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#2171362 - 10/24/13 04:23 PM Getting Sheet Music For Your Students  
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How do you get sheet music for your students?


  • You are a sheet music dealer yourself, and you sell the books at retail
  • You ask the students to buy their books, in stores or online
  • You buy the books for your students, in stores on online
  • You make copies for the students


I just HOPE that the fourth option is NOT what teachers in here do... smile

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#2171364 - 10/24/13 04:26 PM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: Florentin]  
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I ask the students to buy their books, in stores or online


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#2171371 - 10/24/13 04:33 PM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: Florentin]  
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I buy the books myself, and the students pay me back. It seems like more work for me, but I don't think it actually is. (Plus there is a huge music store close to me that I drive by all the time, so it's not inconvenient.) This way I never have to scramble to find something else for them to do if they "forgot" to buy the book I told them to, or have the risk of them accidentally buying the wrong book.

#2171374 - 10/24/13 04:42 PM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: Florentin]  
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I collect a fee at the beginning of the year as a part of registration, and I buy all their music for them.


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#2171393 - 10/24/13 05:04 PM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: Florentin]  
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Have any of you ever asked for a "teacher discount"?
I used to get a teacher discount from MelBay (even though their Piano books sort of STINK) and also from Harris Teller.

It was a long time ago, and I haven't asked for a while, but I believe it was something like 15% off. Throughout an entire year, it does add up, if you have a good number of students.

Anyone?

#2171396 - 10/24/13 05:07 PM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: Florentin]  
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No, I do not ask for teacher discount, but in local store, the manager knows me and he include the discount for me without having me asking. In online store, mostly they offer teacher discount, but I have to sign up for it.
Mostly I have pleasant experience, I do not need to ask for discount, they offer it to me.


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#2171404 - 10/24/13 05:27 PM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: red-rose]  
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Originally Posted by red-rose
Plus there is a huge music store close to me that I drive by all the time...
Just had to quote this. It seems like a dream of heaven. smile


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#2171433 - 10/24/13 06:18 PM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: Florentin]  
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Our one lonely music store has a pitiful selection and won't give me a discount. I usually stock up when I'm out of town or at a conference, then order online from the publishers to fill in.


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#2171554 - 10/24/13 11:19 PM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: Florentin]  
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I use imslp extensively. There's really no need to buy an entire book if the student is just going to play one piece in it. For the Important Books That Every Student Should Own (Bach WTC, Mozart Sonatas, etc.) I would insist on having the students buy Henle or some quality edition.

I have students who come to me with hand-me-down books from their parents and/or older siblings, and it's amazing what awful editions are out there. Just awful.


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#2171556 - 10/24/13 11:23 PM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: AZNpiano]  
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Originally Posted by AZNpiano
For the Important Books That Every Student Should Own (Bach WTC, Mozart Sonatas, etc.) I would insist on having the students buy Henle or some quality edition.

I have students who come to me with hand-me-down books from their parents and/or older siblings, and it's amazing what awful editions are out there. Just awful.

+100

I cannot believe that students think it's acceptable to buy a Dover edition of the Bach WTC, and use it to practice, and bring it for lessons. It's a joke. And there are even worse editions than that out there.


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#2171563 - 10/24/13 11:40 PM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: Polyphonist]  
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Originally Posted by Polyphonist
Originally Posted by AZNpiano
For the Important Books That Every Student Should Own (Bach WTC, Mozart Sonatas, etc.) I would insist on having the students buy Henle or some quality edition.

I have students who come to me with hand-me-down books from their parents and/or older siblings, and it's amazing what awful editions are out there. Just awful.

+100

I cannot believe that students think it's acceptable to buy a Dover edition of the Bach WTC, and use it to practice, and bring it for lessons. It's a joke. And there are even worse editions than that out there.

That happened just this past May. A student brought in the Dover edition of the WTC. Ugh! She bought it herself off Amazon. I asked her to return it.


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#2171580 - 10/25/13 12:29 AM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: Florentin]  
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Here's an example. This is from 2012, but you get my point.

http://www.alfred.com/Company/News/201208SummerPianoBrochure.aspx

#2171590 - 10/25/13 12:48 AM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: AZNpiano]  
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Originally Posted by AZNpiano
Originally Posted by Polyphonist
Originally Posted by AZNpiano
For the Important Books That Every Student Should Own (Bach WTC, Mozart Sonatas, etc.) I would insist on having the students buy Henle or some quality edition.

