The Art of Diagnosing and Problem Solving

Edna Golandsky discusses problem-solving at the piano, then works with John Metz on the Chopin Étude Op. 10 No. 1 in C Major.  

How does diagnosing work by using the Taubman Approach? What do we do and how do we do it? Learning to diagnose correctly takes a lot of expertise. Just like a correct medical diagnosis can lead to the correct treatment and save a life, the same is true for the Taubman Approach. The correct diagnosis of why pain might be felt while playing can lead the pianist to pain-free playing. Often something appears "terminal" for a musician like dystonia. However, people who have had dystonia and who have subsequently studied with the highest level of certified teachers from the Golandsky Institute have been cured.

Contrary to popular belief, "no pain, no gain" does not apply to music-making. Watch this free video below with Edna Golandsky on the Art of Diagnosing and Problem Solving. Topics covered in this video:

  • diagnosing
  • injury
  • crossing to and from the thumb
  • arpeggios

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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. She is the founder and artistic director of the Golandsky Institute.