Encouraging a Natural Hand Shape: Resolving Collapse and Tension in Young Students' Hands so They Can Play Their Best

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“Anna is a superb teacher. She presents the principles of the Taubman Approach in a clear, unambiguous way, she answers questions eagerly and without being doctrinaire, and her entire attitude is so positive and encouraging that anyone working with her cannot help but feel optimistic about their progress.”

- Catherine Kautsky, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music Keyboard Chair






Join Anna Reiser as she shares strategies based in the Taubman Approach to piano playing for encouraging a natural hand shape in your students. Young students often struggle with collapse, particularly in the 5 side of the hand, the main knuckle group, or the base of the palm. Students often address this collapse by bracing or adding tension. At this workshop, you will learn strategies for encouraging a natural and stable structure that do not invite tension into the hand.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

9:30-12:00 pm
Harper Hall, Lawrence Conservatory of Music (#10 on campus map)
Fee: $40.00
Registration closed


head shot of smiling teacher in front of treesAnna Reiser is passionate about helping pianists find technical and musical freedom at their instrument. She trained with Dr. Teresa Dybvig of the Well-Balanced Pianist in the Taubman Approach to piano playing, and she specializes in helping pianists recover from playing-related injuries.

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