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#2280138 - 05/23/14 02:59 PM I found a music academy in my area (any thoughts?)
JohnnyP702 Offline
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Registered: 04/24/14
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I wanted an opinion from those of you who have taken lessons as adults. What do you think about this local program? They did mention that they have difficulty filling an adult class so I may have to opt for their private lessons package.

http://www.nsamusic.org/index.php?path=NSA_PROGRAMS/NSA_PIANO_PROGRAM

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#2280214 - 05/23/14 06:27 PM Re: I found a music academy in my area (any thoughts?) [Re: JohnnyP702]
Rerun Offline
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Registered: 01/28/07
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Loc: Louisiana
Originally Posted By: JohnnyP702
I wanted an opinion from those of you who have taken lessons as adults. What do you think about this local program? They did mention that they have difficulty filling an adult class so I may have to opt for their private lessons package.

http://www.nsamusic.org/index.php?path=NSA_PROGRAMS/NSA_PIANO_PROGRAM


Probably has something to do with the security clearance required to enter the classroom where it's taught. cry
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#2280233 - 05/23/14 07:16 PM Re: I found a music academy in my area (any thoughts?) [Re: JohnnyP702]
malkin Offline
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Registered: 04/18/09
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Ha ha rerun!
It is a different NSA!
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#2280255 - 05/23/14 08:21 PM Re: I found a music academy in my area (any thoughts?) [Re: JohnnyP702]
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did not particularly appeal to me. The mention of a group class fills me with dread, lectures and presentation while they might be beneficial just sound like filler.

I think if you are considering tuition there is nothing more beneficial than one on one sessions. For those concerned about money (and who is not) then fortnightly lessons are an option.
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#2280309 - 05/23/14 10:45 PM Re: I found a music academy in my area (any thoughts?) [Re: JohnnyP702]
noobpianist90 Offline
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Registered: 07/23/13
Posts: 383
Loc: India
A friend of mine took classroom system piano lessons at a local music academy. He found it really inefficient. Apparently, they were all taught the same thing, and they each practised with headphones on a digital piano and then the teacher would go listen to each one separately and correct them.

In my opinion, learning piano should be one on one with the teacher, at least at the initial stages. I would say go for the private lessons if you're serious about the piano. Once one has crossed the beginner threshold and can call himself/herself an intermediate/advanced player, I think, by that point, group learning with lectures on technique, etc. would be helpful, but not, IMO at the beginner stage.

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#2280329 - 05/23/14 11:32 PM Re: I found a music academy in my area (any thoughts?) [Re: JohnnyP702]
Dave B Offline
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Registered: 08/01/11
Posts: 1973
Loc: Philadelphia area
Community Music schools are generally great environments for all ages and skill levels. They offer ensemble and performance opportunities in a shared facility, along with your private lessons.

The learning potential of group lessons is too great to be ignored. Group lessons where you play for each other and are critiqued by your fellow students and your teacher are tremendous learning experiences for everyone involved. Seeing how other students are applying the pedagogy and how your teacher critiques other students is invaluable. The encouragement and appreciation fellow students have for each others work and artistic efforts makes for a very enjoyable time.

I can only say, "Go for it."

Enjoy


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#2280358 - 05/24/14 01:40 AM Re: I found a music academy in my area (any thoughts?) [Re: JohnnyP702]
Whizbang Offline
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Registered: 10/27/12
Posts: 788
As someone who started private instruction as a kid, I can't really attest to how group lessons work in practice.

I think these might be an okay way to start piano, but realize that for most people who choose to study formally, piano is or becomes an apprenticeship. My teach doesn't talk about the group lessons he took at university. He talks about the teachers who mentored him (as I talk about him as a mentor.)

People learn music at DRASTICALLY different rates. Group classes will constrain you to materials that cater to the slowest student among the group. When everyone's starting, that is probably okay. After a while, if you go with instruction, you need someone who can look specifically at you, know you as a student, and deal with where you are.

It's not like private instruction will suddenly superpower you. It's more that you're not having to have a teacher that's compromising instruction due to the need to serve 8 people. Burden is still on you but you have an ally (hopefully)
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#2280630 - 05/24/14 07:17 PM Re: I found a music academy in my area (any thoughts?) [Re: JohnnyP702]
JohnnyP702 Offline
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Registered: 04/24/14
Posts: 7
Well, I appreciate the advice. I'm going to meet with one of the private tutors next week and hopefully I don't pass out when they tell how much it will cost. I know the private lessons are more expensive than the group class. I'm tired of wasting money on all these online piano lessons.

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#2280657 - 05/24/14 09:07 PM Re: I found a music academy in my area (any thoughts?) [Re: JohnnyP702]
EM Deeka Offline
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Registered: 10/08/13
Posts: 152
Originally Posted By: JohnnyP702
.. I'm tired of wasting money on all these online piano lessons.


Could you share your experiences ?

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