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Please note that no previous experience in the Taubman approach, Alexander Technique, Aston-Patterning, Feldenkrais, and/or Yoga is required for any Well-Balanced Pianist program.

Are you wondering if The Well-Balanced Pianist is for you? You can read participant testimonials, read testimonials from pianists with dystonia, and see what past participants have to say.

Retrospectives
Video: Watch The Well-Balanced Pianist faculty and participants on video!


In writing:
You can read poems participants of the Summer 2008 programs wrote about their experience at The Balanced Pianist, poems and song lyrics from The Well-Balanced Pianist Colorado 2010, more poems and song lyrics from The Well-Balanced Pianist Colorado 2012, and anonymous evaluations of The Well-Balanced Pianist programs.

Online Scrapbooks:

Scrapbook 2015
Scrapbook 2014
Scrapbook 2013
Scrapbook 2012
Scrapbook 2011
Scrapbook 2010
Scrapbook 2009
Scrapbook 2008
Scrapbook 2007
Scrapbook 2006

2016

  • July: The Well-Balanced Pianist Colorado, our biggest Learning Festival, returned to Lakewood, CO from July 20 - 26. The main program took place from July 21 - 26, with Special Packages where participants received extra attention (back by popular demand!) on July 20. It was a week of happy, intensive, and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, Aston-Patterning specialist Judy Huston, and Feldenkrais specialist Sharon Oliensis.
  • April: Director and Piano Instructor Teresa Dybvig performed piano trios by Mozart and Schubert with the Amicizia Trio on the Greater Port Jefferson Arts Council Triad Series in Stony Brook, NY, on April 3 at 3 pm.
  • March: Director and Piano Instructor Teresa Dybvig performed piano trios by Mozart, Schubert, and Shostakovich with the Amicizia Trio at the Sachem Public Library in Holtsville, NY on March 6 at 2 pm.
  • February: Director and Piano Instructor Teresa Dybvig performed piano trios by Mozart and Shostakovich with the Amicizia Trio on the Shigeru Concert Series at Frank and Camille's in Melville, NY, February 28 at 5 pm.
  • February: Director and Piano Instructor Teresa Dybvig performed piano trios by Mozart, Schubert, and Shostakovich with the Amicizia Trio at the North Shore Public Library in Shoreham, NY on February 7 at 2 pm.

2015

  • October: Over Columbus Day Weekend, we were back at the home of Susan Nowicki in Wyndmoor, PA for The Well-Balanced Pianist Pennsylvania 2015. This was a 3-day program of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, and Alexander Instructor Ariel Weiss. Lessons! Clinics! Discussions on practicing and teaching! Duets! It was a great weekend.
  • April: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed music of David Ludwig and Jan Krzywicki on two Network for New Music Concerts: April 19 at 3 pm in Gould Hall at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and April 20 at 5 pm in Marshall Auditorium at Haverford College.
  • April: Director and Piano Instructor Teresa Dybvig performed music of Debussy, Janacek, and Beethoven on the Grace Notes Concert Series at Bellport United Methodist Church on April 12, 2:30 pm, 185 South Country Road in Bellport, New York.
  • March: Director and Piano Instructor Teresa Dybvig presented "Setting the Stage for Mental and Physical Freedom in Performance" for members and prospective members of the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation on March 6 at the Selden branch of the Middle Country Library in Selden, New York.
  • February: Director and Piano Instructor Teresa Dybvig played a recital of Debussy and Beethoven at the Shigeru Concert Series at Frank and Camille's in Melville, New York, February 15 at 4 pm.
  • January: The Well-Balanced Pianist New York returned to Long Island from January 17 - 19, Martin Luther King Day Weekend. This session focused on technique, with ten classes and clinics and 40+ private lessons, meals, mindset discussions, and more! The three days of supportive, intensive, and interactive work were truly extraordinary -- with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, Feldenkrais specialist Sharon Oliensis, and Dalcroze instructor Dorothea Cook, and a great group of engaged participants.

