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Re: Logistics of dropping a student
Brinestone #2757408 08/10/18 02:19 PM
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My parents sent me to piano lessons simply because they both worked long hours and they did not want me to cause any trouble. There happened to be a piano teacher nearby so that's how I started. I was never a good piano student when I was a child - I had no special musical talent and I did not practice much. When the school work load got heavy, I stopped lessons and they did not force me to continue. When I stopped, I was working Chopin Nocturne Op.9-2 and some Mozart sonatas - all very badly to this day I never play these pieces anymore.

Almost 30 years later, I was in the "midlife crisis" mode (see my user name) - not sure what to do with my life personally and professionally. I could not afford to quit working or moving to a brand new city/country... but I knew I had to do something in my life before I went crazy. That's when I realized I had no interests, hobbies, or other skills.... Then I vaguely remembered I played the piano before, so I decided to give myself another shot. I found a teacher; signed up for lessons; bought a piano, signed up on PW; had a fight with my downstairs neighbor because the noise I was making - which caused me moving out my own place. (I created a thread here about the situation). Everything all happened within 3-5 months period. Now I am practicing whenever I can; playing pieces I never thought I could ever touch in my lifetime, and I am having a great time. Now my job is not-so-bad anymore and my life is turned around completely for the better. Everyone around me has seen the change so it's win-win for everyone.

When I talk to my elderly parents, I always let them know how grateful I am for them to sign me up for piano lessons when I was a child. The other day I was practicing Chopin Ballade No.1 - I felt it was like a documentary film of my life and I got so emotional I almost choked up in tears (of joy).

Special thanks to all piano teachers here. You are making difference in people lives - even with some below-average students like me. Do not give up on them too easily.....

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Re: Logistics of dropping a student
Brinestone #2757562 08/10/18 11:46 PM
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Dear MidLife piano, I think there comes a time in life when you want to do something for you, not only that you can share what you do with others. I don't know anyone who does not like piano music. There is more to life than just work, there has to be something you get up for every morning that you are excited about. For some it is golf, fishing, etc.... I do have a digital and an acoustic, I play on the digital with head phones to give my husband some quiet time. Playing music is good for your mental health. Below is a link to an article I published a few years ago, hope you enjoy it.


https://www.mdedge.com/fedprac/article/106295/mental-health/prescription-music-lessons


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Re: Logistics of dropping a student
Brinestone #2757623 08/11/18 09:51 AM
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This is how you do it. No drama, no hard feelings, no akwardness. I call it the last chance method.

Read the post it tells all about it.

"Time to say Goodbye"

https://www.palomapiano.com/blog-post/time-say-goodbye/


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Re: Logistics of dropping a student
pavane1 #2758081 08/13/18 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by pavane1
This is how you do it. No drama, no hard feelings, no akwardness. I call it the last chance method.

Read the post it tells all about it.

"Time to say Goodbye"

https://www.palomapiano.com/blog-post/time-say-goodbye/

In general I like the "last chance" idea you put forth, because it's concrete. However, there is one part that you probably do, but have not mentioned. Asking the student what might be wrong. Maybe there is an actual problem rather than growing disinterest. For the "last chance" idea, in addition to "call me when you can play it well" (to set up a lesson), how about also "Call me if you need help." as well? Even if everything is nailed in a lesson, it won't all be remembered once home.

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Originally Posted by pavane1
This is how you do it. No drama, no hard feelings, no awkwardness. I call it the last chance method.

Read the post it tells all about it.

"Time to say Goodbye"

https://www.palomapiano.com/blog-post/time-say-goodbye/

In general, I like the "last chance" idea you put forth because it's concrete. However, there is one part that you probably do, but have not mentioned. Asking the student what might be wrong. Maybe there is an actual problem rather than growing disinterest. For the "last chance" idea, in addition to "call me when you can play it well" (to set up a lesson), how about also "Call me if you need help." as well? Even if everything is nailed in a lesson, it won't all be remembered once home.


Yes, I only do this after all other avenues have been explored. Such as changing repertoire and trying to figure out what the problem is.

It doesn't happen too often that students lose interest (thankfully). But, sometimes they do. Usually, they come back to playing in some capacity which is good.


Doreen Hall
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bennevis #2760997 08/25/18 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by bennevis
Am I the only one here whose last video game was Space Invaders......about fifty years ago??

Maybe no-one here is old enough to remember that game.


I remember when a Pong was brought into my favorite pinball arcade. For about 6 months I was the champ of the arcade on that machine.

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Re: Logistics of dropping a student
KurtZ #2761001 08/25/18 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by bennevis
Am I the only one here whose last video game was Space Invaders......about fifty years ago??

Maybe no-one here is old enough to remember that game.


I remember when a Pong was brought into my favorite pinball arcade. For about 6 months I was the champ of the arcade on that machine.

Kurt


I sadly grin, remember both Pong and Space Invaders.



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