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where to take lessons?

Posted By: bach2bass6

where to take lessons? - 08/05/04 01:39 AM

i live in the washington dc area and will be attending catholic university of america in the fall. although ill be majoring history, i also plan to take piano lessons in the music college there.

i was just wondering if that would be better than getting a private teacher.
Posted By: Candywoman

Re: where to take lessons? - 08/05/04 02:39 AM

Sometimes you can save money by taking lessons through the college as a course. This is because the lessons are subsidized by the government.

Sometimes the teachers at a college have higher degrees and performance experience. However, I got a pretty bad teacher at my university . I would try out a few teachers by asking for help on just one piece that you're working on. Don't say you're interested in anything more. That way the teacher won't feel they are being tested or compared to any other teacher. It really helps if you have a particular reason for working on that piece, say a competition or music recital.

Good luck!
Posted By: Nina

Re: where to take lessons? - 08/10/04 07:12 PM

Also check out the graduate students in performance and/or pedagogy, if the program exists. Grad students are often more flexible, understand the whole exam and class schedule rigamarole, and are much cheaper.

Some faculty won't take on extra students, or non-majors, without a compelling reason (like the student in question is very good).
Posted By: shaun bowman

Re: where to take lessons? - 08/20/04 08:00 AM

This is exactly the kind of question which cannot be resolved on a purely rational basis. There are so many imponderables involved in securing the most beneficial pupil/teacher relationship. My best advice would be to look for MUSICAL ADVICE, rather than verbal. May I suggest a visit to The Oracle at the ICHINGMUSIC web-site? There, you may posit your question, and your reading will be delivered in a musical form. If you are sensitive to that, your solution will become manifest far more readily than in a verbal form.

Posted By: HappyGoLucky

Re: where to take lessons? - 08/31/04 09:59 PM

Dear Bach2Bass6:

You posed a good question -- and with the exception of Nina - the responses are ridiculous.
This is supposed to be a forum for Piano TEACHERS for crying out loud !!!

I have a similar problem. I live in the Washington, DC area and want to start (again) taking piano lessons.

I honestly don't quite know where to start.
My piano technician came to install a Damp Chaser system yesterday, and he suggested that I contact various Piano Stores / Dealers -- who usually have some very good piano teachers that work through the store (I guess they often sell a piano with a "package deal" of x-number of lessons thrown in.) I'm not sure about that approach since I am definitely not a "youngster."

I think I am going to contact the music departments of the Universities around the area
as well as some of the small schools: George Mason University in Virginia, for example -- and see what I can come up with. The option of taking lessons from Music Grad Students sounds like a feasible option to me.

Good luck to both of us !

Virginia (from Virginia)
Posted By: Ypiano

Re: where to take lessons? - 09/05/04 06:21 PM

Have you played piano at all? If you're a beginner, you should check out the music classes schedule at your school and see if they offer elective piano classes for non-music majors. A lot of schools offer these kind of classes for non-music majors, such as voice and piano. Also, check out if your school has continuing education department, sometimes they offer music lessons together with music department or by themselves. If you take lessons through your school, not only is it cheaper than private lesson, but also you can get some credits toward your degree!

If you're more advanced pianist, then you might be able to do a minor program which you will have a better chance to study with a professor at the school. Otherwise, it would be hard to find a professor who would teach non-major student. You should look for a grad student who is actually MAJORING in PIANO, not in some other instrument and play piano also.

If you want a private lesson and don't know anyone, call the music department and ask if they have teachers list. Music departments usually keep a list of available TAs or students who are looking for students, so they can refer to some one like you who calls. Don't feel obligated to the first person you call, meet with the person and talk to them individually and see what their teaching style is and so forth, plus you need to see their personality. You have to be able to get along with the teacher, it could be the best teacher in town, but if you two don't match, well then you know...
Teachers interview who they want to accept as a student, you have every right to interview prospective teachers as well.

I assume it would be easier if you find someone close to you like on campus, but if you can't find anyone, check out MTNA listings in your area. The music department should help you, if not email someone on the piano faculty, they're are usually members of MTNA.

Good luck, hope you will find someone soon!
Posted By: Ypiano

Re: where to take lessons? - 09/05/04 06:53 PM

I think I went on too long about how to get a teacher, after I read your question, maybe you already know how to find one. I think I got confused with virgina's. Sorry about that!

Anyway, I want to try to answer your question about class vs. lessons.
If you're a beginner totally, I believe that it's more productive to take the class. With the class, you will meet at least twice a week. You won't get as much of personal attention like you would with private lessons, but you're a college student (I mean, you're not a little kid who needs constant instruction). For adult beginners, I'd recommend classes. You see your peers and get to interact with them. Listening to other people and playing ensemble pieces together...it's fun, inspiring, and good motivation.

It's just my opinion, you have to find what's most comfortable for you.

I'm sorry for my long replies...

Good luck!
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