A Taubman and Alexander Approach to Wellness

for Piano Teachers

Three photos: piano teacher helping an student by re-positioning her hand on the piano, closeup of piano keys, and a teacher adjusting the posture of a student

Technical work in piano lessons is usually focused on the piano student, though the physical demands of teaching piano can be challenging. In this workshop, Anna Reiser and Kathy Privatt will share strategies for staying healthy while teaching piano based in the Taubman Approach to piano playing and the Alexander Technique. Participants will learn ways to move optimally during teaching-related tasks, from demonstrating at the piano while standing to typing lesson schedules at the computer. This workshop is open to 16 participants, which will allow everyone the opportunity to practice strategies directly with the instructors.

Monday, August 19, 2019

  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Shattuck Hall, Lawrence Conservatory of Music (#13 on campus map)
  • Fee: $50.00 per person

Registration is closed.


A headshot of a smiling woman with chin-length hair and glasses. She stand in front of green foliage.Anna 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.

“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

A headshot of a smiling women with short, white-blonde hair.Kathy Privatt welcomes the opportunity to apply Alexander Technique to any activity and deeply appreciates the time she consistently spends with musicians. She graduated from Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies with Robin Gilmore and Marsha Paludan and was certified by Alexander Technique International in 2010. An Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, she teaches Alexander Technique Classes at Lawrence University and also offers private lessons.