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Re: Summer gap in lessons? [Re: BruceD] #2858455 06/14/19 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by BruceD
We are all so very different, in our formation, in the length of time of our piano studies, in our learning abilities, and in our level of independence from on-going regular lessons. It may be interesting to read whether or not others have summer or other breaks throughout the year, but in the long run, we need to consider what is best for our individual needs.

Don't forget that some full-time teachers need a break at times themselves. If our relationship with our teacher is a good one and we want to keep studying with that teacher, sometimes we have to be flexible, too, and relinquish lessons to allow our teachers to get caught up on family time and on the "down time" that permits them to come back to lessons as refreshed as we are after a break.

I use the summer months to spend two weeks at a local summer piano camp and the rest of the time, without the pressure of up-coming lessons, I go through new repertoire to help me decide what I'm going to work on during the next year's lessons and perhaps polish up some of the works of the past year that I want to refine for my permanent repertoire.

Others may feel that they haven't developed enough independence, yet, to skip lessons for the summer. If your teacher is willing and able to work through the summer holidays and if that helps you, then you should continue lessons over the summer.

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Bruce is spot on, again.



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Re: Summer gap in lessons? [Re: Stubbie] #2858463 06/14/19 07:42 AM
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I think the benefit of a break for the student depends on how long they've been learning (and, of course, how long the break is). If you're in your first six months or a year or even two, then a break of more than a few weeks can be problematic because so many skills are still not fully ingrained. After that point, a longer break can work and even be beneficial--it becomes a matter of personal preference.

A break for the teacher makes a lot of sense, especially for those with a full load of students. Everyone needs change of routine now and then. Hopefully they will have factored several weeks off into their fee schedule so they don't suffer a financial hit.


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Re: Summer gap in lessons? [Re: Stubbie] #2858468 06/14/19 07:56 AM
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My teacher also teaches through the summer. We're using the time to go a bit off the beaten track and work on a few more challenging pieces. I'll be working on a Bach invention, a Kuhlau sonatina and piece from the movie "The Piano" called Big my Secret. It feels good because I'm also a teacher, so I'm off for the summer and have lots of time to dig a little deeper.


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Re: Summer gap in lessons? [Re: Stubbie] #2858507 06/14/19 10:27 AM
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I actually just started taking lessons with a teacher. I was able to save up knowing that the local music store offered a summer session, so I signed up for the 10 week session. Assuming that it goes well, I hope to continue beyond, but I think as a rule, their lessons are structured into semesters in the way that school is when you are a kid.


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Re: Summer gap in lessons? [Re: Stubbie] #2858656 06/14/19 07:55 PM
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1) What BruceD said.
2) My lessons are year round, but with time off either for my travel schedule or my teacher's.
3) Flexibility and teamwork - with those guiding principles, you should be able to work it out. .


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