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Re: Physical meet-up lessons post-covid lockdown
RandomGuy #2976387 05/07/20 07:47 PM
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My teacher reported that he has heard his online students cursing more than they do at in person lessons.

Anyone else have observations like this?
I figure I am about equal opportunity for swearing whether in person or online.


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Re: Physical meet-up lessons post-covid lockdown
RandomGuy #2976411 05/07/20 09:48 PM
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If a young student were to curse, I would respond, "I'm not old enough to hear such language!"
It works by confusing them and breaking tension.


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Re: Physical meet-up lessons post-covid lockdown
Dr. Rogers #2976426 05/07/20 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Dr. Rogers
I might just throw in the towel altogether.

Just before the so-called pandemic hit, I moved out of my home due to a divorce. I bugged out in fear of my safety, and of course I was not able to take my concert grand with me in my car. I don't even know if it still exists - my (now ex-)wife had been threatening to set it on fire for months.

Thankfully I was able to rent studio space, but it was clear across town (and actually in a suburb), so I lost about half my students due to the increased distance. Then about two weeks later, the stay-at-home orders hit.

A few stalwart students wanted to continue lessons even after the lockdown orders, but I told them to stay home and stay safe. (I'm actually very skeptical about this "virus" myself, but I won't take chances with my students.)

None of them has asked for online lessons - I just don't do them. I've taught online in the past, but hated the whole experience. It's not for me. Count me as a technophobe.

If any of my students want to continue after the lockdown orders are lifted, I will gladly take them back. I need the money badly. But due to the uncertainty of the divorce, I don't know if I'll be able to teach long term.
I just saw this. I'm really sorry to hear this. I know sometimes divorce hits rather suddenly. Good luck and good health to you.


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Re: Physical meet-up lessons post-covid lockdown
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Originally Posted by malkin
My teacher reported that he has heard his online students cursing more than they do at in person lessons.

Nope. I have one student that curses, but that started to happen long before COVID-19.


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malkin #2976977 05/09/20 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by malkin
My teacher reported that he has heard his online students cursing more than they do at in person lessons.

I've never had any curse. I did have one student years ago who, one time when she was angry about some difficulty she was having in the music, delivered a swift kick to the front of my upright piano.

There may have been one or two frustrated, stinging slaps to the keyboard over the years from another student or two, as well, but no language that I ever recall, and none recently. My current bunch is a pretty calm, even-tempered group.

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Two months ago I made a post full of uncertainty and anxiety to this thread. Now I'm resurrecting this thread to provide an update.

Things are going much better for me now. My divorce is still ongoing, but as of now everyone is cooperating and we are moving forward.

And I have my Baldwin concert grand back! My soon-to-be-ex-wife agreed to let me have it. This past Sunday, it was moved into the house where I'm renting rooms. It is a rather large piano for this house, but it just barely fits and actually sounds pretty good (as long as I keep the lid closed). Thankfully my landlady is also a pianist, so she doesn't mind devoting so much of her house to a large piano!

We moved my landlady's smaller grand (5'6" I think) into one of the rooms I'm renting, and I'm setting it up as a teaching studio for when the virus scare has passed.

As I write this, my landlady is practicing a Bach prelude. I love hearing Bach played live, especially when I don't have to be the one playing it!

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That is nice to hear Dr. Rogers.


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Originally Posted by RandomGuy
Interesting to hear/read the other side of the coin regarding this.
...Also interesting is that I have not heard back from most of the emails that I had initially sent out to teachers requesting lessons. ...

Keep up faith. I always have to send a number of emails and make phone calls before I find a teacher. Sometimes I wondered if it was like in the old martial arts movies, where the sensei would not accept any student who only asked once.

For the back issues you still may be able to do online lessons. I had upper back issues and since my piano at home was set up differently than at the school I ended up showing her pictures of me sitting at the bench. She wanted a different angle or something and I emailed a few more photos. If I still had trouble she was going to have me show her a video of me playing at home. I made an account on YouTube and was going to post stuff there, but she was able to adjust my posture with just the photos. Think I ended up raising up the piano stand, and relaxing my shoulders as much as possible. I was sitting at it like a desk and you should be a little higher.

That said, someone recently reached out to me. I think some teachers have lost students that don’t want to do online and are looking for zoom-friendly clients. Maybe reach out to a few again and see if they are willing to at least start with zoom and videos until it’s safe?

good luck

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So good to hear that you are moving forward, Austin! And that the 9-foot Baldwin did not go up in flames! Please greet your landlady from us. We like her already.

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Originally Posted by Dr. Rogers
Two months ago I made a post full of uncertainty and anxiety to this thread. Now I'm resurrecting this thread to provide an update.

Things are going much better for me now. My divorce is still ongoing, but as of now everyone is cooperating and we are moving forward.

And I have my Baldwin concert grand back! My soon-to-be-ex-wife agreed to let me have it. This past Sunday, it was moved into the house where I'm renting rooms. It is a rather large piano for this house, but it just barely fits and actually sounds pretty good (as long as I keep the lid closed). Thankfully my landlady is also a pianist, so she doesn't mind devoting so much of her house to a large piano!

We moved my landlady's smaller grand (5'6" I think) into one of the rooms I'm renting, and I'm setting it up as a teaching studio for when the virus scare has passed.

As I write this, my landlady is practicing a Bach prelude. I love hearing Bach played live, especially when I don't have to be the one playing it!

Great to hear Dr. Rogers. Continued positive thoughts flowing your way.


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Originally Posted by RandomGuy
Interesting to hear/read the other side of the coin regarding this.
...Also interesting is that I have not heard back from most of the emails that I had initially sent out to teachers requesting lessons. ...

Keep up faith. I always have to send a number of emails and make phone calls before I find a teacher. Sometimes I wondered if it was like in the old martial arts movies, where the sensei would not accept any student who only asked once.

For the back issues you still may be able to do online lessons. I had upper back issues and since my piano at home was set up differently than at the school I ended up showing her pictures of me sitting at the bench. She wanted a different angle or something and I emailed a few more photos. If I still had trouble she was going to have me show her a video of me playing at home. I made an account on YouTube and was going to post stuff there, but she was able to adjust my posture with just the photos. Think I ended up raising up the piano stand, and relaxing my shoulders as much as possible. I was sitting at it like a desk and you should be a little higher.

That said, someone recently reached out to me. I think some teachers have lost students that don’t want to do online and are looking for zoom-friendly clients. Maybe reach out to a few again and see if they are willing to at least start with zoom and videos until it’s safe?

good luck

Thanks for that tidbit Oddsox. I've been watching a bunch of YouTube video's on posture/technique and using Alfred's method books in the meantime. It seems I've been able to modify my playing a bit better that doesn't introduce any wrist pains but I'm still very interested in taking lessons for the long haul. Haven't really thought of online lessons due to the absense of person-to-person physical correction, but perhaps I'll look into it as you've brought up some good positive insight. Just need to find someone who'll take me in haha.🙈

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