Dorothy Taubman, founder of the Taubman Institute and teacher to innumerable pianists, died this morning at the age of 94, her students report.
Aside from teaching piano, she specialised in remedial work, helping pianists to recover from injury and helping physicians to address the causes of repetitive strain injury. ’Blaming the instrument,’ she once said, ‘is like saying that writer’s cramp is caused by the pencil.’
May she rest in peace.
Nina Tichman writes: The greatest tribute to Mrs. Taubman (I could never bring myself to call her Dorothy, as many of her students did) is first of all that pianists and musicians in general are so very much more aware of good usage at the instrument – I consider this a direct result of her untiring campaign to educate us all! Another overwhelming gift for those of us intuitive performers who studied with her was that we learned how to THINK about how to physically play, to UNDERSTAND how to solve problems – after this it was a logical step that most of us became fanatically dedicated teachers.
Beth Levin writes: Dorothy Taubman was a life changing teacher. I came to her after Rudolf Serkin and Leonard Shure and found her musicianship as revolutionary as it was refined. I don’t think I ever learned so much as in that hour or two once a week at her apartment on 8th Avenue in Brooklyn..
She taught about the piano but she taught about art, life, love – the real stuff of making music.
I have a recording that came out yesterday of the final three Beethoven sonatas. Dorothy’s teaching is infused in every phrase I’m sure.
Here is the funeral information:
Friday at 11:00
Gramercy Park Memorial Chapel
353 Second Ave
NY, NY 10010