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#1105234 - 02/23/06 08:33 AM 2 teachers better than 1?
LeahG Offline
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Registered: 10/02/05
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What are your thoughts about having two piano teachers? I currently see my teacher every other week, and while I like her and am learning certain aspects of piano, I feel that (understandably) she can not offer me everything. I'm wondering if finding a second teacher, who offers different benefits, would help me progress more? (I'm feeling a bit stuck...)

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#1105235 - 02/23/06 09:36 AM Re: 2 teachers better than 1?
Crypto Offline
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Registered: 02/14/06
Posts: 69
Loc: Indiana
It sounds like you may need a new teacher, but do not want to hurt the feelings of the first teacher. What do you think is missing from the first teacher that you would like to see in another teacher?


#1105236 - 02/23/06 09:44 AM Re: 2 teachers better than 1?
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Registered: 10/11/05
Posts: 475
Loc: Rocky Mountains

Sure, why not? If you are meeting with your current teacher once a week, then arrange the other lesson to be on the opposite weekly schedule.
"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." Groucho Marx

#1105237 - 02/23/06 10:02 AM Re: 2 teachers better than 1?
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Registered: 01/10/06
Posts: 359
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rugrag - I think it depends on your level of achievement. If you're a beginner, and if you believe your teacher is at least reasonably qualified, I'd say stay with one teacher until you're at least at an intermediate level - say working on the two-part inventions and/or perhaps the Chopin waltzes. After that, I believe its benificial for any student to branch out and get more perspective.

#1105238 - 02/23/06 01:19 PM Re: 2 teachers better than 1?
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8483
Loc: Ohio, USA
if your current teacher cannot teach you more at more advanced level, maybe it's time for you to get a new teacher who could do that. some teachers are only good till you reach a certain level.

#1105239 - 02/23/06 02:45 PM Re: 2 teachers better than 1?
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I think having two teachers would work best if they were concentrating on different types of music or aspects of playing. E.g., if you had one teacher who worked with you on classical but you were so inspired by the recital you wanted to learn how to play by ear, then you could pick up a teacher to work with you on playing by ear. Or maybe you want one teacher to work on technique issues (scales, music theory) and the other to work on perfecting musical expression.

If you feel you are not progressing as fast as you'd like, it may be because the biweekly lessons aren't enough. If you like this teacher you could suggest changing to weekly; if you think maybe she just has limitations, I agree with Jason and signa that maybe you need a different teacher.
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