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#472891 12/13/05 02:27 PM
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I'm new to this forum so if i put this in the wrong forum please pm to let me know.

I'm 19, I've been playing undispline for about 4 years which means with no proper teacher. I'm now in college and I'm a music major(voice). But I really want to be a piano performance major. I have an awesome teacher who I'll be taking private lessons from the start of january. My question is. is it possible to a piano major with such limited training?
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Nate
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Originally posted by piano-nate:
My question is. is it possible to a piano major with such limited training?
Yes. I've known many "late starters" who turned out to be great musicians. Granted, your technical facility may need some time to catch up to your peers, but it's not impossible. As you're already a musician, your musicianship is hopefully already well along its way. In my experience, singers have made wonderful pianists.

Good luck.


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Thanks alot for that comment. Its great to hear that later starters can do well.


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I think it's possible, but maybe you might
have to continue as a voice major (I think
voice training can only help your piano
playing) while working for the next several yrs.
on developing your playing to the point
where you can audition for
a performance major with the required
program, usually something like: a
Baroque contrapuntal piece, a Classical
era sonata, a substantial Romantic era piece,
and a Modern era piece--all played from
memory and with polish. Since some of
the courses for voice and piano will overlap,
you could switch to piano performance
after a few yrs. and not lose that much
time--although your stay in school would
probably be extended by a few yrs.

Since your training in piano in the next
few yrs. is going to be critical, given
the time constraints, you'd need to choose your
teacher carefully. Therefore, your description
of your new teacher as "awesome," gives
me cause for concern. What is needed here is
a no-nonsense, "old-fashioned" kind of
teacher who's going to get you ready for
the audition, not some flashy showboater who's
all talk and no substance.

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#472895 12/13/05 03:18 PM
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Originally posted by Gyro:
Since your training in piano in the next
few yrs. is going to be critical, given
the time constraints, you'd need to choose your
teacher carefully. Therefore, your description
of your new teacher as "awesome," gives
me cause for concern. What is needed here is
a no-nonsense, "old-fashioned" kind of
teacher who's going to get you ready for
the audition, not some flashy showboater who's
all talk and no substance.
Wow, you got all of that from the word "awesome"? eek
I think awesome would denote being a good teacher, but that's just me.

Anyways nate I've been playing about as long as you, but over half of the time I've been playing with a teacher. I'm a sophomore piano performance major and doing just fine I think. Just work really hard and you'll be fine. Really hard doesn't mean practice a couple hours a day btw wink really hard means like 3 times that.

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You have to start with proper hand position and doing a lot of technical expercsise in order to be able to control your fingers etc. It is very dangerous to develop bad habit +or wrong technique. Remark: Short nails! Correct sitting height.

When learning pieces, you have to start with a fingering that is logical and suits your hand and technical skill.

Piano playing requires perhaps more discipline than singing, and does perhaps not give as much as fun in the beginning.

Sheet reading and musical interpretation is not a main issue as you are familiar to sining etc.

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It's possible. A lot of my colleagues (and friends) have switched from voice or another instrument to piano. There is one guy who was a trumpet major but switched to piano, having only started playing when he was required to take class piano! So, he's been playing for not even a year and a half, and he is getting to be really good (almost competition :p ). If you aren't happy as a voice major, go for piano! It will be a lot of work (as I'm sure you are aware) but I think you should do it!


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#472898 12/13/05 11:15 PM
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Thanks to everyone for there replies. I appreciate all the encouragement. Its true that I really want to be a piano major, singing is good and all. I would rather accompany and hold recitals. I'm really aware of the work it takes. As far as my teacher goes his name is Tim Shoelesser he has been playing since he was seven and has won many competitions all through middle school. He also gave a piano concerto this past month in November. If you guys are interested in reading about him go to www.northwestcollege.edu/area/music and his bio is there. Well thanx for listening keep posting.
nate


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#472899 12/14/05 02:04 AM
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It's not impossible but would require alot of practice.

I know many a person who started piano playing at 18, 20, 40, 50, etc. who can play circles around alot of people. It's just that they have the right frame of mind and know exactly what they want to get from practicing. And you seem to know what you want to get from piano and so if you practice and learn as much as you can you can definately go anywhere you want with piano.

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Yes, if you're determined enough, I believe it is.


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