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posted: 4/28/2006 at 9:51:32 AM ET
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I am going to my second piano lesson this afternoon.

Any advice on.....
How to conduct myself to get the most out of my education.

What to look for in my instructor's abilities.

What can I do to make her job easier.

What to avoid?


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North Coast NSW, Australia

posted: 4/28/2006 at 6:14:06 PM ET
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Before you arrive, write down the list of questions you have-don't rely on thinking of them while the lesson is in progress.
If you are not learning classical style, ensure that what you are going to learn includes at least some pieces you enjoy, rather than those which fit the taste-frame of the teacher.
Abilities? See above- it is very important that your teacher can teach the style of music you enjoy.
And I'm sure I don't need to mention turn off your mobile phone

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posted: 4/28/2006 at 8:14:12 PM ET
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Good luck to you. How exciting. So much to do, so little time...I'll assume you are a beginner. Give yourself some time. Be patient with yourself. If this was your second lesson with me you would have had 4-6 songs depending on your ability and be expected to follow the notes in your lesson book. The teacher should go at your pace. I'd suggest you practice the lesson you are given every day for 30 minutes or til it sounds good to you. I ask my students what do they know already. I listen to what they say and can play and evaluate what they need to work on next before I make them buy lesson books. I make my students play some songs from beginner or whatever level lesson books they are at right from the first lesson whether they are 8 or 80 if they don't know how to read music or can read some. If they have some ability I give them songs I think they will enjoy. I try to include all genres of music. Lots of methods work well and have technic built in to the songs as you progress and build your skills. GO SLOW til you get it. Strive for excellence, not perfection. Have fun, fun, fun. Ask if you don't understand what you are supposed to do. Baby songs will get you to bigger pieces. I also show them a couple finger exercizes they can do to strengthen their fingers and build their motor skills. Hopefully your teacher can assess your abilities and will give you what you need and ask you what you would like to be able to play. A good teacher usually has a recital of some kind once a year to let everyone perform and show off what they have learned if that's what they like to do. Helps to build your confidence and we have a lot of fun even if we mess up. That's what I think is important. Best wishes, hope this helps. Don't be nervous, I think you'll do fine.


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