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The Balanced Pianist 2008

Students from 2 countries and 13 states attended The Balanced Pianist 2008 programs in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania! This page includes summaries and pictures of these fun and rich events.

The Balanced Pianist presented three intensive programs in the summer and autumn of 2008 to improve practice, performance, and teaching skills, through integrated focus on piano technique, musicianship, bodywork/movement, positive mindset, and learning styles, in a supportive, interactive environment.

The following pictures show some of our activities at The Balanced Pianist 2008. To the left you can see some comments from participants.

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From the participants' anonymous evaluations of The Balanced Pianist 2008

"I loved that the program addressed both technical and personal aspects of one's development as a pianist. The individual attention was phenomenal."

"It is a wonderfully supportive atmosphere -- I was pleased to experience the different kinds of musicians -- from conservatory products, graduate students in music, plus the people like me with relatively little formal training."

"The lessons were very inspiring, informative, and I began to clarify so much about my playing."

"The clinics [healthy computer use, blocking, shaping, the torso in piano playing, teaching children] were great, but I wish they would not have all been on the same day so I could have gone to more of them!"

"The mealtime mindset discussions were always insightful."

"As always, Judy [Aston-Patterning] is a font of knowledge."

"The presentation of the opening talk and exercises was excellent. I think people took it to heart, as some incredible changes were evidenced by the end of the week."

"Yes, [the program met my expectationsI, I had hoped for a while to find a smaller, less "glitzy" program that would cater to my specific needs as a person struggling with physical and mental challenges at the piano.

"I wasn't made to feel like I was "serving" the program... I loved the high-level social interconnectedness this program fostered and encouraged with every participant. I loved seeing everyone grow so much in a concentrated time span."

"Lessons were marvelous. Terry is wonderfully sensitive to both my mental and physical journeys."

"The program met my expectations -- it helped me find my proper alignment so I can play without pain."

"Terry -- your incredible attention to detail has rubbed off on me and now I constantly watch myself and others. Thank you.

"Susan -- thank you for your patience. You truly are the best teacher I have ever had. Just being able to watch your hands is an honor. I have learned so much from you. I hope you realize how much you have done for me."

"I'm grateful to have such an inspiring opportunity to advance my playing, and to hear the wonderful music the others play."

"The program absolutely met my expectations. I wanted to hear other pianists as they received their lessons, thus supplementing my own. Clinics were also very rewarding as they focused on specific topics."

"I feel like I've become much more aware of my body. I have so much information -- I can't wait to see how I feel in a month after these things have had a chance to 'sink in' in my practicing.."

"As usual, the teaching and other activities were terrific."

"The mealtime mindset discussions were helpful for identifying and be able to relate to other people's perfectionism."

"This was a very helpful experience. See you next year I hope!"

"You both are amazing. I can't believe what you can give in five days"

"This was an inspiring, well-organized workshop. The people were wonderful!"

"The program helped me grow both in helping my mental thoughts become more constructive and in giving me practical tools to free my hands."

" Judy, Susan, and Terry -- Thank you so much. I can't say more or I'll start to cry (again!) and my tissue supply is running low. Also I'm on the plane and I'm afraid the man next to me will ring for the attendant!"

"Thank you, Terry and Susan, for your superb teaching, and your never-failing kindness and support."

"The evening performance class helped me come to grips with my own anxieties."

"The partner groups are probably the best way to help us learn."

Visit this page to read more commentary of all types -- signed, unsigned, and even poetic!

Colorado Christian University Music Center
The Balanced Pianist Colorado 2008 ran from July 10 through 15, at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado. The Balanced Pianist Wisconsin 2008 ran from July 25 through July 30, at Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and The Balanced Pianist Pennsylvania 2008 ran from October 11 through 13. Altogether, pianists from 13 states and 2 countries attended The Balanced Pianist in 2008. Both programs had a few special events, lessons, bodywork training, work in partner groups, and special walks for the ambitious.

Both programs started with an opening address by Teresa Dybvig, "Making Changes."

As part of our opening exercises, the participants worked together to create lists of things that made it possible to make changes.

Instructor and Director Teresa Dybvig called discussions to order with a little bell.

Susan Nowicki working with one student in a partner group

Susan Nowicki demonstrates for another student in the group

Teresa Dybvig conducted the blocking clinics

This group had very serious mindset discussions

We read our process poems at our last night's party

Alexander instructor Diane Foust and piano instructor Susan Nowicki in unplanned outfits at the opening festivities in Wisconsin

Judy Huston conducted Aston-Patterning sessions in Colorado

Mayflies were our companions in Wisconsin

Teresa Dybvig worked with students in the open forum group classs

Aston-Patterning Instructor Judy Huston (in aqua) conducting a session in teaching ourselves in new ways in Colorado

He had the best shirt

Piano insructors Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki played duets at the opening night's reception

The intrepid took the demanding walk in Colorado

Working on in and out in Pennsylvania

Susan Nowicki teaching in Pennsylvania

Alexander Technique instructor Ariel Weiss Holyst helping students move their shoulder blades in Pennsylvania

Beautiful views from the riverboat in Wisconsin

And fantastic views from our walk on the bluffs

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