What makes the Golandsky Institute Symposium and Festival at Princeton University unique from any other symposium or festival in the world, is that pianists walk in the first day with unanswered questions that to them seem insurmountable. Eight days later, they leave with some key solutions to their problems, and the knowledge that there is a wealth of concrete information available.They also realize through speaking to others at the Symposium who have gotten help that learning the Taubman Approach has led to them to achieve unimaginable results at the instrument.
These are the activities available in the program:
– Private lessons, where each person’s problems are diagnosed and new strategies implemented. Many participants feel a change straight away.
– First-time participants are allocated an experienced practice assistant, who works with them regularly throughout the week to reinforce what was learned at lessons.
– Lectures about basic elements of the technique by expert Golandsky Institute faculty.
– Interactive technique clinics to have practical experience of implementing ideas discussed in technique lectures, and the opportunity to have questions answered.
– Lectures on applying the Taubman Approach to key works in the repertoire.
– While there are performance opportunities available, there is no pressure to perform. The emphasis is on your learning, tailored to meet your specific needs.
– Masterclasses featuring high-level pianists performing advanced works.
– This Symposium is geared to teachers, students of any age, as well as performers. As such, we also have special classes on how to apply this technique to teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced students.
– Despite the busy schedule, there is practice time written into the schedule.
– World class guest presenters, lecturing on subjects such as Debussy, Bach, and pedaling.
– See Edna Golandsky work with students on stage in short segments, witnessing how some issues can be solved in a short time.
– Being in the midst of this group dynamic in an open-minded and supportive atmosphere, you may feel for the first time that you are not alone, and there are many people who are or have been in the same situation. It gives hope, through meeting people who previously had serious issues, and are now not only problem free, but thriving. – You may also feel for the first time that in fact nothing is wrong with you, but rather with the way you do certain things in the piano. You find out these problems are not in your head, but in your hands.
– Coming to the Golandsky Institute does not mean that you have to “subscribe” to the Taubman Approach. It only means that you may see solutions and benefits to your own playing and teaching that you didn’t see before. It’s able to put you altogether on a new track.
– As a bonus, registration includes access to the Piano Festival which runs simultaneously, with inspiring concerts in the evenings.
– Experience the warm, positive atmosphere without competitiveness. There is a generosity of spirit, giving, benefiting others, and a deep sense of satisfaction. AND LOTS OF FUN!