Posted by: chihuahua

## What is the "normal" time required to learn a new exam piece (moderate length)? - 01/15/09 05:31 AM

I have posted on the teacher's forum a little introduction to my "piano"-life (I was asking teachers for some advice):

I am now taking piano lessons and planning on doing exams again after 11 years of very infrequent and casual playing of the piano. When I should be practicing at least a few times a week, I was doing something like once a fortnight.

I have now picked up my practicing momentum to something like three times a week (4 times at most).

I am concerned about how "fast" one should be able to play a NEW piece at the right speed and of course, right technique (not perfectly though).

One of my possible exam pieces would be Schubert's Impromptu Op. 90 No. 2.

I started looking at it on Thursday last, and has practiced it for about one week now. Thus far, I can only play the first two pages at 3/4 speed, and is only learning the 3rd page yesterday (wednesday). I practiced four times this week.

I know there are diploma students who can learn a new piece like Chopin nocturne or waltz (easier ones) in one month or less.

Am I a very slow learner???

Teachers and pianists out there, can you advise me please? What is the "normal" time needed for students (at diploma level) to learn a new piece?

I am now taking piano lessons and planning on doing exams again after 11 years of very infrequent and casual playing of the piano. When I should be practicing at least a few times a week, I was doing something like once a fortnight.

I have now picked up my practicing momentum to something like three times a week (4 times at most).

I am concerned about how "fast" one should be able to play a NEW piece at the right speed and of course, right technique (not perfectly though).

One of my possible exam pieces would be Schubert's Impromptu Op. 90 No. 2.

I started looking at it on Thursday last, and has practiced it for about one week now. Thus far, I can only play the first two pages at 3/4 speed, and is only learning the 3rd page yesterday (wednesday). I practiced four times this week.

I know there are diploma students who can learn a new piece like Chopin nocturne or waltz (easier ones) in one month or less.

Am I a very slow learner???

Teachers and pianists out there, can you advise me please? What is the "normal" time needed for students (at diploma level) to learn a new piece?