The topic came up about getting excited about playing the piano. That idea usually comes from something or someone. I'm guessing "someone"! So thought it would be inspiring and interesting for us piano teachers to think back and hear stories of what made your "favourite piano teacher" your favourite.!
So I'll start, but you have to promise to chime in here and share your favourite teacher! stories!
So I had two favourite piano teachers actually; one was classical and the other one was my jazz and blues piano teacher.
My Classical piano teacher had an absolute love for the piano and an absolute "love" to teacher others to love the piano. She also had a cat that she loved and she left a window open (all winter) for this cat. Who could come and go as it pleased, and it did. She taught theory and expected you to get 100% in all theory exams, so she wasn't that happy with me when I got 97% and 98% in my theory exams!
She was 80 years old when I started with her. She was my inspiration for 5 years. Then one lesson I went to her house and she was put on bed rest by her doctor. She had one of her Grade 9 students teach while she shouted orders from her bed where she was "listening" in the next room. She'd yell, "David"!! (that was the student teaching for her that day) "SLOW HER DOWN, SHE'S PLAYING TOOOOOOOO FAST"!!!! She died three weeks later, and two weeks following her death, I played my Grade 8 practical exam. During the whole exam, tears poured down my face. Don't think the examiner noticed as I was facing the opposite direction. Oh, & I passed the exam too! But I remember the joy of those tears knowing I had had one of the best piano teacher's ever!!!! I still think of her and smile!
My jazz/blues piano teacher was cool! He was a performer, loved it, got paid handsomely for it. He taught me the fun side of playing the piano and he honestly wanted to share his love of playing exciting music. He had a quote that was inspiring and challenging, and I will never forget it!
He had a professionalism. His quote was this,"An amateur practices until he gets it right, but a professional practices til he can't get it wrong"!
Favourite piano teachers . . . where would we be without them!