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The 2022 Colorado Taubman Approach Workshop

October 15, 2022 @ 8:30 am - October 16, 2022 @ 4:30 pm MDT

Darren Wirth
Brenna Berman
Sonja Toutenhoofd
Ron Stabinsky
Kyle Banker
Barbara Banacos
EAM Board
Barbara, Brenna, and Ron
The cast and crew
Brenna giving a lecture
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Master Classes – Pedagogy clinics – Presentations – Artists Concert – Jazz Clinic – Private Lessons

“Taste of Taubman” for first-timers! “Transcending Tradition” for everyone! “Integration” for intermediate Taubman students!

Many thanks to our generous Donors, Volunteers, and Sponsors of this Workshop!
This happened because of your generosity!


Brandon Berman, Brenna Berman, Brian Berman, Cynthia Betts, Magdalena Cole, Renato Magalhaes de Paula, Michelle Mark, Stefan and Anjali Maus, Maxine Seller, Nancy and Michael Seller, Sonja Toutenhoofd, Stephen Trainor, Anonymous, Anonymous

Workshop Presenters, Performers, and Directors

Brenna Berman

Presenter, EAM Founder and Executive Director

Golandsky Institute Associate Faculty


Barbara Banacos


Golandsky Institute Adjunct Faculty


Ron Stabinsky

Concert Artist, Presenter

Photo credit: Jochen Fleeth

Darren Wirth

Concert Artist, Presenter

Atom Collective

Concert Artists


Sonja Toutenhoofd

Workshop Director

EAM Co-founder, Treasurer

Nancy Seller

Workshop Director

EAM Co-founder, Secretary

Michelle Mark

Workshop Director

EAM Vice-President

Presentation Descriptions

Transcending Tradition – The Joy of Being Wrong

Dorothy Taubman instinctively knew it was important to rethink ideas, whether they were her own or others’ pianistic dogmas passed on through tradition. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant inspires people to rethink their views and shows how rethinking enables greater learning, knowledge and well-being. Brenna Berman will draw parallels between Taubman’s innovative musical solutions and the research that supports such innovations.

Taubman Pedagogy for Kids

Barbara Banacos will share strategies on teaching the Taubman Approach to children and adult beginners. She will also work one-on-one with students of workshop attendees.

Taubman Basics

Brenna Berman will cover the science behind the Taubman basics for alignment and putting the piano key down effortlessly, and will demonstrate how to incorporate these movements into playing. She will also explain simple thinking techniques that make learning easier.

Choreography Integration

Barbara Banacos will present short musical examples that integrate skills of the Taubman Approach. Through the examples, one will gain experience with how elements of the approach work together and the process of how to practice.

Technique clinic for jazz and improvising pianists

Ron Stabinsky will invite participants to the piano to present questions or problems encountered by jazz pianists and improvisers. Solutions will demonstrate the practical application of the basic principles of the Taubman Approach.

What’s with all those bench pads?

Sonja Toutenhoofd will work one-on-one with participants to help them (or their students) get set up properly at the piano. She will address subjects such bench distance, bench height, and healthy alignment of the fingers, hand, forearm, and torso.

The Line of Inspiration

Pianist/composer Darren wirth will present a lecture recital in which he reveals influences from the standard repertoire on his compositions. He will also demonstrate how elements of the Taubman Approach lead to musical expression.

Problem-Solving Session

Participants are encouraged to come to the piano with any questions regarding basic Taubman Approach, problems in their music, as well as any pre-submitted questions. Brenna will work with them one-on-one to find solutions.

Open Discussion Group

Michelle Mark will lead a group discussion for any participants wanting to talk about technique retraining, injury experiences, how to find further resources, and any topics they wish to discuss.


All Saturday presentations, clinics, Master Class, lectures, and concert are included with Registration Fee of $175 ($150 with early bird discount).

Private lessons (45 minutes) with Brenna Berman or Barbara Banacos may be added for $90 more and will take place on Sunday, 1:30-4:30.

All events take place at Center for Musical Arts in Lafayette, Colorado 80026



October 15, 2022 @ 8:30 am MDT
October 16, 2022 @ 4:30 pm MDT
Event Category:


Effortless Artistry Music


Center for Musical Arts
200 E Baseline Rd
Lafayette, CO 80026 United States
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(303) 665-0599
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