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I had a very strange lesson yesterday. One in which I did not play the piano!! It had been a busy week for me with my sister visiting. Other than playing a Mozart duet together with my sister, there was virtually no practicing. I had given my teacher advanced warning last week that this might be the case. The duet is something I will be playing with my teacher at end of year evaluations and an honors recital in May. So, the fun I had with my sister playing it wasn't wasted.

I went into the lesson yesterday with my level 3 KITS Theory book. My teacher has asked me to mentor some younger students in an upcoming coaching session. So, I wanted to get some theory coaching myself from her. It was time not wasted. And other than playing a few scales, that was it on the piano. Both of us went to concerts this past weekend. Me to my former piano teacher playing the Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto with the Portsmouth Symphony. My teacher to Boston where Gustavo Dudamel was conducting the LA orchestra. So we chatted about those experiences. And you know what? I did not feel shortchanged by the lesson! I've really developed a nice relationship with my present teacher. Lessons, besides helping me with current pieces, is about generally supporting me in my musical endeavors. To this end we have started in home piano group meetings for other adult piano students. I'm having a blast!! And not one mention of the recital I had originally planned to play this past Saturday that turned out to be just too much for me to undertake.

So, I guess piano lessons can take all sorts of shapes and forms. I'm actually excited to be studying theory. Which has been my nemesis like forever. Can't get shown up by the kids. That would be embarassing!!

Anyway, I just wanted to share my recent experience. I've begun to believe that as an adult the single most important feature of piano lessons is that they should be fun. Mine are. I feel lucky.


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I often feel sad when I see posts talking about time being "wasted" by chatter or non-playing, etc..

My experience with my teacher is much like yours and I think it's richer for it. There have been lessons where we've hardly played anything and I've always learnt something.

(Actually, as the level of theory has developed it's mostly my teacher that skips it. Sometimes it makes my head hurt!)


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"Learning music" is more than "learning piano".

I have similar days with my own teacher.

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Originally Posted by Charles Cohen
"Learning music" is more than "learning piano".

I have similar days with my own teacher.
Definitely true. I've started to think of mine as my "music teacher" rather than "piano teacher".


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Think of it as a learning experience in a different way. You may not have physically played last lesson but you would have learnt some important stuff that will contribute and help you become a more advanced player. smile


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