participants' anonymous evaluations of The Balanced Pianist
that the program addressed both technical and personal aspects of one's
development as a pianist. The individual attention was
"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."
were very inspiring, informative, and I began to clarify so much about my
[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!"
mealtime mindset discussions were always insightful."
Judy [Aston-Patterning] is a font of knowledge."
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
[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.
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
were marvelous. Terry is wonderfully sensitive to both my mental and physical
met my expectations -- it helped me find my proper alignment so I can play
your incredible attention to detail has rubbed off on me and now I constantly
watch myself and others. Thank you.
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."
grateful to have such an inspiring opportunity to advance my playing, and to
hear the wonderful music the others play."
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.."
the teaching and other activities were terrific."
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!"
are amazing. I can't believe what you can give in five days"
"This was an
inspiring, well-organized workshop. The people were wonderful!"
helped me grow both in helping my mental thoughts become more constructive and
in giving me practical tools to free my hands."
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!"
Terry and Susan, for your superb teaching, and your never-failing kindness and
performance class helped me come to grips with my own
groups are probably the best way to help us learn."
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