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Originally Posted by ebonyk
I'm registered for Eastman's Summer session!!! It runs from June 20 - Aug. 28th, I'm so excited!!

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Originally Posted by ebonyk
And I decided not to bother with RCM exams, but to start the Eastman program in the Fall. Putting this off to try and get "more prepared" was a silly idea. I'm not getting any younger. Eastman will be the best place for me, they will teach me exactly what I need to know to pass their juries, I'll be taking theory classes there, collaborative piano classes, ear training, etc. I'm finishing up all of RCM 5 now, I just finished theory and I'm almost done with sight reading and ear training. By end of June I'll be solid and have 5 pieces at performance level. This is good enough. RCM 6 is the start of Eastman's Level 4, and they already told me I'll start wherever I am and not to worry about it.

Full steam ahead, I say!

This is even better news! I'm glad you decided to get right in. The program sounds flexible and ready to work with people at a variety of experience levels. No need to get "more" ready. It should work out fine. thumb


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Lisa, that is great! How nice not to bother with the RCM exams. You will grow so much as a pianist at Eastman!
Oh, I hope you're right! I really like the RCM syllabus, I actually think it's great, it helped me get my act together! I'm a little reticent, deciding to not take the exams (I may still do the theory exams, though). This is one major question I have for my new teacher: what is the best route for me to take?

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This is even better news! I'm glad you decided to get right in. The program sounds flexible and ready to work with people at a variety of experience levels. No need to get "more" ready. It should work out fine. thumb

Life is short, I need to get going, LOL!!


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I've been assigned a teacher for the Summer, it's really happening, LOL!! Lorenzo Medel, here's his bio and Youtube! I'll have lessons on Thursdays, which is perfect because I'll be teaching a summer class on Tuesdays.

https://www.esm.rochester.edu/community/faculty/lorenzo-medel/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJY37Y3zeG9-vajArOf6d7w
Here he is at 11 years of age. You have yourself one gifted pianist as a teacher. I'd love to hear in the future what has to teach you.

I know, I've been watching his videos in a state of incredulity, LOL!! I'll share all secrets!


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I've been assigned a teacher for the Summer, it's really happening, LOL!! Lorenzo Medel, here's his bio and Youtube! I'll have lessons on Thursdays, which is perfect because I'll be teaching a summer class on Tuesdays.

https://www.esm.rochester.edu/community/faculty/lorenzo-medel/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJY37Y3zeG9-vajArOf6d7w
Here he is at 11 years of age. You have yourself one gifted pianist as a teacher. I'd love to hear in the future what has to teach you.

I know, I've been watching his videos in a state of incredulity, LOL!! I'll share all secrets!
I am quite jealous. He is a super talent! I think he’s going to make a name for himself if not here in Asia and certainly in the Philippines. Learn all you can from him. This level of pianists can elevate your playing because they will share the secrets of the trade and the younger they are the more open they are to share and see their students with potential. They’re less likely to be set in their ways and when they will show you a more modern and efficient approach to playing the piano. They are less likely to be dogmatic and often made comments to me like, “oh that’s the old way of doing things we’re taught to what’s easier now”

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I've been assigned a teacher for the Summer, it's really happening, LOL!! Lorenzo Medel, here's his bio and Youtube! I'll have lessons on Thursdays, which is perfect because I'll be teaching a summer class on Tuesdays.

https://www.esm.rochester.edu/community/faculty/lorenzo-medel/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJY37Y3zeG9-vajArOf6d7w
Here he is at 11 years of age. You have yourself one gifted pianist as a teacher. I'd love to hear in the future what has to teach you.

I know, I've been watching his videos in a state of incredulity, LOL!! I'll share all secrets!
I am quite jealous. He is a super talent! I think he’s going to make a name for himself if not here in Asia and certainly in the Philippines. Learn all you can from him. This level of pianists can elevate your playing because they will share the secrets of the trade and the younger they are the more open they are to share and see their students with potential. They’re less likely to be set in their ways and when they will show you a more modern and efficient approach to playing the piano. They are less likely to be dogmatic and often made comments to me like, “oh that’s the old way of doing things we’re taught to what’s easier now”
The video is 14 years old. He is about 25 now and I believe is doing a doctorate in piano.

