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J’ “Mistakes are the path toward learning.”
• [Fist pounds the table] "I abhor imperfection.”
Patience is a virtue, and patience is an absolute must in teaching anyone anything. Learning to play piano is no exception. You want your teacher to teach you at your pace, regardless of how many mistakes you make.
Question #7: What Methods Do Qou Use to Teach Piano7
J1 “I use the internationally respected blankety-blank method.”
J' “My method varies depending on the needs of each student. We can begin with.. . .”
J’ “Let’s just see what happens.”
Each teacher has his or her own method of teaching. It may be a tried and true approach, finely honed over the years. It may be a new method she just read about in a book. (Read more about method books in Chapter 19.) Whatever the method, your teacher should teach piano in a way you are comfortable with.
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True story: I once had a teacher who thought the “shock treatment” approach could apply to piano. By rapping my knuckles with a yardstick every time I played a wrong note, my teacher expected that the outcome would be perfection. The outcome was intimidation, resulting in more wrong notes, red knuckles, and a new teacher for me. It really does pay to find out about a candidate’s methods and avoid getting sore knuckles.
Question #8: Where Witt the Lessons Be Given)
J' “Right here in my living room at my Steinway.”
J1 “I am happy to teach at your home if you have a keyboard and feel more relaxed in a familiar environment.”
J1 “In the alley behind the stadium after midnight.”
As with real estate, location is everything. You don’t want any excuses to skip piano lessons. And, believe me, on hot summer days with a new movie blockbuster opening at the theater down the street, you dream up a wealth of excuses. Don’t let location be one of them.
Question #9: HoiO Much Do Qou Charge)
J’ “I require $35 per hour lesson. We’ll meet once a week, and I ask that you give me plenty of notice if you must cancel.”
J1 “We’ll schedule four lessons per month, and you pay me $200.”
J’ “How can you put a price on art?”
On average, most teachers charge between $30 and $50 per hour. However, depending on a number of economic factors, including notoriety and demand, your teacher may command upwards of $100 per hour.
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Question # 10: Do Qou Hade Annual Student Recitals)
J' “Yes. I rent the college concert hall and have a recital for all of my students. You can invite as many guests as you like, and 1 serve soft drinks and cookies at intermission.”
J1 “No, but that’s an excellent idea for this year.”
i1 “Sure, if Dad will let me use the barn.”
Playing for an audience is fun and, for many, the main reason to play the piano. A teacher can help build your audience (and courage) through annual, or semi-annual, public performances called recitals. Your teacher will plan the recital, find the venue, advertise, and prepare you. Without a teacher, you’re left to self-promote your public debut.
Glossary of Musical Terms
JWJm any of the terms in this glossary are explained at length in this book, /fl However, when you encounter an unfamiliar musical term, you can find a brief explanation in this appendix.
a tempo: Literally means “at time.” Return to original tempo. Usually appears after an accelerando or ritardando.
accelerando: Gradually get faster, like when you push the accelerator in a car. Sometimes abbreviated as accel.
accidental: Not on purpose; or a sign such as a sharp, flat, or natural, used to raise, lower, or return a tone to its natural pitch.
acoustic: Not electric.
adagio: Slow and easy, allegro: Fast and lively.
andante: Medium speed, in between adagio and allegro.
arpeggio: Literally means “harp-like.” Notes of a chord played in succession but not simultaneously. Commonly known as a broken chord.
arrangement: Adaptation of a piece of music.
articulation: Marking that indicates how to perform a musical note, such as short, long, heavy, light, and so on.
augmented: Raised by one half step. A major chord becomes an augmented chord when the 5th interval is raised one half step.
backbeat: Emphasis on beats 2 and 4; most common in rock and reggae music.
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bar: A place to buy alcoholic beverages. See also measure.
barline: People waiting to buy drinks; or a vertical line that divides the musical staff into measures.
bass: Pronounced one way, it’s a type of fish; pronounced another way, it’s the lower-sounding part in music.
bass clef: Symbol placed on the fourth line of the staff designating that line to be the tone F. Corresponds to the F below middle C.
beam: Horizontal line that connects and replaces the flags on a group of short notes such as eighth notes or sixteenth notes.
beat: A single unit of musical time.
blues: A style of music employing 12-bar form, shuffle rhythms, and specific chord progressions.