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emmaaaa
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:56 pm    Post subject: Lesson with a professor Reply with quote

So I have a scheduled lesson with a professor at a college that I am looking at while shopping for schools. Quite honestly the only music I have to bring is a few audition etudes that I've been working on... is this acceptable? Also, what should I expect to go on at this lesson and what are some questions I should be asking? Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

questions to ask:

1) who is likely to be actually teaching the private / studio lessons? For your 1st year, 2nd, etc.
2) what college performance groups are available to join.
3) what other performance groups are in the area.
4) access to practice rooms - times, days, sign-up procedure, etc.
5) does the school have a 'study path' towards your professional playing goals.
6) what would a weekly lesson schedule be - days / duration.

As for the 'lesson' with the professor, perhaps choose a piece with some sections that you can play well, and other sections that could benefit from some actual 'teaching' of 'mechanics' that you don't KNOW how to do.

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pianowillbebach
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, those are acceptable pieces to bring! A great question to ask is what other repertoire you should be working on
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did this sort of thing recently - a long drive for a one-off lesson with a college prof. (I'm an adult, not a college-shopper.)

I brought a Charlier etude I had worked on, and a piece I had played in orchestra recently, on which I had a specific low-register passage I was having trouble with.

We spent maybe an hour on that four-bar passage, and I was a lot better at it afterwards. And the stuff we did was applicable to more than that passage. A good teacher can use any bit of music to help you improve. If it's something you think you play well, he'll show you what you're missing. (At the lesson I had, I was recorded and forced to listen to my "good" playing!)

So I'd definitely bring something that you can get through without missing notes, but just think of it as a starting place.

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