2014

  • October-November: Check out Director Teresa Dybvig's blog about preparing for an upcoming performance on pianopedagogy.org!
  • July: The Well-Balanced Pianist Colorado, our biggest Learning Festival, returned to Lakewood, CO from July 23 - 29. The main program took place from July 24 - 29, with Special Packages where participants received extra attention (back by popular demand!) on July 23. It was a week of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, Aston-Patterning specialist Judy Huston, and Bodywork/Qigong specialist Joe Stoller.

2013

  • October: Director and Piano Instructor Teresa Dybvig presented "Integrating Wellness into our Studio Teaching" at the NY MTA conference in Albany, NY. Drawing from research about learning, the Taubman Approach to Piano Technique, Yoga, Feldenkrais, Alexander, and performance coaches, she shared easily incorporated ideas about diet, exercise, posture, movement at our instruments, and mindset.
  • October: We were back at the home of Susan Nowicki in Wyndmoor, PA for The Well-Balanced Pianist Pennsylvania 2013. This was be a 3-day program of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, and Alexander Instructor Ariel Weiss. Back by popular demand, O Passo instructor Thomas Mullaney will give us two classes to help us feel the beat in our bodies, and also offered private sessions to those who would like to work on their rhythmic challenges.
  • January: We met at the home of Teresa Dybvig in Stony Brook, NY for The Well-Balanced Pianist New York 2013. This was a 3-day program of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, and Feldenkrais specialist Sharon Oliensis. For the first time, we were able to include private bodywork sessions with Sharon as part of the program, and they were greatly appreciated!

2012

  • July: The Well-Balanced Pianist Colorado, our biggest Learning Festival, returned to Lakewood, CO from July 18 - 24. The main program took place from July 19 - 24, with special packages where participants received extra attention (back by popular demand!) on July 18. It was a week of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, Aston-Patterning specialist Judy Huston, and Feldenkrais specialist Bob Schlesinger.
  • April: Clavier Companion featuredThe Well-Balanced Pianist Director and Piano Instructor Teresa Dybvig in a Q&A on April 17. To read the interview, just go to Clavier Companion's Facebook site, scroll down to where you see, "We are thrilled to have Teresa Dybvig...," and click on "View all comments."

2011

  • October: We were back at the home of Susan Nowicki in Wyndmoor, PA for The Well-Balanced Pianist Pennsylvania 2011. This was a 3-day program of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, and Alexander Instructor Ariel Weiss. This year, O Passo instructor Thomas Mullaney gave us a fantastic class, helping us to feel pulse and meter in our bodies.
  • July: Director and piano Instructor Teresa Dybvig spoke about her work with pianists with dystonia at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy Pre-Conference on Wellness on July 27. It was an interesting session.
  • February: Our Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed Bright Sheng's "3 Fantasies" with violinist Hirono Oka, and in Chou Wen-Chung's "Ode to Eternal Pine" for chamber ensemble on the Network for New Music's Trade Winds from China program. The Philadelphia concert will take place at Settlement Music School at 7:30 pm on Sunday, February 13. Other concerts will take place on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm at Marshall Auditorium, Haverford College, and Friday, February 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm at Gates Recital Hall, West Chester University.
  • January: Director and Piano Instructor Teresa Dybvig spoke to the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation about teaching students to play Classical music well on January 5, the first meeting of 2011.

2010

  • October: The Well-Balanced Pianist Pennsylvania 2010 was a 3-day program of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, and Alexander Instructor Ariel Weiss. The program will run from October 9 through 11 at the home of Susan Nowicki in Wyndmoor, PA. As usual, the participants made the program a success!
  • September: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki played a recital with cellist Shantha Deshpande to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The recital took place at Westminster Conservatory on September 25, 2010, at 1 pm.
  • July: In Cooperation with Colorado Christian University, The Well-Balanced Pianist Colorado 2010 was a 6-day program of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, Aston-Patterning specialist Judy Huston, and Feldenkrais specialist Gil Kelly. The program ran from July 22 through 27 in Lakewood, Colorado, near Denver. This year for the first time, we had three special packages on July 21: one for private lessons, one for bodywork, and one for musicians with dystonia. We were all happy with the results -- those of us on the faculty enjoyed the extra relaxed time with those who took advantage of the opportunity, and the participants all flourished from the extra attention.
  • April: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed in Stephen Jaffe's Light Dances (Chamber Concerto no. 2) in the Network for New Music concert at 8 pm on April 9 at the Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. More information at http://networkfornewmusic.org/silentpartners.

