participants' anonymous evaluations of The Well-Balanced Pianist
"The program far exceeded my
expectations! I was glad to find the quality of musicianship presented here as
well as the very loving, caring, and honest instruction in the way of movement,
mindset, and all aspects of piano playing."
"I really enjoyed the
intensity and attitude of the program. I wasn't expecting to enjoy the program
so much or for it to affect my life, and attitude on life, so
"I make more progress toward
playing well in this one week than I do in six months at home."
"I enjoyed the mastery with
which Terry [Teresa Dybvig] taught."
"Susan is a joy in
[Aston-Patterning Practitioner Judy Huston, that is]
"My session with Joe
[bodywork expert Joe Stoller] was life-altering."
"I've never had so much fun
and understanding in a piano lesson before!! And the format was really helpful.
I enjoyed the reinforcement of the techniques seen in the other group members'
"The opening talk
[Learning, by Teresa Dybvig] was outstanding! Fantastic! Set the stage
for the week beautifully."
"Bodywork was excellent -
good to have a one-on-one session built into the schedule."
"The opening talk was
excellent - very informative and practical."
"I learned a lot from
working with my partners. We share universal issues."
"Every area of my life is
better from just this one week, and seems more interconnected. I feel a lot
more comfortable with myself. This program really helped me be okay with the
fact that I don't know everything, and that's okay! I think I'll have a
lot less of an imposter complex in grad school as a result of this program and
all the discussions with instructors and other participants."
"I improved in all areas --
MINDSET, memorization, scales, dynamics, being a good person."
discussions were a good break from routine practice - gets one thinking about
overarching music/performance issues."
"Wow, I experienced growth
in many areas this week. I especially appreciated the integration of the
"well-balanced" conept to hands, body, mindset, relationships,
"The memory project really
surprised me. I could learn a lot of music (and really learn it) in a short
amount of time. This also encouraged me to accept where I am in my journey to
knowledge in all areas."
"The 'strong start'
performance class was well done - a good experience, and made
The "strong start"
performance script was a technique I had never used before! Apart from using it
in a performance setting, I think it will be extremely useful in speaking
experiences where I don't feel at ease."
"The memory project made me
use different 'muscles'."
"I learned so much from
watching my partners' lessons."
"Only the performance script
made it possible for me to play as well as I did on the works-in-progress
"The memory project was fun
and very informative."
"I particularly enjoyed the
performance practice clinic."
"The memory project was
interesting and fascinating. I enjoyed it even though it was a bit
"Bodywork gave me helpful
tips for general health."
"The Scales clinic was
great. Helpful. Great to break it into two sessions."
"I very much like the
attention to one aspect of technique we get in the clinics."
"The 100% participation is
an important aspect of all the clinics."
"Mindset discussions were
very interesting and helpful."
"Mindset discussions were
"The Basic Movements clinic
was helpful in learning this approach to the piano."
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