Brendan Cooney

Brendan Cooney

Brendan Cooney is a pianist, composer and teacher residing in Philadelphia. He began studying the Taubman Approach in 2004 after mangling his hands with a jazz performance degree from Oberlin College. Brendan is the musical director and composer for Not So Silent Cinema, which performs new scores to old silent films. He plays jazz in the Rhinoceri Trio and chamber music in the New River Ensemble. He instructs students in both the Jazz and Classical traditions. 

Level of Certification: Instructor
Taubman Teacher: Robert Durso  
Mentor: Robert Durso
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Triggering Improvisation

When I was invited to contribute something to the new blog on the Golandsky Institute site I thought that it would be a good opportunity to share some ways I have applied a simple principle from the Taubman Approach in my development of ways to teach improvisation and syncopation.

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“Classical and jazz pianists play the same instrument and are governed by the same physiological principles. The physical freedom offered by the Taubman approach is the perfect companion to the creative freedom pursued by improvising jazz pianists.”

Don Glanden, Professor, The University of the Arts