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#2060486 - 04/06/13 06:55 PM watching a piano concert on dvd
adultpianist Offline
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Registered: 12/01/12
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I have a piano concert on dvd that I would like to watch with my piano teacher. Would this be appropriate? She is my teacher not my personal friend. The reason why I wish to watch it with her is so that she can make comments to me about how the professional pianist plays, holds their hands, body posture etc.

Is this appropriate to do or should I just leave the teacher at the school and have just a professional relationship?

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#2060736 - 04/07/13 11:40 AM Re: watching a piano concert on dvd [Re: adultpianist]
cotte Offline
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Instead of this why don't you take a 1 or 2 minute fragment of the dvd to show. (Maybe upload to youtube or something, so you might watch it in class if there is a PC nearby, without the "lets sit and watch a DVD!" thing). I don't think you need to watch a 2 hour recital to make good talks about hand posture, body posture, sound quality, approach to the instrument or the repertoire etc etc etc.

I have gone through the same but with a particular CD with my Jazz teacher, I have thought many times "I'd love to hear this CD with him and analyze stuff together, see and learn how he analyzes it etc etc. But you don't want to come to a class saying, "hey can't we listen to a CD today instead of practice"? So what I ended up doing is taking only 1 song out of the CD and listening that with him. Pausing for analysis and making a nice lesson out of it.

Hope this helps.
English is not my first language, please be patient!.

#2060746 - 04/07/13 11:58 AM Re: watching a piano concert on dvd [Re: cotte]
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To be honest, it does not help. The dvd is on youtube already and I was thinking of watching the dvd away from the lesson with teacher.

#2060844 - 04/07/13 04:15 PM Re: watching a piano concert on dvd [Re: adultpianist]
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I believe it would be inappropriate for you to ask your teacher to spend time analyzing a video with you, which is work, outside of a lesson setting, unless you are paying for the extra time. You should respect your teacher's time, and that he or she have a life and probably like to do something other than work some more outside of their scheduling working hours.

I invited my children's teacher to the SF Symphony for a piano concerto, then after all of us went to a nearby restaurant where we ate, drank, talked about the event. Sure, we talked about the performance, and music, and all other things too. The children got to interact with their teacher in a non-lesson situation, and we all had a great time. Of course, I paid for the symphony and dinner, and the teacher said he had a great time.

Hopefully, you see the difference. One feels like work, while the other is a fun event. It's great to do something fun with your teacher, but it's not ok to ask him or her to work for free.

Also, watching how somebody else play is not really that useful. You teacher should be watching how you play and tell you about your posture, which she already should be doing. Correcting you while you are doing something is far more helpful than commenting on someone else doing something.
Art is never finished, only abandoned. - da Vinci

#2061022 - 04/07/13 09:23 PM Re: watching a piano concert on dvd [Re: adultpianist]
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I have to say that I never get told by my teacher about posture at all. I once had a teacher for a day who told me to sit very upright and I think I have read on here that it makes no difference how your posture is. The main thing is how you play. If you watch Helene Grimaud, she sways and slouches at the piano but she is still just as superb a pianist as someone who sits bolt upright.


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