The qualities of a Well-Balanced
- learns to play in all
kinds of styles and genres of music -- even if he or she vastly prefers
- practices with a sense of
humor and adventure.
- practices with honesty and
- greets mistakes with curiosity and
- builds on strengths while strengthening
- 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
- 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
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