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#40999 - 03/19/09 12:13 AM Attention Everyone!
Jason Moderator Offline
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Hello all,

It's been a while since I exercised my Moderation Powers, but I wanted to take a moment to do a few things that are sorely overdue.

First, if you are new to the forums or are a long time lurker, I'd like to invite you to get involved and start posting! I've been on various internet forums for almost 15 years now, and I can safely say that New Posters are what keep forums alive.

I've also noticed over the years that it takes quite a bit of courage to overcome the inertia that prevents new people from posting. Internet forums (this one included) tend to be like Sports Bars. A relatively small number of "regulars" provide the customer base it takes to keep the seats full and the drinks flowing, but at the same time, it can create an atmosphere where new people are hesitant to come in and join the crowd.

So, this is a twofold invitation:

1) New People: Get involved! Post something, answer a question, or just reply to this topic to introduce yourself and say hello!

2) "Regulars": Give people a chance! Whether they're asking a question that's been answered 1000000 times or wanting to discuss Non-Faber materials, treat each post like it's the first of it's kind you've ever seen. Every topic under the sun deserves to be re-examined from time to time, and good hand position is good hand position, whether you're using Piano Adventures, Bastien Piano Basics, Music for Little Mozarts, Piano Town, John Thompson, or Ferdinand Beyer.

So there you go - no more excuses! Introduce yourself and join the discussions here at the Piano Club!

Best,

Jason
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#42493 - 08/05/09 10:20 AM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Jason]
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Hi everyone! I'm Paulene from Singapore, nice to meet you all here, and I've learnt a lot from reading this wonderful forum. Thanks and looking forward to more good stuff! smile

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#42494 - 08/05/09 11:36 AM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: SQ14]
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Welcome!

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#42509 - 08/06/09 11:23 PM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: SQ14]
Suzan Pleva Offline
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Registered: 07/03/09
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Hello Paulene! It's great to meet you! I am so happy to welcome you to this great forum. I look forward to sharing ideas with you in the future!
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#42514 - 08/07/09 01:14 PM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Jason]
Vivian Offline
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Registered: 04/24/07
Posts: 12
Loc: Page, AZ
Okay, I will jump in and introduce myself. I've been lurking in the shadows for a long time. I teach piano lessons in a small town in northern Arizona. I have 28 students, including a little boy who is autistic and a little girl who has CP. I taught from 1978 to 1983, stopped and started again three years ago. I love what I'm doing. I'm married, have four grown children and three grandchildren and a two cats.

I am a bit shy about posting, but I will try to step up and participate in some of the discussions. I think this is a pretty good forum.
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#42515 - 08/07/09 02:36 PM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Vivian]
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Welcome to the forum Vivian! smile
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#42519 - 08/07/09 02:50 PM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Jennifer]
Vivian Offline
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Posts: 12
Loc: Page, AZ
Thank you! I've always enjoyed reading what many of you have to say. smile
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#42522 - 08/07/09 06:46 PM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Vivian]
Stanny Offline
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Posts: 712
Welcome, Vivian and SQ14!

I too was a lurker long before I started posting here. This forum has been SO helpful to my teaching studio!
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#44695 - 12/22/09 09:52 PM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Stanny]
Betsy Offline
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Registered: 12/15/09
Posts: 104
Loc: Rural Minnesota
This thread has been quiet for a while, so I'll wake it up and see if anyone else is new and wants to introduce themselves!

I've been lurking and learning for a couple months. I teach in a small town in Minnesota and have 21 students including 3 moms. I'm a new teacher, started just 2 years ago, and am not a music major so I've got a lot to learn.

Probably shouldn't admit it here, but I'm using John Thompson for a lot of my students. If only they'd eliminate virtually every finger number in the 1st Grade book, I'd be really happy with it. But it moves pretty quickly and some students just aren't up to that. Very young beginners, or students without much help at home, are using PA with great success. Just wish PA moved a little faster. Many of my students began at age 9/10 - so they're maturing faster than the books do. I also don't care for having so many different books for technique, theory, etc.

I supplement the JT books with various theory and workbook assignments and also always have the kids working on something fun since the repertoire is pretty dry, but definitely solid. The Faber supplements come in handy in this area and the students enjoy the distinct contrast to JT.

Thanks to everyone for valuable insights!!

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#44705 - 12/23/09 04:39 PM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Betsy]
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Welcome to all of you!
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Then let us all do what is right, strive with all our might toward the unattainable, develop as fully as we can the gifts God has given us,and never stop learning." ~ Ludwig van Beethoven

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#44707 - 12/23/09 07:31 PM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Vivace']
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Welcome Betsy! I have 3 moms of piano students that are taking lessons themselves this year as well. Isn't it fun? It's a real eye opener for them to get a taste of what their children experience.
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#44709 - 12/23/09 10:04 PM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Jennifer]
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Hi Betsy. Welcome to the board! Please post any questions you have about methods. You will find a lot of different opinions and a lot of good ideas.

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#44711 - 12/24/09 08:51 AM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Susan]
Betsy Offline
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Loc: Rural Minnesota
Jennifer - yes, I think the moms taking lessons has been good for the students. First, it brings more focus on the piano in the house when Mom is practicing, too. Second, it gives the parents some appreciation of why practice is important and what the lack of practice feels like when their child gets to the lesson is unable to play a piece well. Third, the parents are better able to help their children for the other 167 hours a week that we aren't with our students!

