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My current piano teacher is moving to another country to continue her piano journey, so I am looking for a new piano teacher.

I have already contacted one new teacher that offers one free lesson to get to know each other. This time a guy in his late 20s. He charges a bit more, but is perhaps more experienced as a piano teacher and has had students for longer, than my current one who is in her early 20s.

What kind of agreements do you make with new students, and expect from them in terms of following through with any homework/practice from lesson to lesson?
Do you expect students to always follow through with tasks they are given, or do you accept that every now and then the student hasn't had any time to practice and adjust to their pace?
My problem is that my schedule is a bit unpredictable, and don't always have the energy to sit down and play. While I know it is a bad idea to not have a fixed schedule and dedicated time for practice (makes it too easy to just skip out of laziness), I still prefer to do things at my own pace instead of pushing through against my will. It's a hobby, not a job. I always show up to appointments and always pay in time. Practice in between is so-so....

Will I be "the annoying student", or is it ok as long as the student pays and shows up to appointments?

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What kind of agreements do you make with new students, and expect from them in terms of following through with any homework/practice from lesson to lesson?
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Do you expect students to always follow through with tasks they are given, or do you accept that every now and then the student hasn't had any time to practice and adjust to their pace?
My problem is that my schedule is a bit unpredictable, and don't always have the energy to sit down and play. While I know it is a bad idea to not have a fixed schedule and dedicated time for practice (makes it too easy to just skip out of laziness), I still prefer to do things at my own pace instead of pushing through against my will. It's a hobby, not a job. I always show up to appointments and always pay in time. Practice in between is so-so....

Will I be "the annoying student", or is it ok as long as the student pays and shows up to appointments?
If the teacher is making his living from teaching, you can choose how much or how far you want to pursue your hobby, as long as you keep paying.....even if you don't show up.

I'm not that kind of teacher and I don't teach adults, so my criteria is different.


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I would suggest you discuss your potential practicing issue with your potential new teacher. That is the only way to ensure you have agreement. Opinions on a forum may vary from an individual’s opinion.


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I think any studio piano teacher who deals with adult hobby pianists well knows that not every week can be a stellar week of consistent practice. Life intrudes, in a way that it doesn't for kids. But generally I find that my adult students cherish their daily 45 to 90 minutes at the keyboard, as a retreat into another realm from the rest of their stressful life.

The ones still in the work force, or raising kids, have the most challenges regarding consistent practicing.

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I hope my teacher agrees with Peter!

I keep expecting my teacher to fire me, but after about 10 years, it hasn't happened yet! He has some amazing wunderkind students, but he keeps me around. My husband has also started lessons--Hubby begins just about every lesson with a confession that he hasn't practiced. (Sometimes, I think he's a bad influence on me!)

To Peter's point, I do love all my practice time, and even when my husband doesn't practice, he loves his lesson time with the teacher.

YMMV, but best to you.

ps. Peter K Mose, I wish you would post more!


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Originally Posted by Pianotron
My problem is that my schedule is a bit unpredictable, and don't always have the energy to sit down and play.

Tell your teacher this during your first trial lesson, and you'll see how he responds. I think that most teachers will be understanding, but some may not like this. Best to know right from the start what he thinks...

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OP: you wrote … “don't always have the energy to sit down and play”.

If possible try doing just 10 minutes or even 5 when you get up (plan what to play the night before so you can go straight to it).

You’ll be fresh, I hope, and it gives your practice a good start.

Practicing every day is valuable.

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Be honest with your teacher from the outset. That way he can set realistic goals. Get him to advise you on efficient practice so that you don't waste the limited time you have.

I know logic dictates that as long as you pay, why should the teacher care. However, I don't operate that way. If there is a pattern over time of a student clearly not working, them I tell them that they need either to work properly or find another teacher. I dislike wasting my time.


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Hei Pianotron! Did you have your trial lesson? How did it go?


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