Testimonials

Aaron Berkowitz, M.D., Ph.D

When musicians are injured, they are often offered strategies for recovery that include physical therapy, treatment of pain, and reduction in continuous time practicing.  While these approaches can aid in recovery from injury, they do not address the root causes of musicians' injuries: deep-seated technical and postural habits that lead to maladaptive playing patterns that can cause muscular strain or neurological injury. The Taubman approach is a comprehensive method that precisely addresses these root causes of injury, leading not only to recovery, but to prevention of further injury.  The student eliminates old 'bad habits' through a practical...


TOM LAWTON, Senior Lecturer, University of the Arts

Tom Lawton: Portrait Of A Jazz Pianist

Interviewed by Vic Schermer (excerpt)

VS: Some time ago, you told me you were going to New England to study with a woman teacher who was to help you revise your piano technique.

TL: We’re talking about Dorothy Taubman. She has a two-week workshop every summer at Amherst College. I went there and then followed up with Bob Durso in Philly. I spent seven and a half years learning how to play the piano from scratch!

VS: Can you describe the difference...


Don Glanden, Professor, The University of the Arts

In the fall of 1995 I began to experience some discomfort related to my piano technique. This usually took the form of stiffness in my hand, occasional tingling, a sore area on the inside of my forearm and occasional soreness in the elbow. I saw several doctors, a physical therapist and three classical piano teachers who had expertise in piano-related injuries. I also built my own library of over thirty books, endless articles and videotapes about healthy piano technique. I’m thankful for all the help and insight this search yielded. I continued playing for the next seven years...


Barbara Banacos

The Power of Coordinate Movement

In December of 1996, my hands closed into fists as result of an injury called dystonia. Dystonia is considered by the medical profession to have no cure. At the time of the injury I was in my second year of college and practicing five to eight hours a day despite a lot of pain. Being under the assumption that pain was a part of becoming a musician, I never thought I was headed for any real trouble. As the symptoms of dystonia began to show, I felt that the more I practiced the...


Stanley G. Rockson, M.D.

It’s difficult to overemphasize the joy that I have experienced in discovering the Golandsky Institute after more than 50 years of serious dedication to the piano. At long last, through the Taubman Approach, I have found the ideal means to near-effortless, directed physical mastery of keyboard technique. Each time that I watch the Taubman Technique videos I discover yet another nuance of this very elegant approach to the correct application of technique to physical and musical performance! In 2008, I had the first opportunity to attend The Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium at Princeton, where these core principles were introduced...


Leo Gorelkin, M.D.

To Whom It May Concern:

My wife Paula, a classically trained pianist, playing the piano for 53 years, had received cortisone shots about three years ago and eventually surgery on both hands for three fingers from very painful and incapacitating injuries (trigger fingers) which apparently resulted from her playing. After the surgery, yet another finger was threatening. At that time she met a teacher at the Golandsky Institute who suggested she be evaluated by Edna Golandsky herself, a major proponent and master teacher of the Taubman approach. She professed that Edna might be helpful with her problem. What...


Ilya Itin

Edna Golandsky is a consummate expert of piano technique and musical artistry. The depth of her analytical ability surpasses anything I have encountered. Her work frees performers, enabling them to realize their full potential.


Veronica Greenan

I went to the 2012 Symposium hoping and wishing it would be the answer to my pain. I had an injury in my left arm that caused tingling up to my elbow and fatigue in both hands and arms. After having only one lesson with Edna Golandsky, my gut instinct was telling me that there was something here to explore with the Taubman Technique. I registered for the symposium and I can say one year later, that it probably was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made in my life, if not the greatest. Everything about my playing...