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#1920578 06/29/12 11:17 AM
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My daughter broke her foot yesterday and will now most likely miss her entire competitive sport season. She is very athletic and being down for 4-6 weeks is going to be very rough - esp since summer just started.

So instead of paying her coaches and fees, I thought for a month an extra piano lesson with the teacher she had fun with might give her something to look forward to. I wouldn't want it to be more of the same thing, I was thinking if I asked him to "play" with her. The non classical music, making stuff up etc. She would keep her regular teacher at the same time. She can't use the pedals (well maybe with her left foot, but that might feel weird). But it would break up the week for her.

Would you pick up a student for a month in this kind of situation?

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Maybe the teacher could set her up with another kid for a few duet lessons.


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Hi MaggieGirl, I think it would be good use of summer free time to take additional classes focusing on composition and improvisation. smile

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I think as long as parents is upfront about it is a one month deal, then yes I will take this kind of student and make it as fun as possible and focus on composition and improvisation.


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I would hate to know I'm the #2 teacher, and that no matter how good I am, this student will quit in 5 weeks, because she prefers both sports and teacher #1. I wouldn't automatically say no, but it's not very inspiring.

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MaggieGirl, I note that less than 2 weeks ago you were detailing how your daughter's interest in theory could not be supported by lessons over the summer because of her activities. Maybe revisit that concept? You've certainly had a dramatic turnaround in both circumstances and the focus your daughter has in relation to her goals this summer.


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Originally Posted by MaggieGirl
My daughter broke her foot yesterday and will now most likely miss her entire competitive sport season. She is very athletic and being down for 4-6 weeks is going to be very rough - esp since summer just started.

So instead of paying her coaches and fees, I thought for a month an extra piano lesson with the teacher she had fun with might give her something to look forward to. I wouldn't want it to be more of the same thing, I was thinking if I asked him to "play" with her. The non classical music, making stuff up etc. She would keep her regular teacher at the same time. She can't use the pedals (well maybe with her left foot, but that might feel weird). But it would break up the week for her.

Would you pick up a student for a month in this kind of situation?

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MaggieGirl #1920700 06/29/12 03:29 PM
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Peter, thank you for your honesty.

Elissa, I would ask her regular teacher, but I don't know when she will return.

She is in a lot of pain right now, I think I'll wait until she sees the ortho and then look at options.

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If your daughter is in a lot of pain then she's hardly going to be wanting two piano teachers at the moment! This whole thread seems somewhat premature, in the light of this....


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While I was still studying classical piano, I took some lessons with another teacher who taught from lead sheets (chords). No conflict. Teacher one thought it a great idea since she could not teach that method.

I also took organ lessons at one point from teacher 1.

Might those give you some ideas?

Then again, there's always flute, violin or band instruments to experiment.

Certainly while in a music school (college) one is offered lessons from different teachers on different instruments.


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If she is in physical pain, you should call her physician!
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She has been to the ER, I'm waiting for the doc to call in an rx. They said the pain will be a couple of days. Then she sees a ortho specialist next week and they decide if she needs a hard cast (it is too swollen now). I'm not talking about more lessons tomorrow. I'm talking about in the next few weeks when she is feeling better but still unable to return to normal activities.

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I'm sorry to hear of your daughter's painful injury. Especially in the summer, that just stinks!

As for extra lessons, I think that taking lessons in composition and theory would be best. No conflict with the current teacher, and it could be very clear to the teacher doing this that it's a temporary thing. I would ask your daughter if she'd like to give this a try (once she's no longer in pain of course).


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I'm sorry to hear of your daughter's painful injury. Especially in the summer, that just stinks!

As for extra lessons, I think that taking lessons in composition and theory would be best. No conflict with the current teacher, and it could be very clear to the teacher doing this that it's a temporary thing. I would ask your daughter if she'd like to give this a try (once she's no longer in pain of course).


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[ She can't use the pedals (well maybe with her left foot, but that might feel weird). But it would break up the week for her.
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When I broke my right foot a few years ago, I tried pedalling with the left foot, and was really amazed at how quickly I was able to do it. I also didn't think it would work.



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I had a teacher ask me to give their student lessons in improvisation since that was not something she was familiar with or comfortable teaching. We had a few lessons during the summer and it was no problem.


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