OBITUARY

Dorothy Taubman

August 16, 1917April 3, 2013

TAUBMAN--Dorothy, died April 3, 2013. Beloved mother of Mark (Lois). Adored grandmother of Janice. Creator of the Taubman Techniques and Founder and Artistic Director of the Taubman Institute. Funeral will be held on Friday, April 5th, 11am at the Gramercy Park Memorial Chapel, 353 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Services

  • Graveside Service Friday, April 5, 2013
REMEMBERING

Dorothy Taubman

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Melanie [Braun] Richards

April 19, 2013

The approach that Dorothy Taubman evolved healed my injury and gave me a way into playing on a much higher level technically. She was an inspiration to all, and I know that Edna will carry on the work excellently.

Barbara Yawnick Gray

April 8, 2013

Dorothy and her husband, Harry, lived across the hall from my family on E. 22nd St., in Brooklyn during the 1940's. As a very young child, I would spend hours sitting in Dorothy's living room listening to her give piano lessons. I grew up knowing the Tabuman's and Dorothy's mother, whom we called "Mom Bergman". At the age of 5, Dorothy agreed that I was ready for piano lessons - but had to learn the basics with one of her students. After a year, I was ready to begin lessons with Dorothy. Even after we moved from Brooklyn to Flushing, my mother would drive me to Dorothy's house for lessons every Monday after school. Dorothy wanted me to become a concert pianist - her dream for all of her students. I went on to study at the High School of Music and Art and then study music education. She was just beginning to develop her piano techniques when I was a child. Even at that time, her technical suggestions made a huge difference in the way I approached piano playing. As a piano teacher later in life, I always taught my students the "Taubman Technique" that she had taught me. Although I hadn't seen her for many years, she al;ways remained an important force in my life and in the way I approached music. I'm truly saddened by her loss.
Barbara Yawnick Gray

April 6, 2013

Dorothy Taubman was my mentor and inspiration for nearly 50 years.Her genius for interpretation of music as well as solving pianistic technical problems problems was unsurpassed. Her passing is a great loss to the world of pianists. Ruth Nodiff

Greg Dempster

April 5, 2013

Dorothy Taubman's discovery of coordinate motion was one of the 100 greatest inventions of the last century. As groundbreaking as it was controversial, her technical model has been corroborated both in the clinic and the laboratory repeatedly and has helped countless people recover from their injuries far beyond the narrow confines of piano playing. No other musical figure has yet produced such a singularly insightful, far-reaching or profound body of technique, or had such an impact.

And what she did for musicians was dazzling. Mrs. Taubman let pianists out of their dark cages, and we are all left standing, half-blinded by the sunlight, wondering what to do next. She was an adventurous mind in the very best sense of the word, and much of what she produced was made out of love. I'm so glad she was here.

Ernest Urvater

April 5, 2013

It is with great sadness that I learned today of Dorothy's death. I knew Dorothy for many years prior to making Choreography of the Hands, my first documentary film, which was released in 1985. In those early years I remember fondly the monthly recital evenings in her Brooklyn apartment, where talented and devoted students from New York's best music schools performed for one another. These were students who would sneak off, often on the sly, from their regular piano teachers at the conservatories, to get technical help from Dorothy. Years later, her two-week workshops at Amherst College were the highlight of each summer for me. The pianism on display there was wondrous to experience. Although she is justly famous for the creation of an extensive set of techniques enabling pianists to master the most difficult keyboard works, her ability to merge the technical with the interpretive is her most remarkable legacy. She leaves behind a towering body of work which will continue to inform the world of piano pedagogy into the distant future.

nina deutsch

April 4, 2013

Dorothy Taubman was a genius of piano technique and was devoted to her students, She was knowledgeable not only about music but also areas of medicine and medical tests which could be damaging to pianists. I was privileged to have studied with her for four years and later on taught many children to play the piano with the Taubman touch-play technique,

May her soul rest in eternal peace.