This was one of my favorite posts. And it applied to my many teaching venues, including California’s Central Valley where I taught for years after leaving hometown NYC.. Finally in Berkeley, the “neighborhood” phenomenon is REAL and influential when choosing a piano teacher.
Well into the Millennium, the “neighborhood” piano teacher is in full bloom. Countless telephone and Internet inquiries about potential music instructors focus on LOCATION. “So where do you live?” (Not how do you teach?)
In the Bay area, one can be sure that Richmond and Oakland are off the map. Even Richmond Annex is considered a dark alley to be avoided. What’s going on? How about Richmond Point, a snazzy enclave with homes worth millions? Sorry, but it’s still “Richmond.”
Oakland has so many quaint streets and neighborhoods. OOPs did I say “neighborhoods,” an ugly label that’s fast becoming a stigma for so many fine piano teachers who’ve carved their sterling reputations over decades but refuse to leave their time-honored homes on the edge of town.
The same prejudice applies to Fresno, but in a different way. Well, not exactly. West Fresno is verboten and that’s ironic because our city…
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