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#956972 - 09/19/05 10:43 PM Lessons for adults
Hobie690 Offline
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Registered: 09/13/05
Posts: 16
Loc: St Paul, MN

This is a cross post...I originally posted on the adult beginner's forum, and thought it might be good to post in a place where more teachers might reply, too.

I'm finally going to pursue the life long goal of taking piano lessons. I'm now 32, and have wanted to take lessons since I was in elementary school.

I played alto and tenor saxophone from 5th grade through high school, then played recreationally on occasion during college, and haven't played sax for about 5-10 years. My point is that I can read music designed for a single note instrument. I also find it helpful at church to have the hymnal out with the music even if the words are printed in the bulletin.

Anyway....enough background information.

I'm wondering how often I should meet with a teacher to take lessons. Once a week, once every couple of weeks, once a month?

I recall from playing saxophone that once bad habits are learned that they're harder to correct, which is why I'm trying to resist the tempation to not take lessons, and just by a method boo, and have at it. I'm also thinking that once per week could be a lot for the pocketbook to bare.

Thoughts on how to approach this for someone with the level of musical background that I have?


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#956973 - 09/20/05 02:07 AM Re: Lessons for adults
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Registered: 07/14/03
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Phone a teacher and ask him or her to give you these details. Teachers vary in their requests. I'd say you need a half hour once weekly, and just be happy paying whatever is charged.

#956974 - 09/25/05 07:04 PM Re: Lessons for adults
Glyptodont Offline
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Registered: 05/19/05
Posts: 377
Loc: Wisconsin

First off, I'm not a piano teacher.

I am age 64. I take one half-hour piano lesson each week.

I choose my own selections, and my teacher is happy to listen, critique, and recommend improvements.

To contain the expense, I take half-hour lessons each week. I do NOT mess around. I come in, utter a few friendly words, open my piano books, and start to play. By economizing on the "hot air" and foolishness, we can do quite a bit in one-half hour.

Mind you, if you follow my example you must be willing to research and find your own selections to play.

Good luck to you--
the Glyptodont

#956975 - 09/27/05 02:24 AM Re: Lessons for adults
eastcountypiano Offline
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Registered: 08/07/05
Posts: 30
Loc: California
Once a week definately. After awhile increase to about 45 minutes. You will know when to up your lesson time.
Jerrie, Piano Teacher


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