Saturday, November 5th

Seminar Day

(Note: all times are in Pacific Time Zone)

Marc Steiner

An Introduction to the Taubman Approach

8:30-9:20 AM

John Bloomfield

9:30-10:20 AM

Grouping on More Than One Level 

Grouping helps us understand and internalize patterns. Playing is easier, learning is quicker and memorization more reliable using this tool. Some passages, in addition, profit from organizing groups of notes in more than one way to reveal the full scope of what is happening in the music.



Marc Steiner will hear Sam Doby perform Mozart's Sonata in F major, K533

Elizabeth Swarthout will hear Brennan Flach perform Haydn A-flat Sonata, Hob. XVI/46

Mary Moran

11:30-12:30 PM

Pedagogy Workshop

Mary Moran will give a short talk about pedagogy and then work live with three students and their teachers.

Lunch Break


Robert Durso

2:00-2:50 PM

Chopin's Nocturne, op.72 #1 in E minor

Robert Durso explores the musical and technical challenges of the piece.

This presentation will teach the necessary tools the Taubman Approach offers to overcome the difficulties in this beloved work.

Debbie Poryes

3:00-3:50 PM

Fundamentals for Learning a Jazz Standard

The tune “Body and Soul” is a classic 32-bar jazz standard played and recorded countless times.  Debbie will show some basic ways to learn the tune, give a harmonic and melodic analysis, and suggest some strategies for improvising. 

Breakout Groups


Join each of the six faculty members in smaller groups for an exciting array of learning! There are some pre-planned activities, but mostly these are open Q&A sessions. Bring questions from the day and be ready to try out passages that you want to ask about!

Pre-submit passages and questions to

Elizabeth Swarthout will lead a group focusing on Baroque styling. Feel free to submit questions above.

Debbie Poryes will continue her jazz presentation with opportunities to try out the ideas and discuss them together!

Mary Moran's session will feature a performance of Chopin's Nocturne in F minor Op 55 No 1. She will provide technical and interpretive feedback. This is also the place to ask questions about pedagogy!

Marc Steiner will take questions regarding his introductory lecture as well as any higher level concepts, and questions relating to performing in ensembles.

John Bloomfield will take questions regarding his lecture on grouping, as well as addressing pre-submitted passages and any other questions that come up during the day.

Robert Durso will take questions regarding Chopin Nocturne op 72 no 1, as well as addressing any pre-submitted questions and then will take any questions that came up throughout the day.