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#2086314 - 05/21/13 03:08 PM Alternative to Private Lessons
johnbarnesiii Offline
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Hello,

I recently started taking weekly private piano lessons at $75/hour but somethings came up for me and I can't afford to continue, at least for the time being.

What do you guys recommend as a replacement for private one on one study? Are online courses helpful?

Also I should add that I did not go for the traditional classical approach, but rather one that focuses on learning the basics such as scales, chords & inversions, some theory, etc. Less note-reading heavy. I'd like to be able to improvise in any key, learn rag time piano, and mainly just get a good foundation going.

Suggestions welcomed, thanks!

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#2086317 - 05/21/13 03:14 PM Re: Alternative to Private Lessons [Re: johnbarnesiii]
beet31425 Online   content
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John,

I would consider every other week (if that price point is an option) before I considered online courses.

Just my two cents.


-Jason
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#2086326 - 05/21/13 03:29 PM Re: Alternative to Private Lessons [Re: johnbarnesiii]
pianoloverus Online   content
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Maybe find some friends who are reasonably more advanced compared than you who could occasionally help you?

Are you more interested in jazz or pop music than classical?

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#2086383 - 05/21/13 05:24 PM Re: Alternative to Private Lessons [Re: pianoloverus]
johnbarnesiii Offline
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Thanks guys.

Stylistically I'm open, interested in learning a bit of everything I guess.
Every other week is good advice, I'll see if my teacher would be up for that.

I appreciate the feedback.

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#2086387 - 05/21/13 05:44 PM Re: Alternative to Private Lessons [Re: beet31425]
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Originally Posted By: beet31425
John,

I would consider every other week (if that price point is an option) before I considered online courses.

Just my two cents.


-Jason
Add my 2 cents to yours.
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#2086416 - 05/21/13 07:08 PM Re: Alternative to Private Lessons [Re: johnbarnesiii]
ChopinAddict Offline
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Or maybe half an hour a week.
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#2086427 - 05/21/13 07:38 PM Re: Alternative to Private Lessons [Re: ChopinAddict]
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Originally Posted By: ChopinAddict
Or maybe half an hour a week.


I think that an hour every other week would be more productive for an adult student than half an hour every week.

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#2086438 - 05/21/13 08:48 PM Re: Alternative to Private Lessons [Re: gooddog]
Polyphonist Offline
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Originally Posted By: gooddog
Originally Posted By: beet31425
John,

I would consider every other week (if that price point is an option) before I considered online courses.

Just my two cents.


-Jason
Add my 2 cents to yours.

And my 2 cents.

Wow, 6 cents already - OP, you should be taking this seriously! grin
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Polyphonist

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#2086444 - 05/21/13 08:50 PM Re: Alternative to Private Lessons [Re: BruceD]
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Originally Posted By: BruceD
Originally Posted By: ChopinAddict
Or maybe half an hour a week.


I think that an hour every other week would be more productive for an adult student than half an hour every week.

Regards,

More because of convenience, I think.
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#2086446 - 05/21/13 09:08 PM Re: Alternative to Private Lessons [Re: Polyphonist]
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I would prefer an hour every other week too, but some students seem to prefer once a week. Of course if student and teacher live very far from each other every other week is definitely better, but we don't know...
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#2086494 - 05/21/13 10:50 PM Re: Alternative to Private Lessons [Re: johnbarnesiii]
Peter K. Mose Offline
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Another alternative is a residential piano camp or workshop. These have been talked about quite a bit on this board. Along with two colleagues, I lead one each July in rural Massachusetts, on the campus of Williams College.

But my vote would be for you to continue with weekly lessons: find someone more affordable, or shorten your lessons to 30 or 45 minutes. Or teach yourself for free via the Internet.

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#2086887 - 05/22/13 03:44 PM Re: Alternative to Private Lessons [Re: johnbarnesiii]
Serge Marinkovic Offline
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Registered: 07/11/09
Posts: 335
Loc: United States
Have you considered asking your teacher for a limited time reduction in price? I know it's awkward but he or she is a professional and will likely consider. Teaching is a wonderful thing and I have helped many medical students in their time of need with books and/or time. I bet many of us have done the same with piano students.
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#2086891 - 05/22/13 03:47 PM Re: Alternative to Private Lessons [Re: Peter K. Mose]
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Originally Posted By: Peter K. Mose
[...] Or teach yourself for free via the Internet.


Which might end up being worth exactly what you pay for it.

Regards,
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#2086902 - 05/22/13 04:02 PM Re: Alternative to Private Lessons [Re: johnbarnesiii]
Peter K. Mose Offline
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Bruce's witty and maybe wise rejoinder reminds me to add a postscript to my suggestion of self-teaching: do still take an occasional lesson with someone, just to "check in." Maybe every 2-3 months or so.

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