or pianist, but I am a physician with a strong scientific background in research and it makes perfect sense to me that any repetitive and demanding motions which can be effected with putting the least if any stress into those motions and still get the job done with even greater efficiency, is something of great value and importance. This appears to exactly be the case using the Taubman approach to piano playing with a properly certified teacher at the helm.” ~Dr. Leo Gorelkin, M.D.

“The current study evaluates the Taubman Approach to piano technique, which in terms of its approach to CTDs (cumulative trauma disorders) is effectively a movement retraining approach.  Mrs. Taubman developed her approach in order to help pianists play with more virtuosity by developing a coordinate technique; however, it became evident that a coordinate technique also can prevent or lead to reversal of injury.  Documentation of the efficacy of the Taubman Approach could represent a major breakthrough in the as yet unsuccessful effort to lower the incidence of CTD.” ~Dr. William A. Pereira, excerpt from a 1995 federally-funded study

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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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