Course Description

NOTE: There are two options to enroll. The full-time participant section is MUSPREP0003-010. Taubman students Level 6 and above may also register for the Practicum (MUSPREP0003-014) in addition to the full-time participant section The Observer section is MUSPREP0003-011.

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Workshop description

Dorothy Taubman spent more than fifty years of study and  research in the field of piano pedagogy. Dorothy Taubman’s ideas on interpretation are as penetrating as her approach to technique. Her master classes stress one of her major pedagogical goals – teaching how to read the composer’s blueprint (the score) and how to blend each composer’s intent and style with the performer’s capabilities and individuality. Mrs. Taubman believed every intelligent pianist can be trained to be interpretively self-reliant.

A celebrated innovator with an international reputation for her revolutionary concepts and principles on the art of playing the piano, Dorothy Taubman has been praised in numerous prestigious publications for her work. In one of several articles in The New York Times, she was described as a “doyenne of the master class who understands a lot about how people play the piano.” She gave lectures and master classes throughout the United States and abroad including Oberlin College, New England Conservatory, Tanglewood, Lincoln Center, The Gina Bachauer Piano Festival and The Rubin Academy and Jerusalem Music Center in Israel. She was formerly a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College and a visiting professor of piano at Temple University in Philadelphia. She also taught at her Brooklyn, New York studio.

A natural and powerful technique, the Taubman Approach liberates pianists to play effortlessly, unburdened by physical limitations. Based on principles of physiology and coordinated motion, the Taubman Approach enables pianists not only to unravel technical complexities that might block artistic expression, but also to avoid fatigue, pain and injury. Performing artists, students and teachers can discover the power of Dorothy Taubman’s technique through a full range of instructional venues.


The Taubman Seminar was founded in  in 2002 in New York City  by Maria del Pico Taylor, Sondra Tammam, , Paul  Maillet and the late Eleanor Hancock, all students of Dorothy Taubman. It remained in New York City,with Dorothy Taubman as the Artistic Director, until 2007 as a showcase for guest artists, concerts, and workshops. Upon invitation from Temple University, the Seminar  moved to Philadelphia in 2008 and in 2012 Temple became the official home of the Taubman Seminar..

Since 2008 Temple University has developed into a nationwide leading institution for providing training on the pedagogy of the Taubman technique. Our curriculum includes six levels of instruction taught by an outstanding  specialist faculty. Certification is available for students who complete the curriculum and pass all the performing and teaching  requirements.


Over the years we have rejoiced as our students have improved  their performing and their teaching  skills and as injured pianists  have experienced  the joy of  recovery. Our outreach has been expanded to a national audience and the Seminar 2019 will be the best one yet!! 

Course Outline

A natural and powerful technique, the Taubman Approach liberates pianists to play effortlessly, unburdened by physical limitations. Based on principles of physiology and coordinated motion, the Taubman Approach enables pianists not only to unravel technical complexities that might block artistic expression, but also to avoid fatigue, pain and injury. Performing artists, students and teachers can discover the power of Dorothy Taubman’s technique through a full range of instructional venues.

Learner Outcomes

Distinguished Piano Teachers Pedagogy Forum

Expression from the Start
Amy Glennon is the Educational Director at the New School for Music Study and is the co-author of the “Side by Side” series. She has presented at MTNA, NCKP, and Practical Piano Pedagogy Conferences.

Teaching Students to Shape Beautifully
Michael Sheadel has degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory and Temple University (DMA). He has taught piano for over 30 years and teaches at the Main Line Conservatory and the University of Pennsylvania.

An Introduction to the Suzuki Method
Elaine Friedlander received her BM and BMEd. at PMA and holds a MM from West Chester University. She has studied Suzuki training and has been teaching privately for over 50 years.
Teaching Jazz to Classical Pianists
William Munich earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s from Temple University. He has taught in Philadelphia public schools, Settlement Music School, Glassboro State and Swarthmore College.

Creating Community in the Piano Studio
Janet Lynn Woods, B. Mus. Ed., MM, maintains a piano studio in her home. She integrates pedagogy with music education and performance so that each student experiences their full musical potential.

Building a Foundation for Life
Sally Hardy began her formal musical training at Chautauqua Institute at the age of 15 and attended Temple University for her Master’s in Opera Performance. Ms. Hardy has maintained a piano studio for over 25 years



Maria del Pico Taylor, director

Maria Botelho Hubler, assistant director

Dr. Angeline Chang

Silvanio Reis                                                                                        

Guest Artists

Michael Gurt is Professor and Keyboard Division Chair at Louisiana State University. He obtained his BM degree from the University of Michigan School of Music with graduate studies at the Juilliard School. In 1982, Mr. Gurt won First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and since then has won prizes in various international competitions.

Marvin Blickenstaff holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Indiana University. In 2007, he was named Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and in 2009 he received the MTNA Achievement Award. He teaches in his home studio and at The New School for Music Study in Princeton.

Natalie Zhu began studying piano in China at age 6 and immigrated to the U.S. at age 11. She enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music at age 15. She received a Master in Music degree from the Yale School of Music. She is actively performing in music societies and concerts throughout the U.S., Korea and China.

Myriam Avalos-Teie was awarded full scholarships to the Eastman School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory. Dr. Avalos-Teie holds a Doctoral Degree in Chamber Music. She has given performances and master classes in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Asia where she has earned critical acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician and pedagogue.

For full course schedule and special event activity please click: 
Taubman Institute 2019


Registration: $45Noncredit Tuition:
Full Time: $595*
Observer: $195*

Seminar Notes $30

Late fee: $50 for all registrations received after May 1.


The Taubman seminar is available for 2 or 3 Undergraduate or Graduate credit hours at Temple University. Registration for Temple credit will become available in late March, 2019. Please contact David Brown if you plan to enroll for Temple University credit.

Credit fees range from $773 per credit (in-state undergraduate tuition) to $1,383 per credit (out-of-state graduate tuition). *** Registration for Temple credit must be complete and paid before the course begins. Contact Asst. Dean David Brown to register for Temple University credit.


Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Seminar. This year, with much joy and gratitude, we would like to welcome the stellar group of guest artists and collaborators listed below. They are all at the top of their fields, and are in great demand nationally and internationally. It is an honor to have them join us this summer.

The category of OBSERVER will be available again this year. 

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