Co-Founders and Co-Directors Testimonials



Maria del Pico Taylor

Maria del Pico Taylor
Professor of Piano, Temple University

I will never forget the first time I met Dorothy Taubman at the Institute for Man and Science in Rensselaerville, New York. It was the first public Taubman Institute of Piano in her career. The year was 1976.

When she came on the stage, the first thing she said was: “In most fields of knowledge, we are very advanced, but in the field of piano technique we still feel that we have it or we don’t have it. If we have it, this is wonderful; if we don’t have it, there is not much we can do about it. For the next two weeks, I am going to show you that this really is a fallacy because piano technique is a science. Learning to move using correct coordinations at the keyboard will help you to become the best pianist you could possibly be.”

Listening to that statement caught my attention, but I listened skeptically like a lot of other people in the room. However, I thought I would listen and give it a try. All I can say is, that after two weeks of hearing this absolutely marvelous woman presenting the concepts and principles she had discovered over many years, I was completely hooked. I concluded that I had never seen this kind of piano teaching anywhere, even though I had received a lot of very excellent training.

I have to say that just going to the first Institute changed my life, my teaching, my playing. I started to study with her shortly after and, even now, I am still learning from her endless discoveries. I will forever be grateful to Dorothy Taubman for the tremendous richness she brought to my musical career, and also to me as a person. She is a wonderful human being and I love her dearly.


 

Sondra Tammam

Sondra Tammam
Co-Founder and Co-Director

I had heard the name Dorothy Taubman as a young student at Manhattan School of Music and again at The Juilliard. Mrs. Taubman’s name circulated in the practice rooms...There was something special about what she had to offer- but it was also a “new” concept… one that had to do with sound and playing with ease.

In 1979, I was fortunate enough to have an introduction to meet Dorothy through her brother in law, Joe Taubman, an entertainment attorney. The timing was uncanny. My debuts in New York, London, Amsterdam and Berlin sponsored by the Paderewski Foundation were just a few months ahead. She was so encouraging.

The rest is history. With Mrs. Taubman’s innovative ideas on technique, sound and interpretation, my career as a pianist has taken on a new dimension. There are answers to problems when working with students and coaching concert artists as well. A day does not go by when practicing, teaching, performing or even listening to music, I find myself thinking about some facet of the ever evolving circle of concepts that are rooted in Dorothy’s approach.

Dorothy Taubman is an inspiration to those whose lives she has touched and will continue to influence pianists for generations to come. Her intense passion for research in an era that upheld hearsay tradition truly makes her a maverick. Her commitment to searching for answers and helping others has been selfless.

Mrs. Taubman… thank you for an extraordinary eye for hands on the keyboard and an ear that does not miss a nuance! I admire you more than you will ever know.

 

Testimonials To Dorothy Taubman


Angelin Chang

"The gifts of healing and artistry that you have so generously shared will always be guiding lights in my teaching and performance."

Angelin Chang
Grammy Award Winner




Michael Gurt

"While the work of Dorothy Taubman has become well-known in recent years, it has sometimes been misinterpreted and misunderstood. This seminar provides an opportunity for teachers and performers to become better acquainted with Mrs. Taubman’s methods. The faculty members, all former Taubman students, have devoted many years to the study and dissemination of her ideas. Participation in the seminar has been not only informative, but a pleasure and a privilege as well."

Michael Gurt
Paul Garvey Manship Distinguished Professor of Piano, Louisiana State University



Daniel Epstein

"One of the highlights of my year is the annual Taubman Seminar at Temle University. I eagerly look forward to engaging with a wonderfully talened group of piano students. There is always lively and stimulating discussion with students, teachers and other Seminar faculty members. The Taubman Seminar serves an invaluable service in propagating and furthering the work of Dorothy Taubman, one of the most revolutionary piano pedagogues of all time."

Daniel Epstein
Professor of Piano, Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers University



Joseph Gurt

"We really can’t thank you enough for what you did for us pianistically and musically, making it possible for us to succeed in our field."

Joseph Gurt
Professor Emeritus, Eastern Michigan University





Father Paul Maillet

"She has given me new life as a pianist through her groundbreaking discoveries in the beautiful world of bodily coordination in “delicious” motion at the keyboard."

Father Paul Maillet
Co-Founder of The Dorothy Taubman Seminar and Concert Artist




Shulamit Ran

"Taubman’s approach brings the music to life in the most glowing colors, yet always emanating on the deepest level from the structure of the music itself."

Shulamit Ran
Pulitzer Prize Composer/Pianist




Nina Scolnik

"You, Mrs. Taubman have altered the world around you, and indeed, made your imprint on the face of this globe."

Nina Scolnik
Professor of Piano, University of California Irvine




Robert Shannon

"Besides the invaluable technical advice she imparted, Dorothy also gave us an attitude towards music-making, and yes, life itself."

Robert Shannon
Professor of Piano, Oberlin College




Nina Tichman

"A straightforward yet subtle approach to piano technique that provides all of the instrumental tools the pianist needs to express his or her artistic vision. Knowing her and working with her changed forever the way I look at a piece of music."

Nina Tichman
Recording Artist




David Witten

"Your guidance and keyboard approach has made everything about my playing so much more direct and beautiful."

David Witten
Professor of Piano and Head of Piano Department
Montclair State University



"It isn't always easy being the inventor and founder of something new, for the world doesn’t always say, “Ah, this is what we are looking for.” But when it’s right, there is nothing anyone can do to stop it. You are the one and only one."

Bob Kay
Music Manager Executive