2009

  • October: The Well-Balanced Pianist Pennsylvania 2009 was a 3-day program of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, and Alexander Instructor Ariel Weiss. The program ran from October 10 through 12 at the home of Susan Nowicki in Wyndmoor, PA.
  • July: In Cooperation with Colorado Christian University, The Well-Balanced Pianist Colorado 2009 was a 6-day program of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, Aston-Patterning specialist Judy Huston, and Feldenkrais specialist Gil Kelly. The program ran from July 23 through 28 in Lakewood, Colorado, near Denver.
  • June: Director Teresa Dybvig performed Brahms Waltzes with Yiyi Ku on her recital at Wading River Congregational Church on June 21 at 4 pm. The church is located at 2057 North Country Road in Wading River, NY.
  • February: Director and Instructors Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki performed solo and ensemble music in a gala program to celebrate the new piano at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lakewood, Colorado, at 3 pm on Sunday, February 8. The church is located at 9200 West 10th Avenue. Admission free.
  • February: Director and Instructors Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki presented a program on healthy movement and performance mindset from 3 - 6 pm on Friday, February 6 in C-199 (Chamber Hall) of the Imig Music Building at University of Colorado. The program is sponsored by the CU Piano Department, CU Jazz Piano Department, and Boulder Area Music Teacher's Association (BAMTA), with the CU chapter of MTNA as host. The public is invited.

2008

  • December: Our piano instructor Susan Nowicki accompanied songs, arias and ensembles of Handel, Rossini, and Richard Strauss with vocalists from the Curtis Opera and Voice Department, at 3 pm on December 14. in Field Concert Hall at 1726 Locust Street in Philadelphia.
  • November: The Well-Balanced Pianist Director Teresa Dybvig presented "The Middle Place," thoughts about living, learning, and how to play the piano, to the Association of Piano Teachers Long Island on November 19, at 10 am, at the Garden Center Community Church in Garden City, New York. Free to first-time non-members, $5 for returning non-members.
  • October: The Balanced Pianist Pennsylvania 2008 was a 3-day program of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, and Alexander Instructor Ariel Weiss. The program ran from October 11 through 13 at the home of Susan Nowicki in Wyndmoor, PA.
  • July: Hosted by Viterbo University, The Balanced Pianist Wisconsin 2008 was a 6-day program of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, Alexander Instructor Diane Foust, and a special program by Gulchin Tarabus. The program ran from July 25 through 30 at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
  • July: In Cooperation with Colorado Christian University, The Balanced Pianist Colorado 2008 was a 6-day program of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, and Aston-Patterning specialist Judy Huston. The program ran from July 10 through 15 in Lakewood, Colorado, near Denver.
  • May: Director and Piano Instructor Teresa Dybvig presented "Assessment of a retraining program in improving pianists' involuntary movements," a study by Teresa Dybvig and Nina Scolnik of their students with dystonia, tremors, and other involuntary movements, at the 12th European Congress on Musician's Medicine/3rd International Congress on Musician's Medicine at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan, Italy.
  • March: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki gave a talk, "The Balanced Pianist," for Philadelphia Music Teachers, in Jacobs Music, 1708 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Wednesday, March 27 at 10 am (free to members, nominal fee for non-members).
  • February: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed music of Krzywicki, Hsu, Ewazen, and Plogh with Carol Jantsch, Principal Tubist of Philadelphia Orchestra in the Rock Hall Auditorium at Temple University in Philadelphia on Sunday, February 24 at 3 p.m.
  • February: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed music of Poulenc, Hindemith, Shen, and Cohen with oboist Fredric T. Cohen and bassoonist Stephen Walt in the Bezanson Recital Hall at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on Sunday, February 10 at 8 p.m.

