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#1008604 - 12/15/06 02:00 PM Had first Piano Lesson....
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Registered: 12/05/06
Posts: 78
Loc: Bel Air, MD
...last night. It was really more of an interview with the instructor, than a lesson, but it worked out to be a real lesson for me.

I had been having a hard time finding anyone who was willing to teach an adult begginer in my area. I'm an absolute begginer at piano but I have a great deal of experience as a guitar and bass player and as a singer. I was very worried that I wouldn't find someone who was willing to give me the tools that I think that I need without requiring me to go through the whole of the Alfred's curriculum books. Additionally, I have a tough schedule to accomodate.

After an exhaustive search I found three potential instructors. The first was at a teaching studio about 20 miles from my house. Teaching studios (having worked in one, I know from experience) can be hit or miss; more often miss. The other two were local school teachers whose numbers I had gotten from the school board.

The first of these ladies was a younger lady whom I really liked when I spoke with her, she seemed to understand where I was coming from. Unfortunately, after the first phone conversation I was never able to get her back on the phone. She seemed to not be exceptionally reliable.

The last was an older lady who, after our initial conversation, gave me the impression that it was going to be two months of Alfred's before I could really get into anything worthwhile for me. She struck me as being a bit unflexible. She invited me to come over and interview her however, and I appreciated that.

I meant to the interview last night, and let me say this; first impressions on the phone.......completely wrong. I really think that this is the perfect teacher for me. We spent the first 15 minutes with her just feeling me out and drilling me on what I knew. She put pieces in front of me and asked me to sight read them. She drilled me on theory. She asked me to analyze a piece of music. When all that was done she laid out for me how she would proceed. It was exactly what I would have asked for. Lots of technique studies, scales, apreggios, hand over hand, intense examination of posture. Sight reading and repetiore were a part of the curriculum, but mostly as vehicles to get me physically caught up to where my musical knowledge already lies.

I'm excited. I start lessons in earnest right after New Years!

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#1008605 - 12/15/06 02:09 PM Re: Had first Piano Lesson....
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Registered: 03/02/03
Posts: 535
Loc: New Hampshire
Congrats... I hear this process is not usually easy. Sounds like you might have gotten lucky with the right teacher up front. Keep us updated!

I'm going to be in the same position as you when I finish college, that is, looking for a teacher when I already have alot of musical knowledge. I hope it goes as well!
Andrew - Shortcircuit85

If you were not sane, you would never misunderstand this question or the consequences of not comprehending its meaning.

#1008606 - 12/15/06 02:57 PM Re: Had first Piano Lesson....
signa Offline
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8483
Loc: Ohio, USA
it seems that you found what you want from a teacher and i know that feeling. congratulations! before i met my teacher i was in doubt too if he's going to be a good teacher, but he turned out to be a great teacher for me, and the first ever piano teacher i have ever met.

#1008607 - 12/15/06 03:25 PM Re: Had first Piano Lesson....
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Registered: 08/10/05
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Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
That's terrific, Chad! It sounds like she has a lot of teaching experience, which is good, and is motivated to find out exactly where you are now so she can plan a curriculum that best fits your needs, which is also good.
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