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

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One-day Intensive with Susan Nowicki and Teresa Dybvig

One-day Intensives with both Susan Nowicki and Teresa Dybvig are available for up to 3 people in Long Island or Philadelphia. The day's schedule is flexible, and may include any component of The Well-Balanced Pianist. Participants can even change their mind in the course of the day, deciding to spend more time on, for example, lessons, or learning styles. Participants get more from one day with both instructors than they would get from two consecutive days with one instructor each! $600 for one day includes meals, lessons, and all fees for the two instructors. Optional bodywork (Yoga, Alexander) not included in fee. If you are interested in a one-day intensive with one or two of your friends or colleagues, please contact The Well-Balanced Pianist.

Weekend Workshop on Dystonia

There are commonalities in posture, arm/hand alignment and movement, and mindset among people with dystonia. It is my experience that they are behavioral and can be changed, and people with dystonia can play again.

The benefit of a weekend workshop with others is that when you see habits in others, they become more clear in yourself. People with dystonia generally make more 3 or 4 times the progress when they work with others.

Weekend workshops for 2 to 4 people, including some bodywork, an overview of commonalities, lessons, and mealtime discussion on mindset, are available on Long Island. Instructor is Teresa Dybvig. Cost is approximately $450 per person, depending on number of participants, and includes meals. If you are interested in participating in a weekend workshop on dystonia, please contact The Well-Balanced Pianist.

A Sample 1½-day Weekend Schedule

A lot can be accomplished in a weekend workshop! We work intensively and happily from early Saturday until midday Sunday. If you are interested in participating in a weekend program, please contact The Well-Balanced Pianist.

Saturday

9 am - 10:15 am 2 Clinics: Basic movements, and Grouping
10:30 am - 12:30 pm 8 private lessons, with practice rooms available to those who don't wish to observe lessons
12:30 pm - 2 pm Lunch and discussion
2 pm - 3:30 6 private lessons, with 2 practice rooms available to those who don't want to observe lessons
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Feldenkrais class
4:45 pm - 6 pm Group lesson
6:30 pm Dinner together at an area restaurant

Sunday
9 am - 10:15 am 2 Clinics: The Thumb: a powerful force for good or ill, and Musical ebb and flow
10:15 am - 12 noon Group Class

The format changes from seminar to seminar, depending on requests from registrants.

A typical student's schedule would include:
  1. One 30-minute lesson (on material of student's choice)
  2. Observation of other's lessons
  3. Choice of two of four clinics
  4. Discussion of readings on practice or performance mindset at lunch
  5. One longer group class on Sunday, during which some may try out a performance, and others will just explore, according to each person's needs.
  6. One Feldenkrais or Alexander class
  7. Daily walk
  8. Practice time is available to everyone.

A Sample 3-day Weekend Schedule

When there is a Monday holiday, we can have a 3-day weekend program. We work intensively and happily from early Saturday until midday Monday. If you are interested in participating in a weekend program, please contact The Well-Balanced Pianist.

DAY 1
9:00 am - 11:00 am Clinic and Group Class I: Basic Movements - from moving to the piano through playing each note.
11:00 am - 12:30 pm 6 private lessons, with practice rooms available.
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch with mindset discussion.
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 8 private lessons, with practice rooms available.
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Alexander class
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 6 private lessons and practice time
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner with introductions and discussion about goals

DAY 2
9:00 am - 10:30 am 6 private lessons, with practice rooms available.
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Clinic: Staccato or Sound
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch with mindset discussion
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 8 private lessons, with practice rooms available.
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Walk
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 6 private lessons, with practice rooms available.
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner at a local restaurant

DAY 3
9:00 am - 10:00 am Open forum group class
10:00 am - 11:30 pm Presentation on interpretation
11:45 pm - 1:00 pm Run-throughs and coachings (student's choice)

A typical student's schedule would include:
  1. Two 30-minute lessons (on material of student's choice)
  2. Observation of other's lessons
  3. Choice of two clinics, for example Aligned Balance in Movement at the Piano, or The Thumb: a powerful force for good or ill
  4. One Alexander or Feldenkrais class
  5. Discussion of readings on practice and performance mindset
  6. One open forum group class
  7. One class in which you can choose to do a run-through or a coaching
  8. Daily walk
  9. Practice time is available to everyone.

A Sample 6-day Schedule

DAY 1 A six-day program is really luxurious. We have lots of lessons, clinics, and mindset discussions, and time for a couple of special evening programs. We also have a lot of fun! If you are interested in participating in a six-day program, please contact The Well-Balanced Pianist.
4 to 5 pm Registration.
5 to 7 pm Opening activities
7 to 9 pm Welcome Reception with background music provided by instructors and guests!

DAY 2
9 - 10 am Clinics: Basic Movements and Walking Hand and Arm
10 am - 1:30 pm Piano lessons, Aston-Patterning, and Feldenkrais
1:30 - 3 pm Lunch, with discussion about practice mindset
3 - 7 pm Piano lessons, Aston-Patterning, and Feldenkrais
3 - 7 pm Practice time
7 pm Dinner

DAY 3
9 - 11:30 am Piano lessons, Aston-Patterning, and Feldenkrais
9:30 am Practice time
11:30 am - 1 pm Walk
1 - 2:30 pm Lunch with discussion about practice mindset
2:30 - 5 pm Piano lessons, Aston-Patterning, and Feldenkrais
3 pm Practice time
5 - 6:30 pm Dinner
7 - 9 pm Special Class on Musical Memory

DAY 4
9 - 10:30 am Clinic on Daily Tasks and demanding walk
10:30 - 12 noon Clinic on Teaching Children and undemanding walk
11:30 am Practice time
2 pm - 3:30 pm Clinics on Shaping and the torso in piano playing
3:30 - 4:30 pm mindset discussions
4:30 - 6 pm Clinics on In and Out, Sound Production
6 pm Dinner
7 pm Special performance class

DAY 5
9 am - 10 am Clinic: open forum question and answer
10 am - 1 pm Piano lessons, Aston-Patterning, and Feldenkrais
11:30 am Practice time
1 - 2:30 pm Lunch with discussion about performance mindset
2:30 - 5:30 pm 12 lessons and Aston-Patterning sessions
3:30 pm Practice time
5:30 - 6:30 pm walk
7:30 pm Dinner on your own

DAY 6
9 am - 12 noon Piano lessons, Aston-Patterning, and Feldenkrais
10 am Practice time
12 - 1:30 pm Walk
1:30 - 3 pm Lunch with talk about progress
3 pm Practice time
3 - 5 pm Piano lessons, Aston-Patterning, and Feldenkrais
5:30 pm Works-in-progress "Recital"
7:00 pm Party!

A typical student's day would include:

  1. 1 half-hour lesson with partners in attendance
  2. Observation of 2 or 3 partner's lessons
  3. Observation of other student's lessons
  4. One clinic
  5. Practice with partners on movements in clinics
  6. Special evening performance classes
  7. Practice time available to everyone
  8. Practice with partners if they so desire
  9. Aston-Patterning or other exercise
  10. Guided lunchtime mindset discussions
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