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Piano teachers, students, and reluctant farewells

Looking back at my archive of blogs, I decided to snatch this favorite that has a link to another, “A Piano Teacher’s Worst Nightmare!” Both reflective pieces may resonate with mentors and pupils.

Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten)

  Lillian Freundlich

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For many piano teachers who’ve nursed along students from Primer toddlerhood to an Intermediate level confidence-climbing phase, through to the Advanced, smooth riding finish with flashy fingers, the pupil’s farewell is an emotional event.

Of course, it depends on the circumstances of the departure and who is saying goodbye to whom.

I remember my heart-wrenching farewells to two private music teachers going back a few decades. My mother as proxy delivered the news first to my violin teacher who taught me with great passion but missed too many lessons to make music study meaningful. Frustrated by her absences, starts and stops, the only way I dealt with my anger, was to channel my sturm and drang (storm and stress) into the piano. But at this very time, my piano teacher who had been referred by the violin instructor, was giving me pieces so way over my…

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