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Dr. Teresa Dybvig, Director

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New York 2015
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Weekend program

The weekend program option is designed for you if you are not available on Monday, but would like to attend on Saturday, January 17 (9:30 - 7 pm) and Sunday, January 18 (10 am - 7 pm).

This will be 2 days of supportive interaction among all of us. For more detailed information about The Well-Balanced Pianist programs, please visit

Sample schedule

The weekend program includes:
  1. Two half-hour lessons with Teresa Dybvig or Susan Nowicki
    • Because it's a short program, we will not have partner groups. However, all private lessons will be open for observation. If any of the participants choose to practice together, wonderful!
    • 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.
  2. One private session in the Feldenkrais Method with Sharon Oliensis.
  3. One class on the Feldenkrais Method with Sharon Oliensis.
  4. One Dalcroze class with Dorothea Cook.
  5. Mealtime discussion about mindset for practice and performance.
  6. Your choice of two Saturday clinics. In each clinic, we introduce a concept and work with each participant.
  7. One clinic on fingering on Sunday, led by Susan Nowicki and Teresa Dybvig.
  8. Practice time will be available to everyone.
  9. The opportunity to take extra half-hour piano lessons with Teresa Dybvig or Susan Nowicki ($45) during the weekend. You can let us know at registration if you want to take advantage of this option. You can also choose whether you would like to schedule one extra half-hour lesson or two. Extra lesson times are limited, so requests for one half-hour will be accommodated before second half-hour lessons are scheduled.
  10. The option of participating in a SPECIAL OUTING, dinner at Pita House on Sunday evening. The food is tasty and there are options for every checkbook.

The Schedule
Check-in begins at 9:30 am on Saturday. We will work until 7 pm and enjoy soup and salad dinner afterwards. We will work from 10 am Sunday through 7 pm Sunday, when we hope you will join us to eat at Pita House.

A Sample Saturday Schedule:
9:30 am - 10:30 am Feldenkrais class
10:30 am - 12 noon 2 Clinics - your choice of topics
12 noon - 1:30 pm Lunch, with discussion about practice mindset
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Walk
2:30 - 6:30 pm Piano lessons (with observation) and practice, and private Feldenkrais sessions
7:00 pm Dinner together

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Would you like to read some great reasons to attend The Well-Balanced Pianist? See what past participants have to say.

Note: No previous experience in the Taubman approach or the Feldenkrais Method is necessary for participation in this program.

Students say

"Sharon Oliensis is a masterful and sensitive practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method. I have experienced excellent results working with her, and I'm eager to recommend her to all who wish to improve health and feel more comfortable in body and spirit. Over the years Sharon has significantly improved my pain from scoliosis and injuries. Moreover I have experienced great benefit as a singer. I am more grounded, and the work has promoted greater open-throated ease in breathing. The Method produces natural energy and a feeling of well-being, and I have the warmest praise for Sharon."
— Lulu Hazouri
Singer and Actress, New York City

"Before studying with Teresa Dybvig, I had studied with several prominent teachers of the Taubman Technique for nine years. Although I made some progress, it was not until I started studying with Terry that my technique finally came together... Terry helped me regain my proper posture and hand shape... Terry not only was able to balance my body; her focus is always on musical expression. She has a unique gift of balancing the teaching of technical skills with the expression of music. I am finally beginning to be where I want to be in my piano playing. I am convinced that this is due to Terry's high quality teaching."
— Thomas B. Stuart
Accompanist and Collaborative Pianist

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