Teresa Dybvig
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Teresa Dybvig is founder and director of The Well-Balanced Pianist, which presents a variety of short, intensive programs for small groups of pianists, high school age and above, amateur and professional.

PERFORMANCE  Pianist Teresa Dybvig played the piano from a young age, performing her first full-length solo recital at the age of thirteen. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the US, in Europe, and in the Mideast. A CD featuring her performance of works by Debussy, Hughes, Beethoven, Talma, and Chopin is now available. Her CD has been broadcast on WQXR, KUSC, WBHM, WNIU, WFSQ, KWAX, WDPR, KVOD, WBNI, KFUO, and other radio stations.

EDUCATION  She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Yale University School of Music. She received the Bachelor of Music in piano performance, with High Distinction, and the Master's degree in piano performance, with Distinction, from Indiana University. Numerous prizes and scholarships, including the Charles H. Ditson Award for Outstanding Performer, a full scholarship, at Yale, and the Honors Scholarship at Indiana, supported her education and performance. Her most influential major teachers include Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, and James Tocco. While she was working on her degree from Yale, she began studying Dorothy Taubman's approach to piano technique with Edna Golandsky in Manhattan, which she continued for many years.

TEACHING  Dr. Dybvig's expertise is much sought after. Not only does she teach privately at home in Long Island, her busy teaching schedule also regularly takes her to students in Manhattan, Chicago. IL, and Denver, CO. She also traveled to teach in St. Paul, MN and La Crosse, WI for many years. She was a member of the faculty of the Taubman Institute of Piano in Williamstown, MA from 1995 to 2002, and the Golandsky Institute, through 2004. She also taught undergraduate music theory, formal analysis, music literature, and ear-training at Indiana University and Boston University. In 2003, she founded The Balanced Pianist, now The Well-Balanced Pianist, programs in order to provide participants with a place to learn healthy physical and mental practice, performing, and teaching habits in a supportive, interactive atmosphere.

In conjunction with her specialty in helping pianists with injuries to play in a healthier and more effective way, Dr. Dybvig has developed a sub-specialty of teaching pianists with focal hand dystonia to change their incoordinate habits and return to playing. Clavier published an article in February 2007 about her work with dystonia, entitled "Moving Naturally." In August 2007 she presented a poster showing her observations about the incoordinate habits of pianists with dystonia and their preferable alternatives at the NCKP conference in Chicago. In 2008, she presented a talk about her work at the International Congress on Musicians' Medicine in Milan, Italy. She also offers special day-long sessions for pianists with dystonia before some Well-Balanced Pianist programs. In July 2011, Dr. Dybvig gave a 45-minute presentation with video demonstrations about her work with pianists with dystonia at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

LECTURES  Teresa Dybvig is frequently asked by colleges and other music organizations to present lectures, clinics, and master classes. Her lectures focus on four general areas: Musicianship, Dorothy Taubman's approach to piano technique, the application of the Dunn and Dunn learning styles model to teaching piano, and thoughts on learning and living. Her lectures have been heard in many colleges and music teacher's organizations in twelve states of the U.S. and three cities in Turkey.