Robert Dvorkin

Bringing the mind into the present, focusing on the task at hand, letting go of internal chatter in general and negative thinking in particular, is a technique that I personally use when performing, and I help students to achieve this by encouraging them to meditate. Even if meditation is not something a student wishes to do, approaching piano playing and performing from a perspective of mindfulness can be tremendously helpful. There are many great techniques that can help a performer of any age be calm, centered, and completely involved in the music. Not incidentally, the Taubman Approach lends itself to this beautifully by giving the practicing student objects on which to focus at every step of the way.