I have students who come to me with hand-me-down books from their parents and/or older siblings, and it's amazing what awful editions are out there. Just awful.

+100

I cannot believe that students think it's acceptable to buy a Dover edition of the Bach WTC, and use it to practice, and bring it for lessons. It's a joke. And there are even worse editions than that out there.

That happened just this past May. A student brought in the Dover edition of the WTC. Ugh! She bought it herself off Amazon. I asked her to return it.

Yes, it's terrible. And that's not even one of the ones that's edited to death by some ignorant guy in Japan who thinks he knows better than Bach.


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#2171614 - 10/25/13 02:08 AM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: Polyphonist]  
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Originally Posted by Polyphonist
Yes, it's terrible. And that's not even one of the ones that's edited to death by some ignorant guy in Japan who thinks he knows better than Bach.

I think we can start an entire new thread on what editions of music NOT to buy for students.


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#2171617 - 10/25/13 02:09 AM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: Florentin]  
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Originally Posted by Florentin
Here's an example. This is from 2012, but you get my point.

http://www.alfred.com/Company/News/201208SummerPianoBrochure.aspx

What is your point, exactly?


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#2171682 - 10/25/13 07:28 AM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: Florentin]  
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When I was just starting out returning to piano after a hiatus, I purchased first the Alfred WTC Book 1 at recommendation from my teacher. Then for a piano rep class I had purchased the Dover edition of both books since I was told I'd need book 2 for analysis. I don't like playing from either. I have since purchased Henle for Book 2 and love it. Someday I'll get around to replacing the Alfred Book 1 as well. It's fine for reference, but I don't like playing from it.


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#2171729 - 10/25/13 09:47 AM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: AZNpiano]  
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Originally Posted by AZNpiano
Originally Posted by Florentin
Here's an example. This is from 2012, but you get my point.

http://www.alfred.com/Company/News/201208SummerPianoBrochure.aspx

What is your point, exactly?


I was simply providing an example of the type of discount I was referring to. I was posting on my phone, and could not find a more current discount page.

Sorry about the confusion.

Actually 28%-50% discount is pretty good.

#2171951 - 10/25/13 05:08 PM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: currawong]  
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Originally Posted by currawong
Originally Posted by red-rose
Plus there is a huge music store close to me that I drive by all the time...
Just had to quote this. It seems like a dream of heaven. smile

For few idyllic years, not even so very long ago, I lived within walking distance of two different sheet music stores.

They're both gone now. But then again, I've also moved.

ETA: To bring this onto topic, at one of these music stores they would always ask if I was a music teacher and try to offer me a discount, whenever my greying-lady self came up to the register with a stack of beginner-ish piano books.

I always feel silly and say, "No, I'm just learning to play myself..." And on my way out of the store, the devil on my left shoulder always complained, "Why can't you just lie like a normal person??? You'd probably feel less silly..."

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#2172031 - 10/25/13 07:56 PM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: tangleweeds]  
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Originally Posted by tangleweeds
...To bring this onto topic, at one of these music stores they would always ask if I was a music teacher and try to offer me a discount, whenever my greying-lady self came up to the register with a stack of beginner-ish piano books.

I always feel silly and say, "No, I'm just learning to play myself..." And on my way out of the store, the devil on my left shoulder always complained, "Why can't you just lie like a normal person??? You'd probably feel less silly..."


A little stray off topic again...It always cracks me up at "Sally Beauty" or some other place like that when they ask "Do you have a license?" I know perfectly well that they mean a Cosmetology License, but I always pull out my driver's license and my speech-language pathologist's license which they examine rather confusedly before failing to give me a discount on my purchase of hair pins.


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#2172128 - 10/26/13 12:56 AM Re: Getting Sheet Music For Your Students [Re: tangleweeds]  
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Originally Posted by tangleweeds
And on my way out of the store, the devil on my left shoulder always complained, "Why can't you just lie like a normal person??? You'd probably feel less silly..."


good for you for not listening to the little devil on your left shoulder smile


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