5 to 7 years with time off for good behavior

5 to 7 years. I posted a link to the Master the Moonlight trial and got a teacher who said that she wouldn't teach someone the piece for the first 5 to 7 years of lessons!!!

It was a thoughtless comment. I don't mean hurtful-thoughtless, I mean not-thinking-thoughtless. She wasn't thinking of adult students who take piano lessons because they want to learn pieces. Nor was she thinking of students who are motivated, have time, and work hard.

I'm in my 50s If I wanted to learn how to do something and was told that I wouldn't be able to start for another 5 to 7 years, I would be disheartened and sad. Or angry and irritated. Wouldn't you?

One of the questions I keep asking myself and others is "Who's it for?" For teachers, I think it is worth asking yourself, "who do I like teaching, or who's my teaching for?" I often ask my students, many who are now adults, similar questions.  "Who are you playing for?"

Obviously, what she meant was that she isn't a very good teacher and it would take her 5 to 7 years to learn it herself (just kidding LOL laughing-out-loud). Maybe she meant that she teachers 4 year olds, and their hands aren't big enough to play octaves until they are at least 11 years old. Maybe she's thinking of college students who want a performing career and she will have them play concerts at some famous concert hall, or something. Actually, what she may have meant that playing the piano is complicated and that it takes a while to develop certain skills. My theory is; why not develop those skills while teaching pieces students actually want to play?

I don't know who she teaches, nor what her expectations are of her students, their ages, or basically anything else about them.

However, I know from her comment that she isn't very curious, she makes judgements before knowing facts or more information, that she isn't very kind because she started a critical discussion on social media and got others like her to chime in. I also know that she isn't they type of teacher that I would look for for myself. 

What's the point of this post? There are lots of teachers out in the world, and good ones will listen to you and align their goals with your own. It's OK to try different teachers and different methods until you find one that is a good fit for YOU.

My students are totally amazing. I am continuously proven wrong about their abilities. I thought I had a pretty high bar, but they are always soaring over it with room to spare. I've stopped making judgements, and I let my students guide the lessons, or at least I try to. . .

The unkind comments did push me into action. I created a special Couch to Concert Hall Community (Community to Concert Hall) for people who are learning pieces and want a safe, supportive, and kind place to share ideas, thoughts, motivations and everything else about the piano without bullies and trolls. It's included for free in all of the Couch to Concert Hall pieces.

Couch to Concert Hall Artists are a really great group of people to hang out with. Only people of good character and enthusiasm are allowed in.

Check out what pieces are available here

If you want to try some sample measures of the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata, you click here.

Happy Playing!

Sarah

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