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#1961062 - 09/19/12 10:32 AM Finding a tutor (singapore)
furballwarrior Offline
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Registered: 01/27/10
Posts: 18
Hi all, I did a cursory search using the search function, to no avail, so link me to any relevant pages if I seem to be missing them!

To the chase,

I'm looking for a "good" piano teacher, meaning one that could communicate openly and elaborately on musicality in general. I really just want to improve in my piano playing in general, i'm not out there to hunt certificates and whatsoever.


about me:

i'm 21, just completed army end last year, applying for college next year (don't ask me why, but yes, i missed the first year.) Stopped piano after abrsm grade 8 at 15, so that's a gap of 6 years. I do play quite abit on my own, but alot on impulse - consistency always drives me to a corner where I seem to be surrounded by futility.

I'm not confident of my playing currently, which is why I decided to get the courage to make the obvious decision for my own improvement and benefit (finding a teacher) only now. Irregardless, i've little commitments for the coming months, and i'm prepared to spend alot of time in improving my musicality.

Any flexible and dedicated teacher willing to take in a lost sheep? I don't dare to say i'm passionate, because i've tried a few times cramming lots of practice daily for weeks on end, only to suddenly start fearing the piece I was so excited about learning because... I just can't do it right! But really, I want to spend alot of effort in it.



If there's any further queries, feel free to pm me. Under the cover of the anonimity of the internet, I'm pretty much honest and less reserved....

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#1961416 - 09/20/12 05:55 AM Re: Finding a tutor (singapore) [Re: furballwarrior]
michelleyh Offline
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Registered: 08/13/08
Posts: 58
Loc: Malaysia
Hello,

I am from Malaysia. I would advice you to find a teacher who teaches at home rather than going to those big big music school. They are all about exams and certificates and very kiasu.

Anyway, if you have any repertoire questions, feel free to ask me . Happy searching.
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Piano Technician, CSPT
Piano Teacher
Accompanist
www.facebook.com/MichelleYHToe

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#1961959 - 09/21/12 06:24 AM Re: Finding a tutor (singapore) [Re: furballwarrior]
furballwarrior Offline
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Registered: 01/27/10
Posts: 18
Hey,

Thanks for being helpful! i'm finding a private tutor definitely, which is why this forum =x I really hope i can find one here!

Hmm, for repertoire wise.. I've been learning Beethoven's Pathetique recently, I hope it's not too pathetic under my hands, but i really wonder. Have tried sonata no.14 moonlight before that. i liked it, but i only went about halfway through the 3rd movement (it's difficult and fun in a way..) I think choosing repertoire ought to come later for me? because.. my main concern now is i can't seem to find a systematical and practicable method to get my pieces up to standard. I only seem to know how to repeat and repeat and repeat them, get some tricky parts to work on, then find places where i missed bringing out the harmony or expression. Then i get lost. I can't seem to find a benchmark, and following my own criticism sometimes just feels like i'm not progressing either.

Thus, Would I be foolish to ask instead, if there's a decent approach to practicing piano? Like how do you plan your time everyday assuming you alot 4 hours? I don't do scales for example, but will they really help significantly?(i never thought they do) Hmm, what goes through your mind when you decide to learn a piece, and before and during you decide to take it out to practice it? Need 'youtube' be my close friend?

My approach is haphazard and i resort to just repeating the piece stupidly sometimes when i feel no passion to practice.


Oh lastly, I saw your signature, you're a piano technician too! So i popped by your facebook to see that you actually come to singapore! But you're back. Haha, perhaps if you happen to visit singapore again, my piano's in such a bad state that i'll probably be scolded for it. it's offtune by 1 semitone down throughout the entire register. apart from other defects ... I like it's tone for an upright though.

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#1967656 - 10/02/12 06:34 AM Re: Finding a tutor (singapore) [Re: furballwarrior]
Phyliss Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/23/09
Posts: 14
Loc: Singapore
Hi, I am also interested to look for a private piano teacher. But not now, maybe in a few years time. Piano lessons are expensive and I don't earn a lot. Sobs. If you found a good teacher (and cheap one, or reasonably priced), let me know too!

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#1968036 - 10/02/12 11:24 PM Re: Finding a tutor (singapore) [Re: furballwarrior]
michelleyh Offline
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Registered: 08/13/08
Posts: 58
Loc: Malaysia
Learn scales and arpeggios is very important. If you hate scales that much, learn czerny. You dont know scales = you can never play well.. Do some warm up exercise with scales. Any serious and good teacher will emphasize a lot on scales.

