The funnies of finding the right piano student

Ever heard of or related web links that hook up teachers and students? It’s like when it comes to a mountain of challenges.

Here’s an On SITE sample where a music teacher BIDS for a job, like a construction worker. (Teacher Quotes are purchased as Credits)

The student SPECS

A Request From South Carolina

Student age

55+ (I may be lyin’ so don’t quote me)


No experience

Interested in following musical styles

Not sure

Lesson type

Private group lessons

Able to read music?


Does student have access to a piano or keyboard?

Something in between with bells and whistles-(It has a “Dixie” demo)

Frequency of lessons

Every other Monday, first month; every 3rd Tuesday, second month; every 4th Thursday, third month; repeat sequence from Monday.

Lesson length

30 minutes for the first month, 45 for second, one hour for third, in triple cycles.

Day preference

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, except for Confederate Flag Day, Maple Pecan Pie-eating contest finals, “Shrimp and Grits” cook-off, Frogmore stew and Chicken bog Festival, Statewide Get Out the Vote in gerrymandered districts, Super Tuesday Pork fry and taters, and Plantation Monday Street Fair.

Time preference

Mornings for first month, afternoons for second, and evenings for third.. dependin’ on time zones an’ all you kin eat festivals.


I want to become a music producer or compose soundtracks for Civil War era movies.

I’ll drive 25 miles, but no steep hills with this ole mule buggy o’mine. Can be by Internet (once I get hooked up here in the boonies)

ME: I think I’ll pass on this one, even though I have TWO lingering CREDITS that I can redeem based on a Fairbanks, Alaska student having found a teacher on a dog sled listing.

Let’s see what’s next on the roster? Oh NO!! A pupil prospect from Timbuktu has no piano, no keyboard, just a set of ethnic drums made from eel skins.

I’m beatin’ it outa here before I’m creamed by an elephant stampede!

Let’s move on to Big Sur, California with those sun-tanned surfers! Surely one of them will go SKYPING with me!

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: OR or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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7 Responses to The funnies of finding the right piano student

  1. Gina B. says:

    Thanks for brightening my evening – yes it’s 8 PM here, at the extreme opposite end of the continent. Otherwise, I’d be taking lessons from you!


  2. There’s always a horse n’ buggy.
    Glad to hear from you.


  3. Hi Shirley
    Love to chat. I am responsible for the user experience at I wanted to ask you about the bids/quotes that you reference because that is not how we operate. I want to make sure there is no confusion and if I can help getting you setup properly.


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