Piano Teaching

Piano Teaching

Brendan Cooney, piano teacher
I have been teaching piano lessons for over 15 years. My students are both young people and adults, beginners and advanced. I work with students in developing long term goals to structure our lesson time. Thus each student’s work with me varies depending on their goals and interests. I have an extensive background in classical and jazz piano and am able to work with students toward a wide variety of goals. I will often incorporate a good deal of theory and ear training into lessons.

My teaching is greatly informed by my 13 years of study with Robert Durso, a leading practitioner in the Taubman Approach to Coordinate Technique. I came to the Taubman Approach after developing a rather crippling case of tendonitis upon graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. The Taubman work, named after Dorothy Taubman, develops a science of body movement that allows pianists to play virtuosically without pain. After yeas of retraining with Robert Durso I found that not only could I play without pain, but that I had achieved a level of technical fluency that far surpassed my former abilities, opening up vast new aspects of the piano to me. I am now a licensed teacher of the Taubman Approach.

This influences my piano teaching in many ways. See my piano teaching website for more information: Piano Lessons