2007

  • December: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki celebrated Beethoven's birthday with students of Curtis Institute! They performed the early song cycle An die Ferne Geliebte and selections from Fidelio in the Field Concert Hall at Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia on Wednesday December 12 at 8 p.m.
  • December: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed Poulenc Sextet on the Dolce Suono Chamber Music Concert Series on Wednesday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the 1st Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.
  • October: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed Luca Antignani's octet, "Il viaggio di Humbert" at the Network for New Music concert in Rose Recital Hall at U Penn (Fisher-Bennet Hall, 4th Floor) on Sunday, October 14 2007 at 3:00 pm.
  • September: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed music by Mahler, Britten, Handel, Mozart, and Rossini with mezzo-soprano Misoon Ghim in Rock Hall at Temple University, on Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 pm.
  • August: Teresa Dybvig presented a poster on Habits Common to Pianists with Dystonia and other Involuntary Movements at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Oakbrook, IL (just outside Chicago), on August 2-4, 2007.
  • July 23-28: Hosted by Viterbo University, The Balanced Pianist Wisconsin 2007 was a 6-day program of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, Yoga instructor Chris Saudek, and Alexander Instructor Diane Foust. The program ran from July 23 through 28 at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. To see our online photo album, click here.
  • July 12-17: In Cooperation with Colorado Christian University, The Balanced Pianist Colorado 2007 was a 6-day program of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, and Aston-Patterning specialist Judy Huston. The program ran from July 12 through 17 in Lakewood, Colorado, near Denver. To see our online photo album, click here.
  • April: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed Jan Krzywicki's Partita with oboist Fredric Cohen at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S 18th Street, on April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
  • April: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed music by Saint Saens, Honegger, and Enescu with tubist Carol Jantsch and trumpeter Francisco Flores at the Musical Olympus Festival at Zankel Hall on April 15 at 7:30 pm.
  • April: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with tubist Carol Jantsch on the Philadelphia Orchestra's Postlude Recital on Friday, April 13 at approximately 4:30 p.m. (after the 2 p.m. orchestra concert -- featuring Pyotr Anderszewski playing Szymanowski, this was also worth hearing!).
  • March: Director and Piano Instructor Teresa Dybvig performed Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata and other works for violin and piano with fantastic violinist Linda Sinanian on Friday, March 30, 2007 at 7 PM at the North Shore Public Library. The concert is free of charge.North Shore Public Library website.
  • February: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed a recital with oboist Fredric Cohen of works by Berkeley, Macchia, Elgar, Bennett, and Rubbra on Sunday, February 25 at 8 p.m. at Bezanson Hall at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • February: An article by The Balanced Pianist Director Teresa Dybvig on similarities in habits among pianists with dystonia, essential tremor, and other involuntary movements appears in the February issue of Clavier magazine. You can find it under the vague title, "Moving Naturally," selected by the editors more for its space-saving benefit than for its indication of the content. The article contains some photos of coordinate and incoordinate alignment, and descriptions of habits among these pianists of alignment and movement in the shoulders, wrist, knuckles, and fingers, and some suggestions for correcting them. You can read some questions and answers generated from the article by clicking here.
  • February: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed Melinda Wagner's Trio No.2: “Romanze with Faux Variations,” with violinist Hirono Oka and cellist Ohad Bar-David on the Philadelphia Orchestra's Postlude Recital on Thursday, February 1 at approximately 10 p.m. (after the orchestra concert!).
  • January: Director and Piano Instructor Teresa Dybvig performed solo music by Messiaen and Janacek, and music by Beethoven and Vaughn Williams with fantastic violinist Linda Sinanian on Margarethe Maimone's creative concert series, Ridotto, on Sunday January 7, at 4 pm. For information on tickets and directions, visit the Ridotto website.
  • January: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki pesented "Technique-ease", hosted by The Piano Teachers Forum of Central NJ, on Friday, January 5, 2007, 10 am, at Jacobs Music, Business Route 1 at Texas Ave., Lawrenceville, NJ.

