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2023 Colorado Taubman Approach Workshop

October 14, 2023 @ 8:00 am - October 15, 2023 @ 5:00 pm MDT

$200 – $225
Technique Clinic
Ron and Barbara
Darren Wirth
Technique Clinic
Atom Collective
Jazz Lesson
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* Concert attendance included for workshop participants.

Want to acquire fantastic new tools for playing, teaching, and overcoming challenges at the keyboard?

Come join us for our bigger and better Colorado Taubman Approach Workshop at the foothills of the Rockies! With two days of presentations, master classes, pedagogy classes, passage-solving clinics, artist concerts, public lessons, and optional private lessons, this workshop will be full of amazing insights and tools. Multiple tracks of presentations will cover Taubman experience levels from newcomer to advanced. This is an amazing value!


  • $225 IN-PERSON attendance, live questions and participation in group classes included (with access to recorded sessions after the workshop)
    NiCHE Event Space, 4571 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304
  • $200 ONLINE attendance, pre-submitted questions only (livestream and access to recorded sessions after the workshop)
  • Students 50% Discount
  • Concert attendance is included for all workshop registrants



Brenna Berman

Presenter, EAM Founder and Executive Director

Golandsky Institute Associate Faculty


Barbara Banacos


Golandsky Institute Adjunct Faculty

Greater Boston


Beth Grace


Golandsky Institute Instructor, Master Level


Ron Stabinsky

Concert Artist, Presenter

Northeastern PA

Photo credit: Jochen Fleeth

Darren Wirth

Concert Artist, Presenter

Atom Collective

Concert Artists

Cordelia Zars

Concert Artist

Sonja Toutenhoofd

Workshop Director
EAM Co-founder, Treasurer

Nancy Seller

Workshop Director
EAM Co-founder, Secretary

Michelle Mark

Workshop Director
EAM Vice-President


Title / Description
The Taubman Approach and Arpeggios

The tools to play even, smooth arpeggios is a skill every pianist should have. Barbara Banacos will walk participants through key components needed for beautiful arpeggios.

Barbara Banacos
Pedagogy Clinic: How to incorporate elements of the Taubman Approach into your teaching

With so much to teach to students, it can be difficult to know how to incorporate elements of technique and what skills to prioritize. Barbara Banacos will share strategies on teaching the Taubman Approach with a focus on beginner and intermediate-level students. She will also work one-on-one with students of workshop attendees.

Barbara Banacos
Getting to Know the Taubman Approach

The Taubman Approach has positively influenced countless pianists worldwide. Join Elizabeth Grace as she discusses the foundational elements of this amazing problem-solving approach to piano playing. Through musical examples, she will demonstrate accessible strategies to implement key principles and open the door to playing with freedom.

Beth Grace
Octaves without Obstacles

Playing octaves with ease is an essential skill for every pianist, but unwanted and unnecessary obstacles can often arise. In this lecture, Elizabeth Grace will discuss practical guidelines to playing octaves with freedom. She will also address the vital stepping stones to teaching octaves to students of all ages and levels. Join us and say goodbye to awkward octaves!

Beth Grace
Optimizing Taubman Learning and Practice – Part 1
Working memory and Procedural memory

Learning to play the piano is very good for the brain because we use so many parts of the brain at different stages of learning the piano and at different stages of learning each piece. Gaining a better understanding of 2 main types of memory: working memory (holding things in mind with focus) and procedural memory (“muscle memory”) can help us know how and when to harness the strengths of each type, from learning to play one note, to performing on the Carnegie stage.

Brenna Berman
Optimizing Taubman Learning and Practice – Part 2
The master checklists for technical and musical solutions

Many students struggle with efficient learning knowing what to do next, especially in the middle stages of learning each piece. Technical checklists that are passage and context-specific can shorten the length of time between problems and their solutions. Brenna will cover checklists in contexts such as passagework, octaves, leaps, alternating single notes and intervals, among others.

Brenna Berman
Advanced Choreography: Patterns

We all have a strong instinct to detect and recognize patterns. This can be beneficial in piano playing, as music is full of patterns and repetition, but often we have to use different techniques to play similar passages. Darren Wirth will show how the Taubman Approach can be used to analyze and solve these types of pattern passages and aid us in quicker learning and memorization.

Darren Wirth
Master Class
Brenna Berman and Beth Grace
Open Lessons and Free Participation
Brenna Berman, Barbara Banacos, Beth Grace
Taubman in the Jazz Setting

Ron will work with individuals in front of a class to solve pianistically jazz contexts using Taubman tools.

Ron Stabinsky
Support Group

This group will connect participants going through similar experiences and is geared towards attendees who are new to the Taubman Approach, currently retraining their technique, or are recovering from an injury. The session offers a safe place to get questions answered about the retraining method, or simply express their feelings about the process in general.

Michelle Mark


To assist with your stay, we have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express Longmont. Since it is also Parent/Family weekend at CU Boulder, rooms are going quickly.

This is the closest best priced hotel. It is a 16-minute drive from the Niche Event Space. In order to secure the reservations we have paid in full to reserve any available rooms. If you would like to stay at the Holiday Inn Express Longmont, contact them by phone at 303-684-0404 or email them at lcohiexpress@yahoo.com and have them change the credit card they have on file to your own. It is reserved under Nancy Seller, confirmation 88229383. The cost for Friday and Saturday are $250. each night plus tax and Sunday night is $130. plus tax.

We also recommend securing your rental car if needed. Carpooling with other attendees may be possible.

Feel free to also look for other options on AirBnb, VRBO, etc. that are available. If you would like any help with finding accommodations or have any other questions please feel free to contact us.


October 14, 2023 at 6:30 PM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in F Major K. 332
Enrique Granados: Allegro de concierto, Op. 46

Darren Wirth, piano

Cordelia Zars/Alex Walker: “Going Down” from We’re Still Here

Cordelia Zars, piano

Free Improvisation

Ron Stabinsky, piano

Jazz Standards

The Atom Collective

Concert tickets: $15, included for workshop registrants


October 14, 2023 @ 8:00 am MDT
October 15, 2023 @ 5:00 pm MDT
$200 – $225
Event Category:


Effortless Artistry Music


The NiCHE Event Space
4571 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304 United States
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(720) 295-8893