THE WELL-BALANCED PIANIST
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Dr. Teresa Dybvig, Director

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Pedagogy and communication

Piano pedagogy is built right into the format of The Well-Balanced Pianist programs. With ample lesson observation, you get the chance to observe how master teachers help their students improve step by step. Work in partner groups allows people to learn how to spot problems and solutions, and even to move people's hands and arms.

Teaching demonstrations with neighborhood student volunteers and clinics such as "a beginner's first lessons," "teaching elementary students," "moving people's hands and arms," and "the essential elements of piano technique" provide direct guidance in providing a well-rounded, healthy piano education to your students.

We also keep up on our reading in music education research, and new research in mastery studies. Books like Daniel Coyle's The Talent Code and The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance give us material to help you coach your students in optimal practice practice habits.

Another key element of piano pedagogy at The Well-Balanced Pianist is the Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles method. The Dunn and Dunn method measures many strands of learning, and of student-teacher interaction. When you apply the Dunn and Dunn learning styles method in your teaching, you learn to spot what your students need from you as a teacher in terms of communication and instruction and pacing, even if you wouldn't need it yourself.

In addition to helping you learn how to communicate with all of your students, the Dunn and Dunn learning styles method also provides you with clues about how to help your students improve practice and musical memory.

When you learn to apply the Dunn and Dunn learning styles method to your teaching, you will simply have more successes and fewer frustrations in your teaching. Imagine the results when you combine optimal communication with the excellent information available to you in our clinics!

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

What students say

"Studying the Taubman Approach with Susan Nowicki has helped me learn to play the piano with more efficiency and freedom... I feel that what I learned will make me a much better musician and teacher."
—Ashley Johnston, Piano Major
Brigham Young University

"I have attended the Well-Balanced Pianist a number of times and I plan to continue to participate in the future... The program has enabled me to solve technical problems more quickly and efficiently for myself as well as my students."
— Y.C., DMA Piano Performance, pianist and teacher
West Lafayette, Indiana

""I have been thinking about the learning styles segment a lot and observing my own students through a new lens."
— quote from anonymous evaluation

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