Panama Jazz Festival: Workshops with Edna Golandsky and also Barbara Banacos, designed to solve technical and musical problems.

Edna Golandsky returns to the Panama Jazz Festival to give her much acclaimed classes that present strategies and solutions for long-simmering technical and musical problems.  This hands-on experience is targeted to jazz/classical pianists and other instrumentalists and is highly recommended!  Students, teachers, and performers of all levels and experience are welcome to attend!

 As a new addition, Edna’s morning workshop will be followed by Barbara Banacos in the afternoon, who is a certified teacher of the Taubman Approach and daughter of world-renowned jazz educator Charlie Banacos. Ms. Banacos will further explore technical challenges of improvisational patterns that are common in jazz practice.

 Edna Golandsky is co-founder and artistic director of The Golandsky Institute, the preeminent center of the Taubman Approach based in New York City. 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. The Taubman Approach has proven to be highly effective in the resolution of technical limitations and playing-related injuries. It provides musicians with a foundation that allows for full artistic expression and the development of virtuosic technical ability. Performers and students from around the world come to study, coach, and consult with Ms. Golandsky. The Panama Jazz Festival is the official site of The Golandsky Institute in South America.


What are people saying about the Taubman Approach?

 “This education should be taught worldwide. It should be a part of every educational system from early on so pianists can develop to their utmost potential…It makes playing the piano so easy.” Danilo Perez, jazz pianist, Founder and Director of Panama Jazz Festival

“The Taubman technique leaves no stone unturned . For every detail of piano playing the Taubman  approach  brings the most logical and economical method  for safe and painless virtuosity.” Garry Dial, Manhattan School of Music

“Fue una experiencia maravillosa, que me cambió la vida. Gracias por enseñarnos cómo mejor nuestras técnicas en el piano y cómo aplicarlas a nuestras vidas.” Ginger Rivas, pianist

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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