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#1243654 - 08/04/09 09:38 PM Re: piano performance degree [Re: Susan K.]
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That's quite interesting about Julliard. My dream cetainly doesn't extend THAT far, but a small, local college would be a wonderful place for me to grow.

And I would like to say that I wholeheartedly agree that an adult brain works much differently that a child's brain. All those neural pathways take longer to develop, but many of them can develop with persistance. I don't really think the sky is the limit anymore, but it doesn't stop me from working and dreaming about reality-based (I hope) possibilities.

I spent the last hour listening to Anne-Marie McDermott's CD titled Bach. I love the Menuet I from Partita No. 1 in B flat BWV825. It's on youtube if you want to see a sample. Oh my goodness--the joy, depth and inspiration of her playing will fuel me for days!

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#1243663 - 08/04/09 09:53 PM Re: piano performance degree [Re: gale]
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Registered: 07/03/09
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Wouldn't that be a cool reality show for PBS? 40 or 50 or 60-something auditions for Julliard? And wouldn't it be cool and if he or she was selected and to watch the freshman year with all the brilliant youngsters? I'd watch it.

#1243681 - 08/04/09 10:17 PM Re: piano performance degree [Re: bluespianofan]
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There was a guy I knew in college. As a freshman, he took the beginning piano class. By the time he graduated (with a chemistry/pre-med major), he was playing good literature (Mozart sonatas, Debussy preludes). I thought that was incredible.
B.A., Piano, Piano Pegagogy, Music Ed.
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#1243695 - 08/04/09 10:52 PM Re: piano performance degree [Re: Minniemay]
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This is something I also keep wondering about.

I am 51 years old and have a DMA in cello from a good conservatory. I've also played the piano on and off most of my life. My current working situation (not in music) is not very rewarding, but I don't really want to delve back into playing the cello professionally again (talk about a youth-oriented world ... string playing is it). I do like playing the cello, but the piano is musically more interesting for various reasons. I've wondered if I could possibly teach piano.

I've had glimmers of that feeling of fluency you have when things are working, but they are hard-won and fleeting. I haven't even been taking lessons and know I need to make more of a commitment if I ever want to get better.


gale, I know what you mean about wanting a structured situation. I've thought about applying to get into the local community college just to give it a try. But there are so many -- well, mean (for lack of a better word) teachers out there who will belittle anyone who is not a 10-year-old prodigy. It sounds like you have found someone who inspires you. I hope you continue to find joy in the process and meet encouraging people.
Recovering cellist, amateur pianist.

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