Philadelphia Seminar Friday, October 12 - Sunday, October 14, 2018

Lectures, Masterclasses, Technique Clinics, Private Lessons, and Supervised Teacher-Training

The Philadelphia Seminar will be held October 12-14, 2018 in the heart of the city at the University of the Arts.

This seminar will include material for musicians who are new to the Taubman Approach through those who are seeking advanced teacher-training in the approach. We will split the group at times to ensure that the material is appropriate to your experience with the Taubman Approach.

Private lessons will be offered on Friday, October 12, 2018, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please reserve in your online registration!

For those new to the Taubman Approach, there will be a free introductory lecture and Master class offered on Saturday morning, October 13, 2018 (and special pricing for the whole weekend)!

Please email David Friedman with any questions you have about the seminar or your stay in Philadelphia.

Overview: Private lessons can be scheduled on Friday with any of the instructors. Saturday runs 8:30am-5pm and is a mix of lectures, teacher-training and masterclasses. Sunday runs 10am-4pm and is a mix of technique clinics, lectures, and masterclasses. Program subject to change.

October 12, 2018 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Private Lessons with the Instructors

Schedule a 30- or 60-minute lesson with Edna Golandsky, John Bloomfield, Robert Durso, or Mary Moran. Additional fees apply.

Lessons will be held at various locations in Philadelphia and are all within a walking distance or short cab ride from the seminar location.

Current Availability:
Robert Durso: 10:00-11:00AM; 12:00-1:00PM
Edna Golandsky: Fully booked
John Bloomfield: 6:00-7:00PM
Mary Moran: 3:00PM - 6:00PM

October 13, 2018 8:30AM - 9:00AM

Caplan Recital Hall at the University of the Arts

9:00AM - 11:00AM

First-Time Participants Track
Location TBA
This set of lectures is free and open to all pianists who are new to the Taubman Approach. Registration is required.

"The Intrinsic and Extrinsic Nature of Piano Technique and How It Relates to the Taubman Approach" - Robert Durso
This lecture will discuss the various approaches to piano technique, using relevant scientific data, historical contexts, and clarifying what distinguishes the Taubman work from other technical approaches.

"Lecture/Demonstration of the Essential Taubman Principles and their use in Standard Repertoire." - Mary Moran
In this lecture, Ms. Moran will demonstrate and explain the skills and terms used as the building blocks of the Taubman Approach to Piano Technique.

9:00AM - 11:00AM

Experienced Track
Caplan Recital Hall

​"Managing an Unexpected Double Rotation in Conjunction with a Crossing" - John Bloomfield
This presentation is designed to help students achieve clarity in both thinking and execution.

"Learning and Teaching the Taubman Work Effectively, with an emphasis on Turning in one piece!" - Robert Durso 
Turning in one piece cannot exist in a vacuum. We will examine the factors involved in producing an excellent rotational movement with the finger, hand and forearm.

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Masterclass with Edna Golandsky.
Caplan Recital Hall
Participants will present a piece or specific passages for musical suggestions and/or technical problem solving. This masterclass is open to all participants from the morning lectures (first-time participants and experienced).

12:00PM - 1:30PM

Lunch on your own.

First-time participants may register for the rest of the weekend during this time.

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Caplan Recital Hall
"Elegie in E-flat minor, Op. 3, No. 1 from Morceaux de fantaisie by Sergei Rachmaninoff" - Mary Moran
Mary Moran will use Rachmaninoff's Elegie to to demonstrate how to create legato melodies and accompaniments.

2:30PM - 5:00PM

Masterclass with Edna Golandsky
Caplan Recital Hall
Participants will present a piece or specific passages for musical suggestions and/or technical problem solving.

October 14, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM

First-Time Participant Track
Location TBA

10-11 Technique Clinic with John Bloomfield
11-12 Technique Clinic with Robert Durso
In this forum, you are invited to bring any passage from the standard repertoire where you are experiencing difficulties. The passage will be analyzed using The Taubman Approach and practical solutions will be shown in a hands-on experience to help you practice more effectively.

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Experienced Track
Caplan Recital Hall

10:00-10:40AM: "Learning basic skills on attractive pieces suitable for intermediate students of any age!" with Robert Durso
While using Frühlingsrauschen, Op. 32, No. 3 (Rustle of Spring) by Christian Sinding, Robert Durso will show how you can use the Taubman Approach to build basic skills of arpeggiated chords, chords and polyrhythms while teaching tone and phrasing! 

10:40-11:20AM: "Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin" with Mary Moran
Mary Moran will discuss how to use the walking hand and arm in combination with other Taubman techniques to make this popular piece accessible for your students.

11:20-12:00PM: "Shaping Considerations Involving the Thumb" with John Bloomfield
John Bloomfield will examine passages in the literature that require the thumb to be in a higher, rather than lower, position in the shape. The presentation will help participants understand how to assess the contour of a shape for efficiency and fluency.

12:00PM - 1:30PM

Lunch on your own

1:30PM - 2:15PM

First-Time Participant Track
Caplan Recital Hall
Q&A with Edna Golandsky

Experienced Track
Location TBA
Break-out sessions with Mary Moran, Robert Durso, and John Bloomfield.
Topics will be based on morning lectures.

2:30PM - 4:00PM

Masterclass with Edna Golandsky
Caplan Recital Hall
Participants will present a piece or specific passages for musical suggestions and/or technical problem solving.


  • Tuition for the weekend is $195 if you register on or before September 20th. After September 20th, the tuition is $250.
  • Special for first-time participants: Enjoy the Saturday morning lectures and masterclass free of charge. If you wish to stay for the rest of the weekend, you may for a reduced rate of $150!
  • Special for piano performance majors: Take part in the first-time participant or experienced track for a reduced rate of $125!

We have set aside a block of hotel rooms at two nearby hotels with special rates. You must book these hotels by September 20th to redeem the reduced rate.

219 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Rooms are $150/night + tax (regularly $299).
Reserve your room 

Rodeway Inn
1208 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Rooms are $136/night
Reserve your room

AirBnb is also a great option. We are happy to answer any questions about location if you decide to AirBnb. If you are driving, please check the availability of parking with your host. Most homes in center city Philadelphia do not have parking!


Getting Here
The University of the Arts and Philadelphia are easily accessible by car, plane, or train. The University has a page with excellent directions.

Philadelphia Seminar


Friday, October 12 - Sunday, October 14, 2018


$195 by 9/20 ($250 after)

There is special pricing for first-time participants and piano performance majors!