To be honest, he's very talented, but I don't see him as a super talent when compared to famous concert pianists in terms of the level of rarity.

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He’s not a world class pianist but he’s beyond the caliber of most run of the mill piano teachers. This does not mean he’s a great teacher though in fact he’s still learning but asking the right questions from someone like him can be very enlightening.

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I only mentioned that he's my new teacher, I don't want to get in to critiquing him, please and thank you, LOL. smile


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Originally Posted by Jethro
He’s not a world class pianist but he’s beyond the caliber of most run of the mill piano teachers. This does not mean he’s a great teacher though in fact he’s still learning but asking the right questions from someone like him can be very enlightening.
I just read the thread and I'm very jealous. I remember watching that video 6 years ago and rewatching it several times, and it's strange how these things come full circle.

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Got an email this morning, I now have a University of Rochester student ID! I set up a whole online account, I am officially a student of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester!!! I had no idea it was going to be this formal and official! I get the same student ID card as anyone else, this is just so amazing, I can't believe I can do this!


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I just read the thread and I'm very jealous. I remember watching that video 6 years ago and rewatching it several times, and it's strange how these things come full circle.
Life can be SO amazing!


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Originally Posted by ebonyk
Got an email this morning, I now have a University of Rochester student ID! I set up a whole online account, I am officially a student of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester!!! I had no idea it was going to be this formal and official! I get the same student ID card as anyone else, this is just so amazing, I can't believe I can do this!

You will probably use that card to get access to practice rooms and labs - that's why you need the card. Everything is done with key cards now - they even kept track of attendance at recitals and concerts that way at my school. (We were required to attend so many performances every semester)

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Yep, Sam, it's to open all the doors, LOL! That's pretty cool if they can keep track of attendance, too.


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Got an email this morning, I now have a University of Rochester student ID! I set up a whole online account, I am officially a student of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester!!! I had no idea it was going to be this formal and official! I get the same student ID card as anyone else, this is just so amazing, I can't believe I can do this!

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Originally Posted by ebonyk
Got an email this morning, I now have a University of Rochester student ID! I set up a whole online account, I am officially a student of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester!!! I had no idea it was going to be this formal and official! I get the same student ID card as anyone else, this is just so amazing, I can't believe I can do this!

You can Lisa! It is so nice to read how happy and excited you are.


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Got an email this morning, I now have a University of Rochester student ID! I set up a whole online account, I am officially a student of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester!!! I had no idea it was going to be this formal and official! I get the same student ID card as anyone else, this is just so amazing, I can't believe I can do this!

You can Lisa! It is so nice to read how happy and excited you are.
It’s a dream come true. 🙏❤️


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I did my pre-placement tests, and they are putting me in Theory 2 and Aural Skills 2! 👍😊


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So after talking to my teacher, it looks like I'll be doing all my classes and my lesson on Saturdays for the first year. That works out perfectly! I'll be taking History of Western Music, Theory 2, Aural Skills 2, and my weekly lessons. In April 2023 I'll be playing my first jury, level 4. If I pass that jury, I'll be taking more theory and aural skills classes, plus collaborative piano. smile

In my second year, I'll almost definitely be commuting twice a week, as the collaborative piano class is on Mondays and the Aural/Theory 3 class is on Thursdays. Then I can move my lesson day to one of those. I'll also have to move the class I teach to a different day, but it'll work out, I'll just be really busy, LOL.


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Registered for Fall yesterday! I'm indeed doing everything on Saturdays so that worked out well. It's kind of a relief to know my schedule for the next year now. I also had lots of time to walk around and check out the campus and the area. Java's Cafe was nice, I had lunch there. Great chai!

Not much going on, just finishing up some pieces and getting ready for the summer session. I have about 3 more lessons with my local teacher and I'm kind of sad about leaving her. She's my biggest cheerleader, though, and has been so encouraging and excited about me going into this program, it's been very heartening. I've downloaded the Functional Ear Trainer app for the long commutes. Might as well do something musical while I'm driving, LOL.


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Have fun in your new endeavor 😃


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