First, due to the analytical nature of the Taubman Approach and its ability to break down the elements of a virtuoso technique into distinct categories, Taubman students are able to continuously and systematically develop their independent problem-solving ability with each challenge they encounter. The solution to every passage they solve fits into a larger context of how certain technical elements are applied, and therefore which elements to look for in similar passages, so that the Taubman student is able to create an ever-expanding knowledge bank regarding the specific applications of each technical element to different types of figurations.
John Bloomfield’s lecture on fingering and Mary Moran’s lecture on Albeniz’s Tango in D reflected this aspect of the Taubman work. Each lecture incorporated a number of examples of the specific application of the Taubman skills being discussed. They demonstrated not only how the elements function in each example, but also how the solution was reached and how each example is similar to or different from the others. For student teachers, like myself, this type of discussion not only broadens our understanding of how the technique functions, but also teaches us how to build a context for this knowledge—a skill we can then pass on to our own students.