Best piano teachers in USA

Posted by: MiguelSousa

Best piano teachers in USA - 11/19/12 04:48 AM

In your opinion, who are the best teachers in USA?
Posted by: GeorgeB

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/19/12 05:08 AM

What is best for some isn't best for others.
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/19/12 09:32 AM

Originally Posted By: GeorgeB
What is best for some isn't best for others.
Exactly. Without more information the question is not meaningful.
Posted by: debrucey

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/19/12 10:01 AM

Something very vital to keep in mind is that the best performers are not necessarily the best teachers.
Posted by: Derulux

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/19/12 11:36 AM

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Posted by: Serge Marinkovic

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/19/12 12:50 PM

Vladimir Viardo at North Texas.
Posted by: Peter K. Mose

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/20/12 02:15 AM

Miguel, do you want us to list just two or three? Or five hundred two or five hundred three?
Or five thousand two or five thousand three?
Posted by: ChopinAddict

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/20/12 02:18 AM

Originally Posted By: debrucey
Something very vital to keep in mind is that the best performers are not necessarily the best teachers.


... And the best teachers are not necessarily the best performers.
Posted by: wr

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/20/12 06:25 AM

There's a person up the street who has too many cats and lives alone that I've heard is pretty good.
Posted by: Derulux

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/20/12 10:45 AM

Originally Posted By: ChopinAddict
Originally Posted By: debrucey
Something very vital to keep in mind is that the best performers are not necessarily the best teachers.


... And the best teachers are not necessarily the best performers.

For a more serious post than my last, I agree with both of you. Performing and teaching are entirely different skill sets, and proficiency in one does not necessarily translate to proficiency in the other.
Posted by: Cheeto717

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/20/12 10:47 AM

Nelita True who teaches at Eastman is largely considered on of the great piano teachers not only in the US but in the whole world.
Posted by: gooddog

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/20/12 07:56 PM

Originally Posted By: MiguelSousa
In your opinion, who are the best teachers in USA?
Mine.
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/21/12 12:23 AM

I've heard amazing things from many of my friends all around about Anton Nel.
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/21/12 12:27 AM

I would be quite curious to know how one classifies a piano teacher as 'the best piano teacher in the world/US/whatever'.

I mean what are the criteria? Is it for which students come out of them? So the teacher who produces the best soloists or the pianists with the more prominent career? Is it the one who provides excellent fundamentals of music? One who can offer a degree? One who is REALLY REALLY REALLY beautiful? etc... wink
Posted by: Kreisler

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/21/12 01:08 AM

One problem is that there are literally dozens of teachers who have excellent reputations and do amazing work with their students.

As has already been said, it matters a great deal what you're looking for in a teacher. What character and combination of technical, musical, and career advice do you want? Is the "name" of the teacher/institution important to you? What kind of career do you want beyond school? What kind of repertoire interests you? How important is geographic location?
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/21/12 05:09 PM

What about the teachers who are best for the 99+% of pupils that are not and will never be performance majors or may never get beyond intermediate level?
Posted by: debrucey

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/21/12 05:31 PM

I think it's actually harder to teach somebody like that.
Posted by: Forstergirl

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/23/12 06:43 PM

How many cats are too many?
Posted by: JessicaB

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/23/12 06:48 PM

Or a teacher that provides excellent fundamentals and instills a passion for music in her young students. Most of her students keep playing through adulthood. And some of her students have had career successes in jazz, composition and rock, but her students who have pursued careers in classical music haven't reached that same pinnacle (yet). I'll bet you have never heard of her (and are likely not to know her name ever). Still, a great teacher.
Posted by: Dave Horne

Re: Best piano teachers in USA - 11/24/12 04:34 AM

Originally Posted By: wr
There's a person up the street who has too many cats and lives alone that I've heard is pretty good.



Is that the teacher who lives next to where the dentist used to live?