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#2256811 - 04/04/14 02:48 PM What made your favourite piano teacher your . . . favourite!  
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The topic came up about getting excited about playing the piano. That idea usually comes from something or someone. I'm guessing "someone"! So thought it would be inspiring and interesting for us piano teachers to think back and hear stories of what made your "favourite piano teacher" your favourite.!

So I'll start, but you have to promise to chime in here and share your favourite teacher! stories!

So I had two favourite piano teachers actually; one was classical and the other one was my jazz and blues piano teacher.

My Classical piano teacher had an absolute love for the piano and an absolute "love" to teacher others to love the piano. She also had a cat that she loved and she left a window open (all winter) for this cat. Who could come and go as it pleased, and it did. She taught theory and expected you to get 100% in all theory exams, so she wasn't that happy with me when I got 97% and 98% in my theory exams! grin She was 80 years old when I started with her. She was my inspiration for 5 years. Then one lesson I went to her house and she was put on bed rest by her doctor. She had one of her Grade 9 students teach while she shouted orders from her bed where she was "listening" in the next room. She'd yell, "David"!! (that was the student teaching for her that day) "SLOW HER DOWN, SHE'S PLAYING TOOOOOOOO FAST"!!!! She died three weeks later, and two weeks following her death, I played my Grade 8 practical exam. During the whole exam, tears poured down my face. Don't think the examiner noticed as I was facing the opposite direction. Oh, & I passed the exam too! But I remember the joy of those tears knowing I had had one of the best piano teacher's ever!!!! I still think of her and smile! grin

My jazz/blues piano teacher was cool! He was a performer, loved it, got paid handsomely for it. He taught me the fun side of playing the piano and he honestly wanted to share his love of playing exciting music. He had a quote that was inspiring and challenging, and I will never forget it!

He had a professionalism. His quote was this,

"An amateur practices until he gets it right, but a professional practices til he can't get it wrong"!

Favourite piano teachers . . . where would we be without them! grin

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#2256938 - 04/04/14 08:26 PM Re: What made your favourite piano teacher your . . . favourite! [Re: Diane...]  
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My favorite teacher was a former symphony director, a little rotund guy with stubby fingers. He had a marvelous painting of himself in his front room wearing white tails and conducting. We had a deal where my parents who had a music store would provide him with an organ for his home, and in exchange he would come to our home (others had to go to his home) to give me my weekly piano / organ lesson. But what I especially loved was that almost every week he would bounce up the sidewalk and front steps holding a piece of sheet music, often handwritten and notated by a close friend of his. But he was always so enthusiastic, he would immediately throw it up onto the music rack and begin playing. I try to remember this and do the same to my students. But I'll never be able to repeat his enthusiasm. Very memorable.

#2257077 - 04/05/14 07:34 AM Re: What made your favourite piano teacher your . . . favourite! [Re: Diane...]  
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My favorite teacher is my current piano teacher - I've been seeing him since I was a teenager. I'm in my early twenties now, so we have known each other for seven years. He's been very supportive of all my endeavors musically, and non-musically. He taught me how to intepret, phrase, listen - how to be musically independent in essence (before him, I was taking lessons from an older fellow who gave me directions to where to put the 'phrase breaks' in every piece of music, 'pausing' at the end of the phrase never felt natural because I was told to pause). I was also given so many instructions on accents, dynamics, etc, etc.

My current teacher suggests, he encourages me to listen with my own ears. Everything started to make so much sense when I started seeing him.

I have also had many other teachers along the way who I have admired a lot. There is a lecturer in the place where I study, who was present at my entrance interview. I have a particular fondness for him, possibly because he was one of the people who probably agreed to let me in, but more particularly because he showed a lot of interest in my musical interests. You see, I took a gap year in the middle of my music degree, and in that time I studied to become a chef, I loved this experience and I intend to go back to the kitchen once I finish my degree. When I went back to university, after my gap year, that particular lecturer encouraged me to consider writing a paper in music and food studies.

I also remember my teachers in primary school - my kindergarten teacher (I also had her again in second grade) played the piano and sang, and I wanted to be just like her. I feel extremely privileged to have crossed paths with her, I do often wonder if I'd be so interested in playing the piano if it wasn't for her!

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#2258769 - 04/08/14 04:22 PM Re: What made your favourite piano teacher your . . . favourite! [Re: Diane...]  
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Come on along now. You "piano teachers's" aren't THAT OLD that you can't remember a story or two of good moments with good teachers?!
Maybe the others never had a "favourite"! grin

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