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#954725 - 10/01/04 12:19 PM question for teachers
boliverallmon Offline
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Registered: 10/01/04
Posts: 13
Ok, my fiance and I have the same piano teacher. My fiance is doing well at the piano, but is not terribly advanced. Our teacher assigned her beethoven's sonata in G 49/2 (i think) and after several weeks of absolute frustration with the piece (due to rhythmn) our teacher gives up on the idea and really humiliates her. She is now required to perform in front of the whole school a set of 4 pieces which are easier than twinkle twinkle and each is only 8 measures long. This is a total slap in the face. I am now ****ed at my teacher for doing this. I mean last semester my fiance performed a clementi sonatina, kabalevsky toccatina, and is doing very well with bach's 2-part invention no. 1 currently. I have had many thoughts of switching teachers now. The problem arises in that I am suppose to perform an honors recital next semester and she will be doing the second piano part to the concerto I am learning. Should I still consider changing teachers? My fiance isn't pressuring me, but i now despise going to classes and even looking at my teacher. Thanks in advance.

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#954726 - 10/01/04 12:57 PM Re: question for teachers
mound Offline
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Registered: 08/10/04
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Loc: Rochester, NY
lose the teacher. life is too short to waste your time dealing with people like that.
"You look hopefully for an idea and then you're humble when you find it and you wish your skills were better. To have even a half-baked touch of creativity is an honor."
-- Ernie Stires, composer

#954727 - 10/01/04 01:31 PM Re: question for teachers
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That's horrible to treat a student that way! Someone who "shoots down" another that way will surely treat others the same way. What an awkward position for you considering you have to perform your recital with that teacher, but continuing with her, feeling as you do, could affect your passion for piano altogether - she could actually ruin it all for you!

That's just my opinion, of course.

Sorry, I'm not a teacher, but reading the first post upset me.........
"Cats make purrfect friends"

#954728 - 10/01/04 02:29 PM Re: question for teachers
boliverallmon Offline
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Registered: 10/01/04
Posts: 13
I really don't have to have her play the second part for the concerto. There are other teachers that are capable of it. I just don't know though.


#954729 - 10/01/04 02:48 PM Re: question for teachers
motoboss Offline
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Registered: 08/20/04
Posts: 34
Loc: San Francisco Bay area

We can all have a bad day, but teachers should know better than to humiliatte and kill a student's aspirations.
I've had times where something I had mastered before just fell apart a few weeks later. My teacher just encouraged me and took the time to help me through.
Find another teacher with a more positive attitude.

#954730 - 10/04/04 08:32 AM Re: question for teachers
LudwigVanBee Offline
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Registered: 06/18/04
Posts: 83
Loc: USA
She is now required to perform . . .
I'm not a teacher either but don't you think you may just have the right to stand up to this person? Or are you and your fiance going to lay down and take it? The best way to deal with bullies is to stick back in their face and the hell with the consequences.
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#954731 - 10/04/04 09:34 AM Re: question for teachers
Lightnin Offline
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Registered: 07/17/04
Posts: 210
The person writing the payment check has all of the options. You should find a teacher that is acceptable to you.

#954732 - 10/06/04 03:52 AM Re: question for teachers

hey boliver, i concur with the others

it is annoying changing teachers though, cant you think of any option?

perhaps concieve an elaborate scheme to make her life a living hell?

or just find another teacher, the choice is yours ;\)


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