Susan - I am definitely going to be posting questions once I've had a chance to get through all the existing posts so that I'm not duplicating well-answered earlier posts. I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all method, so I'm eagerly seeking out information, thoughts, tips, etc. for all the methods!

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#44721 - 12/27/09 12:51 AM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Betsy]
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I have a mom taking lessons along with her two children. It's really been helpful. She's just completed the PA All-In-One Adult Course. We completed the main course level 3b at the same time as the Adult Level 2, working on them together. So, after the break we start main course level 4.

The benefit is that she is able to help her children with technique as well as reading. I'll often have her play her children's assignments during her lesson in order to show her exactly how they should be practised and what the important concepts being stressed are.

I let her do all the theory book work with the children at home, including the teacher parts. She makes notes on any difficulty the kids may have had that I need to review. I also allow her to introduce new scales at home and I hear them the following week. This allows me to spend much more of the children's lesson time on problem areas and new concepts.

Of course practice is not even an issue and the kids love doing duets with their mother. It's been very successful.

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#48409 - 06/17/10 01:19 AM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Vivace']
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Hi! I'll introduce myself as well. I am new here and am also a new teacher! I have already found this forum to be very helpful, and I look forward to using it more in the future!

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#48417 - 06/17/10 09:25 AM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Jason]
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Registered: 02/03/09
Posts: 757
Loc: Southern Ontario, Canada
(Quoting Jason) >>> 2) "Regulars": Give people a chance! Whether they're asking a question that's been answered 1000000 times or wanting to discuss Non-Faber materials, treat each post like it's the first of it's kind you've ever seen. Every topic under the sun deserves to be re-examined from time to time, and good hand position is good hand position, whether you're using Piano Adventures, Bastien Piano Basics, Music for Little Mozarts, Piano Town, John Thompson, or Ferdinand Beyer.>>>


Thanks Jason for that particular comment!

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#56091 - 10/13/11 08:49 PM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Joyful]
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Registered: 01/06/11
Posts: 57
So, I know this post is kind of old...but I figured I'd introduce myself as well. I am a new teacher and have only 8 students. I've been teaching for about 1 year now. I'm always looking for new ideas and I constantly have questions about teaching tips and stuff! smile

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#56094 - 10/13/11 09:14 PM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Lauren2]
Debra Offline
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Registered: 09/13/11
Posts: 15
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Hi Lauren2! Good to meet you. smile I'm new as well. Besides teaching my daughter and my friend's children, I just started my studio and teaching others a couple of months ago. It's been quite the journey so far! Like you, I'm also in the "constantly seeking new ideas and having tons of questions about teaching and stuff" phase. Although, I'm thinking this may be a constant phase that a piano teacher never "grows out" of?? LOL. Anyway, I have 10 + 2 students. laugh I have 10 weekly students and 2 additional students that are friend's children and they are kind of off-and-on. I'm really enjoying it, but wow it's a lot of work just setting everything up, learning to teach different ages and different personalities and planning lessons for different levels of books, etc. I hope you are enjoying the journey too!

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#56100 - 10/14/11 09:16 AM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Debra]
Leigh Offline
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Registered: 02/05/09
Posts: 368
Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: Debra
Like you, I'm also in the "constantly seeking new ideas and having tons of questions about teaching and stuff" phase. Although, I'm thinking this may be a constant phase that a piano teacher never "grows out" of?? LOL.


So true, Debra! I've been teaching for 28 years, and I still get great new ideas here all the time! Keeps things fresh and fun!

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#56229 - 10/18/11 07:24 PM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Debra]
Lauren2 Offline
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Registered: 01/06/11
Posts: 57
It's good to meet you too! As you said, it is a lot of work but it is very fun! I really enjoy teaching. smile

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#60186 - 07/27/12 08:34 AM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: Vivace']
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Registered: 12/28/11
Posts: 53
Loc: North Carolina, US
Hello Everyone!
I am a special education specialist, who is also a musician. I quit teaching in the public school system and opened my own music studio in North Carolina.
I have to say that my experience as a business owner and educator has made me more successful in running a business from my home. However, I have found this site to be one of the most resourceful of forums out there for rookies as well as veteran teachers.

I have had my studio open for almost a year. I have used the advise of those who have been out there for years to develop my policy. I must say, our families are like my students in class. They like clear, understandable expecations. Having a clear policy which students' understand is one of the most proactive things a teacher can do at a beginning of a school year. Yes, you may need to tweak it, after trying it out. However, you will have better management of your families when everyone knows what is expected of them.

Secondly, I feel that being human and understanding to families is a good thing. You can be professional and still have a great rapport with your families. Those you do not, weed them out. If you are good, you will always find another student more dedicated to fill that slot!

Best wishes to all of you this fall!

Debilynn
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#60219 - 07/30/12 10:22 PM Re: Attention Everyone! [Re: debilynn]
musicat Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 318
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Hi Debilynn,

Your background sound similar to mine. I have taught recreationally for several years while a Speech-Language Pathologist in the public schools. It was time for a career change, so I am making the switch into being a full-time studio teacher. I really like the community here, too--one thing I was afraid I'd miss was regular contact with colleagues. While it is "virtual" here, I'm finding it to be of great value. Conferences and workshops are a must, too, of course (for the info and the networking). Best wishes to you and your studio, as well!

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