THE WELL-BALANCED PIANIST
The Integrated Approach
Dr. Teresa Dybvig, Director

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        From:        July 19 (1:00 pm)
        Through:   July 24 (9:00 pm)
        Special packages:   July 18 (9:00 am through 6:00 pm)

This will be six days of supportive interaction among all of us. For more detailed information about The Well-Balanced Pianist programs, please visit www.WellBalancedPianist.com.

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Each participant will experience:
  1. Four half-hour lessons with Teresa Dybvig or Susan Nowicki
    • You will be partnered with 2 or 3 other students, who will attend your lessons, and, if you choose, your practice.
    • You choose what to work on during your lesson.
    • You are invited (urged even) to attend as many lessons as your concentratation allows, unless the student specifies otherwise.
    • You will have all your lessons with one teacher. We will make every attempt to assign you to the teacher you prefer, but as you can imagine, we cannot guarantee. Don't worry! You will have a good teacher either way!
  2. One 1.5-hour clinic on July 20. When you register, you can choose between Introduction to Basic Movements and Engaging the Palm.
  3. The option to choose four other clinics to be selected at registration. Clinics are based on the tenets of the Taubman Approach to Piano Technique and Aston Patterning. We will introduce these concepts and work with each participant in skill-based clinics, showing partners how to coach one another.
  4. Two small-group sessions in Aston Patterning by Judy Huston.
  5. We encourage you to take advantage of separate private sessions in Aston Patterning, also available from Judy Huston. These sessions would either be movement lessons or massage, and are available at an additional fee of $70 for a one-hour session, payable at check-in. You can arrange this time in advance when you register, or during the week. Space is limited for these sessions.
  6. We invite you to take advantage of separate private sessions in the Feldenkrais Method, available from Bob Schlesinger. These sessions would either be movement lessons or massage, and are available at an additional fee of $70 for a one-hour session, payable at check-in. It's best to arrange this time in advance when you register, although it's possible you may be able to arrange it during the week. Space is limited for these sessions.
  7. Back by popular demand, you have the option to participate in one of four Special Packages on July 18: Bodywork, Private piano instruction, Pianists with dystonia, or a Combination package.
  8. Opening program on performing, including introductory talk by Teresa Dybvig and fun activities, followed by reception!
  9. One class on improving interpretive skills, led by Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki. Please let us know if you would like to play for this class at registration.
  10. One performance class with coaching from Susan Nowicki and Teresa Dybvig. Please let us know at registration if you would like to play for this class.
  11. Daily viewings of The Taubman Techniques lecture videos.
  12. Mealtime discussions about optimal mindset for practice and performance.
  13. One Works-in-Progress recital.
  14. Practice time will be available to everyone.

Clinic choices for Friday, July 20: (Select one at registration.)

Basic movements. For those of you who are new to us, or would like some review. Teresa Dybvig will coach participants in the basic movements for playing the piano based on Dorothy Taubman's approach to piano technique.

Engaging the palm. This clinic is for people who have attended The Well-Balanced Pianist before, or studied with The Well-Balanced Pianist faculty for at least one year. Susan Nowicki will coach you on the crucial role of the palm in playing the piano.

If you are unsure about which is the best July 20 clinic for you, don't worry. Just ask when you register!


Sunday Clinics
We will spend Sunday morning in the foothills of Golden, Colorado, where you will have the choice of participating in two clinics or enjoying the outdoors. In the afternoon we will return to CCU, where you will be able to attend two more clinics of your choice. You will be asked at registration to choose the clinics you would like to participate in. Rides to the area will be available for those without cars.

Clinic 1 Demanding walk in the foothills Daily tasks. Movements we make throughout the day affect our playing and our sense of well-being. Teresa Dybvig will help you execute activities like writing, eating, drinking, and reaching for keys with ease and optimal alignment.
Clinic 2 Undemanding walk at the base of the foothills Teaching children: performance class. Susan Nowicki will help students of local teachers prepare for performance. If you would like your student to work with Susan, please let us know at registration.
Clinic 3 Balance, Contact and Alignment in Motion. In this clinic Judy Huston will help you explore your relationship to gravity -- must it wear you out, or can it help you create alignment and balance? You will develop applications of whole-body movement to playing the piano, and discover how other activities can help create balance and alignment while playing the piano.
Interdependence. Consciously coaching the interdependence of the hands is an enormous and sometimes surprising coordination aid. Teresa Dybvig will coach you in this element from Dorothy Taubman's approach to piano technique.
Clinic 4 Interpretation cues from pulse, meter and rhythm. Teresa Dybvig will discuss how you can take cues from pulse, meter, and rhythm to help music come to life. Excerpts will be provided, and you can also work with your own repertoire.
In and out. In and out movements help us to navigate the black and white keys with our shorter and longer fingers, while remaining in alignment. Susan Nowicki will coach you in this fundamental element of Dorothy Taubman's approach to piano technique.

The Schedule
Check-in will start at 1 pm on Thursday, July 19. The program will open later that day, at 4:00 pm with an orientation meeting. From 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm there will be an opening address, Practicing, by Teresa Dybvig, followed by some fun activities and a reception of light dinner with some 4-hand entertainment provided by Ms. Nowicki and Ms. Dybvig and any others who would like to join in! The following days will begin at 9 am and end approximately at 9 pm.

Special Packages will run from 9 am through 6:30 pm on Wednesday, July 18.

A Sample Day's Schedule:

9:00 - 10:30 am Clinic
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Eight 30-minute lessons, with concurrent showings of The Taubman Techniques videos, two quad sessions in Aston-Patterning, and practice time
12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch, with discussion about practice and performance mindset
2:00 - 4:00 pm Eight 30-minute lessons, with concurrent showings of The Taubman Techniques videos, two quad sessions in Aston-Patterning, and practice time
4:00 - 6:00 pm Eight 30-minute lessons, with concurrent showings of The Taubman Techniques videos, two quad sessions in Aston-Patterning, and practice time
6:00 - 6:45 pm Feldenkrais walking class
7:00 - 9:00 pm Supper


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Note: No previous experience in the Taubman approach or Aston-Patterning is necessary for participation in this program.



Golden, Colorado
Scene from our undemanding walk
to downtown Golden, CO!


Scene from our demanding walk in the
foothills. That's a person at the top!


Relaxing in the lounge


Aston-Patterning specialist Judy Huston
helping people with whole-body movement at the piano


Students enjoying Susan Nowicki's shaping clinic