2006

  • November 17 & 18: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed Orff's "Carmina Burana", with Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, on November 17 and 18 at 8 pm, at Girard College.
  • November 10 & 12: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed John Harbison's "North and South" with Janice Felty, mezzo soprano, at Network for New Music on Friday, November 10, 8 pm, at Haverford College; and on Sunday, November 12, 3 pm, at Settlement Music School, 416 Queen Street, Philadelphia.
  • October: Lessons with Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki in Golden, CO on October 20 and 21. If you are interested in lessons that weekend, please contact The Balanced Pianist.
  • July: In Cooperation with Colorado Christian University, The Balanced Pianist Colorado 2006 was a 6-day program of intensive and interactive work with pianists Teresa Dybvig and Susan Nowicki, and Aston-Patterning specialist Judy Huston (3-day and 4-day program options were also available). The program ran from July 6 through 11 in Lakewood, Colorado, near Denver, and was attended by 30 pianists from 8 states. See our scrapbook.
  • June: The Balanced Pianist web site is reviewed in the "Annotated Bibliography on Musician Wellness" in the June/July issue of American Music Teacher, the journal of Music Teachers National Association.
  • April: Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki performed music by Jan Krzywicki and Andrew McPherson in the Network for New Music concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at the Mary Louise Curtis Branch of the Settlement Music School on 416 Queen Street in Philadelphia, PA. The program was repeated, free of charge, at Taplin Auditorium in Princeton University on Tuesday, April 25 at 8 pm.
  • March: Teresa Dybvig's recording of Louise Talma's Piano Sonata no. 1 was broadcast on Saturday, March 25 on the “Modern Masterpieces,” produced by Alan Chapman at Classical Public Radio Network this weekend. Modern Masterpieces aired at 10 pm Saturday evening, and was also available with live feed on Pacific time on KUSC. Some of the stations in the Classical Public Radio Network that usually carry Modern Masterpieces include WBHM-Birmingham, KVOD-Denver, KUSC-LA WBNI-Fort Wayne, IN WFSQ-Tallahasee WNIU-DeKalb WOSU-Columbus, OH, and Public Radio Tulsa.
  • March: Lessons with Susan Nowicki in Golden, CO on March 3, 4, and 5.
  • March: Check out this article about a high school girl's composition project that Susan Nowicki participated in!

2005

  • August: Teresa Dybvig presented a poster on Strengthening Musical Memory Using the Dunn & Dunn Learning Styles Perceptual Modalities at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Oakbrook, IL (just outside Chicago), on August 3-6, 2005.
  • March: Teresa Dybvig presented a program on Avoiding Performance Anxiety at the March meeting of the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation. Dr. Dybvig shared her ideas about helping students perform their best on March 2, 2005, from 10 am - noon at the Middle Country Library Cultural Center on Rte. 25 in Selden, NY.
  • January: The Balanced Pianist Workshop. Elmhurst College presented three days of intensive and cooperative work in Elmhurst, Illinois, Friday, January 7 through Sunday, January 9. For details please click here.

2004

  • November 20 and 21: The Balanced Pianist Weekend Seminar. One and a half days of intensive and cooperative work at Frank and Camille's Keyboard Center of Huntington on Route 110 in Melville, New York. Instructors were Dr. Dybvig and Yoga instructor Carol Burns. For details please click here.
  • February 28 and 29: The Search for Balance, a weekend seminar on balanced movement at the piano in a balanced state of mind, on February 28 and 29, at Frank and Camille's Keyboard Center of Huntington on Route 110 in Melville, New York.

2003

  • The first Piano Camp at Setauket was held from June 26 to July 1. Twelve pianists from 4 states and Australia attended the week-long intensive. The lead instructor was Teresa Dybvig, Carol Burns was the Yoga instructor, and Susan Nowicki was the guest artist/clinician.
  • Dr. Dybvig was the guest artist/clinician at the North Dakota MTA Convention, October 31 through November 2. She played a recital of works by Bach, Schumann, Messiaen, and Haydn at the Belle Mehus Auditorium on October 31, and gave a talk, clinics, and master classes on Dorothy Taubman's approach to Piano Technique, on November 1 and 2.
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