Dedicated to the
integration of heart, mind, body, music, and piano
in teaching, learning, and performance
"... your lecture on the Taubman method ... was extremely lucid and well-prepared. My student who worked with you... was highly enthusiastic about the help you provided, and I was impressed with how much you accomplished in the master class in such a relatively brief amount of time. Many of my students are still energetically talking about your lecture ..."
Professor of Piano
Converse College, South Carolina
"I firmly believe that the audience and our students will be
grateful to you for introducing them to the Taubman Technique, which will ease
their creative performance now and in the future."
"Our students had the rare opportunity to have many of their
questions on piano technique answered by an authority. Thank you for this
seminar, which will have an important place in our students' educational
experience and their performance." Elif Enacar,
"At our November meeting, we were honored by having one of our
own members, Teresa Dybvig, give a presentation on Women Composers... What a
wonderful speaker and performer. We were all entranced!"
"The lecture was very well attended by our own members and non
members also. Those present agreed that it was well worth bringing Ms Dybvig
here and we all learned a great deal that we could apply to teaching our
students and relating to them personally."
"Special thanks to Dr. Teresa Dybvig for her informative
presentation on 'Learning Styles in Teaching Piano.' Her presentation was both
enlightening and very well researched."
"Thanks to Teresa Dybvig for a wonderful meeting! Terry really
does nurture each one of her students and obviously puts lots of time and
effort into her presentations!"
I love speaking to groups! It makes me clarify my thoughts and gives me a chance to meet people who are interested in topics that are important to me.
My lectures fall generally into four categories. Musicianship is why I got into the business. The Taubman Approach is the best system I've found for playing our best, and avoiding injury. The Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles method helps me reach more students, and talking about learning and living allows me to bring a broader perspective to issues that concern pianists every day.
Give me a topic and I would love to talk about it! These are just a starting point. If you want me to talk about interpreting and teaching individual pieces, please ask.
I came to the Taubman approach to piano technique because of my own needs. The approach helped me become a better pianist than I ever thought I could be, and I developed a gift for teaching it as well. I believe that everyone can learn to play in a healthy way. Fortunately for pianists, we play our best when we feel best! I would like to offer you a variety of lectures, clinics, and master classes. What follows is sample of talks your group can hear. All include demonstrations on the piano, and some are designed as clinics in which audience members can participate. All of them can be made longer, some can be made shorter, they can be combined with master classes and clinics, and there are many other topics to explore. If your group is interested in another topic, just ask.
These talks are all 25 - 35 minutes, accompanied by PowerPoint, and intended to inspire pianists with new and varied perspectives, philosophies, and cutting-edge research. I have used them to set a theme or tone for a day or for a week.
All teachers know how awful it feels to know what a student needs, but just not be able to reach her. Several years ago, determined to end this frustration, I embarked on an intensive study with learning styles expert Dr. Sarah E. Church. With Sarah, I learned how to apply the Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles system to teaching piano. Among other things, I've learned to work with different people's learning stylesespecially those students who learn differently from myself. One happy result is that I feel I reach more of my students, and I can help each students develop the practice program that is right for them. Here are the presentations I've developed with Sarah Church:
I've given lectures and workshops at the Fond du Lac Teachers Association, the Chicago MTNA, Amherst Music Festival, Mississippi State University, MS, University of Wisconsin at Madison, WI, Emory University, GA; Mount Holyoke College, MA, Eastern Michigan University, MI, Northwestern University, St. Paul, MN, the North Dakota State MTA convention in Bismarck, ND, Jones County Jr. College, MS, OMTA, Cleveland, OH, Converse College, SC, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, TN, WMTA Convention, LaCrosse, WI, Bilkent University, Ankara, Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory, Istanbul, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Delta State University, MS, Mt. Holyoke College, MA, Roberts Wesleyan College, NY, Suffolk Piano Teachers Forum, NY, the Association of Piano Teachers on Long Island, NY, the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation, and at The Well-Balanced Pianist programs in Long Island, Chicago, Wisconsin, and Denver.