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The Dorothy Taubman Piano Seminar

for performers, teachers and students of piano
May 19-24, 2014


Workshop description


New for 2014:  Two new presentations


Rhetoric and drama in piano performance
Dr. Charles Abramovic,

Keyboard Department Chair
Boyer College of Music and Dance

"TRANSLATING TOUCH INTO TONE" - an in depth look at the design, materials, and execution of the responsive piano action. What makes it work and how do we manipulate it to make music?
Richard Galassini, Co-Owner, Cunningham Piano Company

Two master classes with guest artists
Daniel Epstein, Rutgers University
Jonathan Feldman Juilliard School of Music

Accommodations will be available at Morgan Hall, the brand new high-rise facility on Temple University's main campus, located on the corner of Broad St and Cecil B. Moore, 1/2 block from Rock Hall.  Accomodations include multi-bedroom, suite-style apartments with common living area and kitchenette.  For a virtual tour of Morgan Hall, CLICK HERE.

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 New York and remained there for several years as a showcase for guest artists, concerts, and workshops. Upon invitation from Temple University, the Seminar moved to Philadelphia in 2008.

The Seminar has grown during the last five years to present six levels of instruction taught by an outstanding specialist faculty. In the interim we have rejoiced as our students have improved as performers and teachers, and as injured pianists recovered their pianistic skills. Seminar format has changed this year, offering an entire week of intensive work with Taubman specialists and guest artists. Outreach has been expanded to a national audience and new and returning students are welcome to join us for our birthday celebration.






Maria Taylor Sondra Tammam

Maria Batelho Hubler

JonathanFeldman DanielEpstein  
Jonathan Feldman Daniel Epstein


Maria del Pico Taylor - Professor of Piano at Temple University. Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Taubman Seminar in New York City. MM Northwestern University; Artist and Licentiate Diplomas U of Toronto. Teachers: Adele Marcus; Dorothy Taubman since 1976; Winner of Lindback Award for distinguished teaching; and Teacher of the Year for Pennsylvania, introduced the Taubman Technique to Philadelphia; performances, lectures and master classes in Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, England, Hawaii, Brazil, Serbia, adjudicates competitions nationally; Artistic Director for the Latin Fiesta ensemble which has premiered commissioned works written by Grammy artists Tania Leon, Roberto Sierra, Arturo O’Farrill, Oscar Hernandez and Carlos Franzetti. Founders of the “Hispanos… Many Roots… Many Faces…” Festivals. Latin Fiesta tours nationwide as soloists and with orchestras.

Sondra Tammam - Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Taubman Seminar in New York City. MM The Juilliard School; BM Manhattan School of Music. Studies with Dorothy Taubman since 1980, also Zaslavsky, R.Lhevinne. Former Assoc. Professor at the Manhattan School of Music &Classical Music Dir.of Summer Arts Institute at Rutgers. Winner in the Kosciuzko Chopin Competition, 1st prize - Auerbuch International Competition, Juilliard Concerto, Paderewski Competition. and the John Myers Foundation Grant. Performances, Master Classes /Lectures in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. Concerts at Merkin Hall, Weill Hall, (NY), Harvard (Boston),Wigmore (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Chamber performances with members of NY Philharmonic. Broadcasts WQXR, WNYC. Adjudicator of NY Debut competitions Leschetizsky Assoc. &others. Management- PRIMO ARTISTS.2 CD’s(Palexa)

Maria Botelho Hubler - MM Temple University, BM FAAM SP, Brazil. Genia Robinor Award for Teaching Excellence, Allison R. and Maria E. Drake Pedagogy Award for Excellence in Ensemble Teaching from PTSA. An active pianist, piano teacher, lecturer and adjudicator in the Philadelphia area. Ms. Hubler has performed in Brazil, USA and Spain as a soloist, an accompanist and with orchestra. Ms. Hubler earned her MM at Temple University under a full scholarship from the Brazilian government and studied at Musica in Compostela in Compostela, Spain under a scholarship from the Spanish government. She has taught at Temple University’s Music Preparatory Division, at the Academy of Community Music and at the Haddonfield School of Performing Arts. Her students have won competitions in the Philadelphia area and have performed at prestigious venues, including Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has been studying the Taubman technique with Professor Maria del Pico Taylor since 1988.

