I'm not an authority in this subject, but it
SEEMS to me there's not much diff between how you PLAY classical and rock.
They're just different songs.
You articulate and play with feeling in both types of songs.
At least, you SHOULD. (And not use a synth to play all notes
And ideally, with keyboards, you're layering sounds.
I think the teachers are just making you aware that they don't know
a ton of rock songs. And they prefer to teach you technique
USING classical music since they know it better.
My teacher is like this. And I just study rock songs on my own.
She'll help me with picking out rhythm problems and maybe a
missed note or two. But when it comes to teaching TECHNIQUE,
she'd like me to learn something she already knows.
You gotta kinda "go with" your teacher.
They'll help you BETTER if you agree to go along with the
songs they already know.
As few pop musicians as there ARE that play keyboards,
most of em learned classical music first i think.
Did Led Zeppelin even HAVE a keyboard player?
With rock, you're up against the guitar dude.
And he'll always get more chicks
(But the keyboard player is what makes the DIFFERENCE
between good rock and lame rock.)
I think you'll still want a teacher.
There's a lot to piano playin' and much of it
There's a lot I've learned from my teacher that
I wouldn't have thought would be important or
even to ask ABOUT...
Well, that's my rather long winded 2c...
Good luck to ya