THE WELL-BALANCED PIANIST
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Dr. Teresa Dybvig, Director

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Healthy mindset

Tools for healthy mindset in practice and performance are included in every Well-Balanced Pianist program.

Your mindset determines how quickly you learn and progress, how securely you perform, and how much you enjoy playing the piano in private and in performance. At the Well-Balanced Pianist, group discussions based on selected readings help you to find your own optimal mindset for practice and performance.

People who are happy and curious in practice, and performance in a state of focused excitement, are likely to enjoy playing and play well. Those who feel fearful, judgmental, and critical in practice probably don't enjoy playing the way they wish, and may increase their performance anxiety.

Part of using your mind well is knowing how to practice. New research in mastery studies, like Daniel Coyle's The Talent Code and The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance give us material to help you develop practice habits that give you reliable results.

But nobody is hard-wired to be unhappy in practice or performance! You can improve your mindset! Fantastic tools are available for musicians these days, and we use a lot of them at The Well-Balanced Pianist. Leading the charge of sports psychologist into the music world are Bill Moore and Don Greene. Susan Jeffers' Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway offers concrete tools for the fearful. W. Timothy Gallwey's Inner Game of Tennis and James Loehr's Championship Tennis contain tools that apply to any practice and performance. To learn to let go and experience the moment without judgment, you can learn to meditate with Pema Chödrön's Start Where You Are.

An optimal mindset and practice allows you to listen well and objectively assess your playing. An optimal mindset for performing allows you to use your adrenaline to advantage, with trust and courage.

Core elements of The Well-Balanced Pianist programs
Musicianship Healthy piano technique Healthy mindset Bodywork and exercise Pedagogy and communication

What students say

"I really feel that The Well-Balanced Pianist curriculum and the teachers' approach, with its focus on all aspects of approaching the piano, (from technique and musicianship, to mindset, to memorization, to body awareness, etc.) is what gives me so much to build upon when I come home to my individual practice."
-- Susan Durler, Audio Engineer and Church Accompanist
Chicago, Illinois

"Teresa Dybvig supports me, challenges me to do my best, and motivates me. She gives me the tools to make healthy movements and beautiful music, and she helps me find the courage to have a positive and happy mindset."
— Anna Reiser, Piano student, Lawrence University
Appleton, Wisconsin

"The Well-Balanced Pianist truly is a well balanced program for pianists who sense not everything is where it should be in their lives as musicians, whether it is from a physical, a musical or even a psychological perspective."
Gloria Apellániz, Suzuki piano teacher
Golden, Colorado

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