Active as an ensemble player and accompanist, Jonathan Feldman has performed around the world with artists such as Nathan Milstein, Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Sir James Galway, Joshua Bell and Midori. PBS broadcast his performance with Gil Shaham on “Live from Lincoln Center” in U.S.A. He has been chairman of the collaborative piano department at the Juilliard school since 1991 and at the Music Academy of the West since 2005. Faculty at the New England Conservatory. International master class clinician, lecturer and adjudicator. Regular keyboard player for the New York Philharmonic. Feldman's most recent recordings, with his wife, New York Philharmonic principal bassoonist Judith LeClair, and principal flutist Robert Langevin, are available on Avie Records. He has also recorded for Angel/EMI, Columbia Masterworks, Naxos, Nonesuch and others. He can be heard on soundtracks for many movies such as Music of the Heart with Meryl Streep and The Man Who Wasn't There by the Coen Brothers.

Pianist Daniel Epstein made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Eugene Ormandy. He has been a soloist with several of America’s major orchestras, including the San Francisco, Dallas and Houston Symphonies and many others. As a pianist and as a founding member of the famed Raphael Trio, for the past 33 years, he has performed virtually the entire piano trio repertoire. The Trio appears regularly in New York, London, Vienna, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, as well as numerous other musical centers throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has collaborated with members of the Juilliard and Guarneri quartets as well as with many other distinguished chamber musicians and soloists. He is a member of the piano faculties of the Manhattan School of Music since 2001 and at Rutgers University since 2007. He has recorded for several labels including RCA, Sony and Nonesuch.


Monday, May 19, 2014
9am - Introduction to the Taubman Technique and Single Rotation
10am - "Hands On" sessions
11am - Double Rotation
12 -  Lunch (on your own)
12:30 -2pm - Guest: Daniel Epstein Master Class
Assignment: Practice musical examples from the handout


Tuesday, May 20, 2014
9am - Double Rotation Hands On
10am - In and Out
11am - "Hands On" sessions
12 - Lunch (on your own)
12:30 - 2pm - Jonathan Feldman Master Class

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
9am - The Walking Arm
10am - "Hands On" sessions
11am - Review Rotation and In and Out. Participants play examples
12 - Lunch (on your own)
12:30 - 1:30pm - Technique Clinic. Bring passages from your own repertoire
1:30pm to 2:30pm   Dr. Charles Abramovic “Rhetoric and Drama in Piano Performance”

Thursday, May 22, 2014
9am - Grouping
9:45am - "Hands On" sessions
10:45am - How to introduce a child to the Taubman Technique with traditional and Suzuki repertoire
11:45am Technique Clinic
12:30pm - Lunch
1pm to 2:30pm   Richard Galassini “Translating Touch into Tone”

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
9am - Shaping
9:45am - "Hands On" sessions
10:45am - Applying the Taubman Technique to standard repertoire for children
11:30am - 12:45pm - Master Class
12:45pm Lunch
1:30pm to 2:30pm   Lecture Recital:  Joao Paul Casarotti, Brazilian Piano Music

Saturday, May 24th, 2014
9:30am - Review of the basic concepts presented
11am- Master Class
12:00 to 1pm – Graduation. Participants performance: Play a passage of your choice to demonstrate a particular principle learned.


Session Fees

Optional Fees


Please fill out the Pre-Registration Form now. Space is limited to 24 participants.

Final registration must be completed and payment in full must be received for registration to be final.  There will be a $50 late registration fee for any payments received after April 28, 2014. 


For more information, please direct questions to Maria del Pico Taylor.