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John Bloomfield

Senior Director, Golandsky Institute

John Bloomfield is a co-founder and a Senior Director of the Golandsky Institute, as well as serving as its faculty chairman. In demand as a teacher and clinician, he maintains a private studio in New York City and travels frequently to lecture, consult, and give lessons, most recently in Australia.


Mary Moran

Senior Director, Golandsky Institute

Mary Moran is a co-founder and a Senior Director of the Golandsky Institute. Widely recognized as a teacher of the Taubman Approach and for her work in children’s pedagogy, she has a private studio in Albany, New York and mentors teachers in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Canada. She is the author of “Basic Alignment & Rotation – Beginning Lessons in the Taubman Approach”.


Bob Durso

Senior Director, Golandsky Institute

Bob Durso is a co-founder, master teacher, and senior director of the Golandsky Institute. He has worked with Edna Golandsky and Dorothy Taubman since 1983 and was a faculty member of the former Taubman Institute. Specializing in audition and competition preparation, Mr. Durso teaches in Philadelphia and New York City.



Elizabeth Swarthout

Faculty, Golandsky Institute

Elizabeth Swarthout has studied the Taubman Approach since 1985. She serves as the founder and former director of the Golandsky Institute Berkeley Seminar. She teaches in Richmond and Davis, California; Granada, Spain; as well as online.


Marc Steiner

Teacher and Performer

Marc Steiner has over thirty years experience with the Taubman Approach. He regularly gives lectures and master classes on the Taubman work and is a former faculty member of the Taubman and Golandsky Institutes.  He performs as pianist with Sierra Ensemble and maintains private teaching studios in the East Bay and Los Angeles areas.



Debbie Poryes

Jazz Pianist and Teacher

Born in Santa Monica, California, Debbie found herself at the piano when she was five, practicing everything from Chopin to show tunes. Playing led to fascination with music theory and structure, then jazz standards, composing, and improvising. Hearing Monk and Miles as a teenager, she fell in love with their music and decided to become a jazz pianist.