The Integrated Approach Dr. Teresa Dybvig, Director

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Piano Seating Guide

Learn how to sit comfortably at the piano, see handy tools for adjusting your seating, and read answers to frequently asked questions.

The qualities of a Well-Balanced Pianist

The Well-Balanced Pianist

  • learns to play in all kinds of styles and genres of music -- even if he or she vastly prefers one!
  • practices with a sense of humor and adventure.
  • practices with honesty and persistence.
  • greets mistakes with curiosity and enthusiasm.
  • builds on strengths while strengthening weaknesses.
  • moves with lively energy from one balanced place to the next.
  • connects directly to the piano in effortless natural alignment.
  • strives for a toned, lively physical balance between tension and relaxation in practice and performance.
  • practices finding a focused, peaceful concentration in practice and performance.
  • commits completely to each note -- even if it's only a nanosecond long -- with arm and ear, before moving to the next.
  • remains peacefully in place on every note, mentally and physically, while planning mentally and preparing physically to move to the next.
  • strives for a happy, engaged mental balance between feeling driven on one hand, and not caring on the other, in practice and performance.
  • strives for balance between ebb and flow in the musical story line.
  • strives for honest communication in music-making, avoiding self-absorption and self-assertion.
  • listens to each voice in the music and balances them all.
  • teaches students to coach themselves in the ways they learn best.
  • helps students to play with their own most honest expression.

Are you wondering if The Well-Balanced Pianist is for you? See what past participants have to say.