Also , you have to own a decent piano, and maintain it. The piano should be better than the pianist anytime. or the pianist will never improve.

i cannot advice on how to practice because everyone have their own practicing style individually. Mine might not be suitable for you.

hahaha.. Just add my page so that you will know because when i travel, I will update my status.
_________________________
Michelle YH Toe, LLCM
Piano Technician, CSPT
Piano Teacher
Accompanist
www.facebook.com/MichelleYHToe

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#1968076 - 10/03/12 02:16 AM Re: Finding a tutor (singapore) [Re: michelleyh]
AZNpiano Online   sleepy
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/07/07
Posts: 5487
Loc: Orange County, CA
Originally Posted By: michelleyh
those big big music school. They are all about exams and certificates and very kiasu.

I didn't know "kiasu" was a word, so I had to look that up. LOL grin
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#1968134 - 10/03/12 08:20 AM Re: Finding a tutor (singapore) [Re: AZNpiano]
michelleyh Offline
Full Member

Registered: 08/13/08
Posts: 58
Loc: Malaysia
Kiasu = afraid to lose
Kiasi = afraid to die

It is hokkien chinese.. Hahahaha.. Singapore culture.
_________________________
Michelle YH Toe, LLCM
Piano Technician, CSPT
Piano Teacher
Accompanist
www.facebook.com/MichelleYHToe

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#1968420 - 10/03/12 09:03 PM Re: Finding a tutor (singapore) [Re: furballwarrior]
CWPiano Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/30/08
Posts: 212
Originally Posted By: furballwarrior
Hey,

Thanks for being helpful! i'm finding a private tutor definitely, which is why this forum =x I really hope i can find one here!

Hmm, for repertoire wise.. I've been learning Beethoven's Pathetique recently, I hope it's not too pathetic under my hands, but i really wonder. Have tried sonata no.14 moonlight before that. i liked it, but i only went about halfway through the 3rd movement (it's difficult and fun in a way..) I think choosing repertoire ought to come later for me? because.. my main concern now is i can't seem to find a systematical and practicable method to get my pieces up to standard. I only seem to know how to repeat and repeat and repeat them, get some tricky parts to work on, then find places where i missed bringing out the harmony or expression. Then i get lost. I can't seem to find a benchmark, and following my own criticism sometimes just feels like i'm not progressing either.

Thus, Would I be foolish to ask instead, if there's a decent approach to practicing piano? Like how do you plan your time everyday assuming you alot 4 hours? I don't do scales for example, but will they really help significantly?(i never thought they do) Hmm, what goes through your mind when you decide to learn a piece, and before and during you decide to take it out to practice it? Need 'youtube' be my close friend?

My approach is haphazard and i resort to just repeating the piece stupidly sometimes when i feel no passion to practice.


Oh lastly, I saw your signature, you're a piano technician too! So i popped by your facebook to see that you actually come to singapore! But you're back. Haha, perhaps if you happen to visit singapore again, my piano's in such a bad state that i'll probably be scolded for it. it's offtune by 1 semitone down throughout the entire register. apart from other defects ... I like it's tone for an upright though.


To play any pieces well at your level, you will need a more systematic approach to learning that is more robust rather than just learning and repeating the repertoire you like.

First, you will need a disciplined technical regime that you should spend around 1/3 to 1/2 of your practice time at this level. At the bare minimum, you will need to be familiar with all the scales. You will also need to learn various etudes and exercises that develop aspects of your technique further. Etudes by Burgmuller, Heller, Mozkowski, Czerny, and Macdowell are generally prescribed first before embarking on more ambitious ones by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov. I am not so hot on dry exercises by Hanon, Joseffy, Dohnanyi, etc; but you can do them also. You will definitely need a teacher to go through these etudes because you surely would not want to play them with the wrong technique.

You should also push your sight-reading and try as many easier repertoire as possible. I typically try to read one or two of these pieces everyday. And I insist my students to present at least one piece for sight-reading purpose prepared beforehand for lesson. Musical ideas and concepts are easier to be picked up from short easier pieces; they can then be applied to current repertoire you are playing.

Regarding how to practice your piece, I think you have some rough ideas how to practice a piece. It's just that you lack the theoretical and technical knowledge. With proper guidance and feedback, perhaps your playing can be elevated further.

Anyway, if you have four hours to practice I will recommend this plan:
1 1/2 hour - scales, etudes
1/2 hour - sight reading
1 hour - repertoire 1
1 hour - repertoire 2

I am actually based in Singapore and looking for passionate students like you to train into future teachers. I may not be in the market for very long, but you can contact me if you want to take your chance with me. smile


Edited by CWPiano (10/03/12 09:04 PM)
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