Piano Lessons: A raw adult beginner moves along

Each piano student shapes his own journey with the help of a cooperating teacher.

For one particular pupil, who came to his first lesson not reading a note of music, his burning desire to learn ignited a playful romp through a set of duets. These are sourced from Faber’s Accelerated Adventures for the Older Beginner.

For our first few lessons, I used the PRIMER Piano Adventures, because I felt the Accelerated album moved too quickly, but at this FIFTH LESSON juncture, we’ve transitioned to material that seems custom-made in the adult hemisphere.

Because I’m not a dyed in the wool Method book teacher, I will wean him off the usual mass-marketed, spoon-fed pablum, and introduce repertoire that is “position”-less and drawn from contemporaries of the Masters. (Turk, Beyer, et al) But that’s in the offing.

For now we’re relishing a musical journey that’s enriched by ensemble playing.

(To this effect, I record Secondo parts or teacher accompaniments that I send to my adult students in progressive tempos. These enable baby-step practicing with harmonic enrichment)



About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: shirley_kirsten@yahoo.com OR http://www.youtube.com/arioso7 or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, http://facebook.com /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: http://twitter.com/arioso7 Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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