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#2260020 - 04/10/14 10:44 PM You get what you pay for?
malkin Offline
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Registered: 04/18/09
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Loc: *sigh* Salt Lake City
I just read this in the local classifieds:

Piano lesson for a beginner. Only $7.00 per week for 30 minutes individually, Please call for more information 801-XXX-XXXX

I'm not a piano teacher* and It makes me cringe!


*but I meet with one weekly.
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#2260055 - 04/11/14 01:17 AM Re: You get what you pay for? [Re: malkin]
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I wonder how old the teacher is? Maybe 12? On the other hand, Utahns can be very cheap.

I paid $5.00/week back in the early 70s in Salt Lake City.

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#2260121 - 04/11/14 07:46 AM Re: You get what you pay for? [Re: malkin]
Morodiene Offline
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I'm sure she's very old and hasn't changed her rates in the past 50 years.

There was someone like this back in WI and apparently she would drink from her nipper bottle and fall asleep during lessons. Not implying that this person in the ad does, of course wink
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#2260127 - 04/11/14 07:57 AM Re: You get what you pay for? [Re: malkin]
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ha

Probably some clueless kid, as AprilMae suggested, who's hardly more than a beginner themselves.
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#2260138 - 04/11/14 08:39 AM Re: You get what you pay for? [Re: malkin]
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The only thing that we know is that somebody is offering piano lessons at $14.00/hour. That is all we know.

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#2260157 - 04/11/14 09:29 AM Re: You get what you pay for? [Re: keystring]
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Originally Posted By: keystring
The only thing that we know is that somebody is offering piano lessons at $14.00/hour. That is all we know.


Well, we might know one more thing.

The ad says "piano lesson for a beginner." There must be a reason for qualifying "piano lesson" that way. If a lesson is suitable only for a beginner, it implies some lack of capability or at least confidence on the part of the teacher.

I would argue a beginner might need a capable teacher MORE, to avoid starting out with bad habits.


Edited by TimR (04/11/14 09:29 AM)
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#2260163 - 04/11/14 09:43 AM Re: You get what you pay for? [Re: malkin]
David Farley Offline
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Loc: Illinois
Many of the piano teachers in my hometown only taught up to a certain level, and then handed their students off to someone more advanced, if they got that far and wanted to continue. But this was understood up front. They weren't bad teachers, though, at least the ones I had, and their schedules were always full. This was in the 70s.

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#2260169 - 04/11/14 10:06 AM Re: You get what you pay for? [Re: TimR]
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Originally Posted By: keystring
The only thing that we know is that somebody is offering piano lessons at $14.00/hour. That is all we know.


Well, we might know one more thing.

The ad says "piano lesson for a beginner." There must be a reason for qualifying "piano lesson" that way. If a lesson is suitable only for a beginner, it implies some lack of capability or at least confidence on the part of the teacher.

I would argue a beginner might need a capable teacher MORE, to avoid starting out with bad habits.

That's an important point, Tim. I shudder every time somebody who wants to start teaching is told they should experiment with beginners, because this is when the foundations are formed.

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