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Do y'all like your teacher? #583754
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I just want a hear a little bit about your experience with your teachers. My current teacher is my third so far, he's been teaching piano for about thirty or thirty-five years. Tall and skinny guy, I really respect him. He's kind of an all-about-music, blunt, sort of teacher. Like, I'll play a piece for him, and he'll have three or four comments, and that's it. No discussion, next piece. Totally different from my previous teacher, who was more like, "oh how do you feel about how you just played?". But it works so well, because I find that if you just listen to what he says, he'll sculpt you into a much better pianist.

His students have gone on to places like Julliard, Peabody, Berklee, so I feel I can trust his word. He's also big on recitals and competitions, which I think is good because he's all about advancing his students to the proverbial next level. Anyway, I want to hear what y'all have to say about your teachers.

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Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583755
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Yes, very much.

He kicks my ***.

Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583756
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What Brendan said. I like my teacher very much, and she kicks my ***.

Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583757
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Mine uses a paddle.

It's ok, except for the bruising.


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Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583758
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What everyone else said. laugh whome


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Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583759
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I have yet to find any teacher that I think is good enough. (Not that i don't like them, I just think it's not worth the money)

Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583760
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I have been with my teacher for 8 years now. When I first got him, I hated him because he pushed me further than I thought I could handle. I wanted to quit for 3 years, but both he and my parents wouldn't let me. Now, I absolutely love him. He gives me a lot of motivation to get better. He is 90 years old, and every lesson, we talk about random stuff for 30 minutes before the lesson begins. The 2 of us have become great friends. He still pushes me just as hard, but I now know that it is all for the better.


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Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583761
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I'm with SMD on this one--but at the same time, it's important to say that I'm not planning on "going anywhere" with my skills, in the sense that I'm not going to get a degree in music, nor will I expect any sort of performance career. I've had 3 major teachers in the last 5 years, and each have been invaluable for my development, but I've decided it's time to just loosen up a bit and take my own route. Besides, I've always been somewhat suspicious of "formalist teaching," particularly in artistic fields (don't get me wrong, though; I understand its importance, to a degree). So, that's that.

I really like my most recent teacher, though, who is Polish and mostly blind. He has an absolutely astounding ability to create lyrical phrases out of any musical line and has an almost incredible control over dynamics and pedalling; no matter how terrible the piano is, his performances come through brilliantly. He also has a tremendous memory and is one of those people who can learn a piece almost entirely by ear, or off the page within a few hours (he once took about 30 seconds to scan through the 2nd variation of La Campanella (with the melody in the left hand, followed by that evil triplet-right-hand part), and then played it "perfectly" (much better than I could, after a few weeks of practice) after one try. It all comes so effortlessly to him!

Anyway, his brilliance also kind of caused me to back away from lessons. Afterall, if a man that talented and qualified (Ph.D from Rice, several degrees from Poland, CDs of the Chopin concerti, etc.) is teaching college prepatory students like myself, who have but an inkling of ability, in a Rice practice room...well, where could I possibly be in 15 years?

I think I'll be happier learning my "own" pieces at my own pace, just having fun.

Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583762
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My teacher is freakin' great! He's got the most interesting ways of helping me get over my problems, and can be intimidating without being offensive. One thing that annoys me, though, is how he belittles me most of the time.

Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583763
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Yes, very much.

He kicks my ***.
same here.


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Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583764
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I've never had a paino teacher, so can't really comment. I've been slowly teaching myself and studying the works of Mozart, Clementi etc to gain some kind of knowledge, my terminology is awful.

Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583765
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I hung on every word my teacher said forty years ago. There comes a time though, at least for the creative aspect, where you finally have to be yourself. It took me rather too long to do this because of the overwhelming nature of his raw musical ability. The fact is that musical gifts, beyond a certain obvious level are neither necessary nor sufficient for creative purposes.

I did not understand this for many years because of his power. Aside from this he was the right teacher for me at precisely the right time of my life.


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Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583766
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I worship my teacher.

This is the beginning of the 5th year. He has taught me so much, and not just about piano and music. He constantly encourages me; and his intelligence, playing, good nature and sense of humour does so even more. He is an exceptional organist and specialises in Bach, and his improvisation skills are astonishing. I am taught first thing on Monday morning before my lessons start and I always leave in a happy mood – which immunises me against any problems that may occur in the week. thumb


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Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583767
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Yes, very much.

He kicks my ***.
My teacher is so gosu, sometimes he pwns me liek a noob lol rofl. omg gg no re. ^_^ uber micro!

But seriously, my teacher fits my style of learning very well, and it seems he always has a good remedy for problems that occur in the music, and how to treat them in a very musical way without being too pedantic.

Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583768
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My teacher is so gosu, sometimes he pwns me liek a noob lol rofl. omg gg no re. ^_^ uber micro!
lol i luv it wehn teh narb say gg rofl noob lol lmao ppl r sooo pwnage

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lol omg i pwn liek so many noobs and stuff rofl lol gg

Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583770
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omfg r u liek a 1337 h4x0r?

Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583771
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I hate this stuff.

Write English! mad

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My teacher is incredible.

byh the way.

Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583773
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I like my teacher, too. He's patient and kind, except when he's impatient and demanding. An all-around sort of guy, you might say. Seriously, any teacher who can get me to play Bach and like it is a genius. I'm playing Bach. I like it.


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I've just changed teachers. And what a difference a good teacher makes! Whilst the previous one seemed mostly intent on my hitting the right notes, the one I've got now gives more relevance to dynamics, rythm and that use whatever is needed for the passage, be the forearm, fingers, etc.

And what a coincidence! We share the same Alexandre Technique teacher.

I've given her this forum url. Hope she pops up some time!

Neus

Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583775
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Thanks for my teacher so much either tolerance & sharing!
My teacher plays is incrediable even with a poor piano.(sound just like a cd):>

Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583776
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I have a new teacher as of late August... I like him a LOT. He's a perfectionist, very detail-oriented. I've yet to play an entire piece all the way through (other than my very first evaluative lesson).

When I play he gets up and wanders away from the piano, listening and yelling stuff back to me. It was disconcerting at first, and difficult because I wasn't used to playing and being spoken to at the same time. But, his commentary is quite specific and appropriate, and I can make the changes in real time and hear the difference.

I'm exhausted at the end, but it's by far the most learning I've had packed into what seems to be an itty-bitty hour. smile

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My teacher is absolutely wonderful - she is patient, understanding, polite, professional, funny and my "therapist". She is just what I need.

I had another teacher but started to lose my enthusiasm because I wasn't learning to be musical. In fact, I didn't really know what it meant to play musically until I started with my current teacher. She really helps me a lot with technique from my fingers up to my shoulders and use of my whole body. We really analyze the pieces to death, which I really love to do! She is a wealth of knowledge whether it be about the psychology of learning or composer biographies!

I wish I could have her move into my home and be my full-time teacher/friend! smile


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My teacher is great. One of the reasons is that he only has a few students (he plays professionally full time) so he can devote more time to my lesson. Tuesday night I was there for an hour and a half... it is never rushed. I play, he instructs, we talk theory and history, he plays. Each week he burns a CD for me to listen to, some of which I have to learn to play by ear and some of which I transcribe. I told my wife after his weeks lesson that I cannot describe how much I enjoy learning with him.
My old teacher taught dozens each week, was always rushed... he was late coming from his last lesson and at the end of my lesson he had to tie it up quickly to teach the next student. He never really remembered what I was working on either.

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I’ve been working with my current teacher for 5 years now – all my years at the Academy (I graduated this year), she’s 76 years old, has so many years of experience, knows practically everything there is to know about music… She plays so well, has an amazing technique and at the same time manages to create such beautiful images… The only problem we’re having is that she’s a little too academic and severe, and many times it’s her way or the high way… And I love freedom in music, I like to express my feelings, to be myself, and she doesn’t always allow me to do this. In rest – she’s a great professional and has a very strong personality. She helped me a lot improve my technique, my style, my capacity of understanding, my self confidence. She helped me feel stronger.

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I just want to welcome the young pianist from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, a small country just above Romania. Their native language is a version of Romanian called Moldovan. (Moldovan, like Romanian, is a Romance language related to Italian, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.) Russian was taught in schools until Moldova gained its independence, when Moldovan became the official language once again. Moldova is known in the region for its fine wines, I believe.

Welcome, friend!


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Hello, AaronSF, am really so surprised that you know so many things about Moldova. You're mostly right about everything, excepting for the fact that our language IS romanian, not moldovan. The whole "moldovan" thing is just a communist strategy, too unpleasant to talk about in such a nice forum.
We do have a very good piano school here in Chisinau, I just graduated the Academy and am in my first year of master.
Am very glad that I found this forum, it's a great place to talk about music, it's only my second day here, and I hope to learn many interesting things from all of you.
Thank you so much for your warm welcome.

Rain

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I adore my new teacher and what he can teach me.


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Re: Do y'all like your teacher? #583783
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My teacher is a pimp. He knows everything about the piano. I mean everything. He is great. He is old, italian, drives a Jaguar and gets more *** then a toilet seat. Last lesson he played 5 of Chopin etudes from memory for me. eek


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