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Discussion in 'General' started by pianolady, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    I just signed up for piano lessons. (I can hear all of you clapping and shouting "it's about time")

    I don't start until early January, but I'm very excited and hopeful that I'll improve my technique.
     
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    Yesss.... at LAST !!! :lol: :p

    You are taking lessons again, I guess ? After how long ? Is it 'just' a teacher or also a performing pianist ? In the latter case, make the most of it regarding interpretation, and don't only focus on technique.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Ha ha ha.

    It's been about 25 years since my last lesson. (Boy, am I old :( )

    This teacher is a young man who has a doctorate degree in piano performance. I've seen him play and know that I can learn a lot from him. It's not going to be cheap, though. :shock:
     
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    There seems to be a lack of cheap classical piano talent around my area. I would like to take lessons again, but what is offered is expensive and not much is gained (I believe I do better on my own than having a teacher, afterall, thanks to this site, the few individuals who comment and critique my submissions are, as I view, my teachers.)

    Congrats! I hope he isn't a thickheaded drill instructor. :lol: :wink: But sometimes that is ok.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    yeah, I've gotten a lot of help from the gang here, too.
    I hope my new teacher has a good sense of humor. :)
     
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    I agree it is expensive, and perhaps not affordable for many young people. But the gain can be huge if you find someone who has concert experience and is sympathetic to you. May not be so easy to find though, except in the big cities. It takes me a lot of time to travel into Amsterdam every 3 weeks (even though I work in the Amsterdam outskirts) but I feel it is worth it.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Techneut, how many minutes long are your lessons? And you go once every three weeks?
    I would like that. Or even one every two weeks.

    I will be having one-hour lessons once a week. My family will just have to do without desserts for awhile. :) (and bread, meat, eggs, milk....)
     
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    I have a 2-hour lesson every 3 weeks. And even that I find too short :shock: Somehow it's always finished just when I'm getting into swing. Lately we've taken to playing 4-hands for half and hour or so, just pick one of the Dvorak Slavonic dances and see how it goes. Great fun ! I hope I can record some one day.
     
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    Great that you found a piano teacher with performing experiences!
    I like too the idea of having lessons every some weeks for two hours or so. Recently I got a two hour lesson by a young teacher, to give hints for that g minor Chopin ballade. It was very helpful. The costs were 60 Euro for 2 hours, what seems to be not very much I think. May I ask what it costs for you per hour, Pianolady and Techneut?

    I think if one is lucky enough to find a really competent teacher, it is worth the money. Although I agree with Juufa72 that this will be a problem as student or if beeing unemployed. And Juufa72: if you look for "cheap classical talents" this will be very difficult - either it is cheap or the teacher has talents, rarely he/she is both ...
     
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    I will be charged $60 per week for one-hour lesson.
     
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    that's quite a lot.

    So you will pay him 60$ a hour woww
     
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    I pay 40 euro per hour, which would be, dunno, 35 dollar ? This is quite reasonable given that Evelina is a very good and motivated teacher as well as an excellent concert pianist. But I would not be surprised if the price goes up one of these days, it's been the same for almost 1.5 year now, and that can't last forever ...
     
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    In contrast I was (actually the parents were) paying $12/30min lesson once a week. My teacher had emphasis on Jazz/Music Theory/Improv. He does lots of gigs in restaurants, bars, dances, weddings, etc. His strength was in "modern" pianism but when it came to classical he wasn't as strong in knowledge and tips.
     
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    In sydney consevatory and wollongong(same but different branch). Its cost 65$(australian dollars) It cost me 45$/h 10 years ago, and now went up to 65$.
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    54$ per 45 minutes. In private lessons, you will be paying about 25 to 65$ an hour and depends on grades and expereiences. Master class, you are looking at 200$ PLUS per hour..what a hec.. With all that money, dnt you think its better, go and to the music degrees-part time/???


    So here you go.
     

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