i guess i should explain a bit about my other life as a piano teacher.
a. i started teaching piano about 5 years ago. i was subbing for the organist at church (no i don't know how to play the organ. i just play an organist on t.v.). a mom came up to me after the service and asked if i could teach her son. that was a painful year. he didn't want to be learning piano. he just wanted to play guitar, but piano was a prerequisite in his family. note to parents: don't do that to a piano teacher. the students started pouring in after that. then we moved to colorado and all i had to do was say i had taught piano and my studio grew to it's current capacity.
b. i currently teach 11 kids, ages 7 to 13; and 3 adults, ages not to be disclosed. but i can say they are all claiming midlife crisis as the reason behind taking piano. and they are all doing quite admirably i must add.
c. i don't really play all that well. i'm just a good teacher. :) i can get by, but it takes a lot of practice.
d. i'm playing stephen heller's etude in g minor for our recital. it's beautifully haunting. i almost have it memorized. the recital is in a week an a half. i have to get cracking.
e. when i took piano, i didn't get much classical training, i played for my girls choir in high school so i worked on a lot of pop music, lots of it. it was fun, but i wasn't interested in the masters. now i love classical music. heller is one of my favorites.
f. my theory skills are lacking. i know what a first and second inversion are, but it takes me a minute to remember which is which. i've got one student who really likes to do theory. it's hard to look smarter than him. :)
g. i teach 30 minute individual lessons, once a week. unless you're an adult and then you usually get an hour and only pay for the 1/2 hour. i'm a SUCKER. i like to talk.
h. i don't give discounts for families with multiple students.
i. i have recitals twice a year.
j. i have amazing students. it's quite the rewarding career.
k. i am one on the youngest teachers in my music club. i feel like a sham. :)
l. i will never hit one of my students on the shoulder with a pencil if they make a mistake. my teacher was grouchy and did that to me. made an impression.
m. i never thought i'd be a piano teacher. i didn't think i was good enough. but i've been pleasantly surprised, my students have done quite well, who'd a thunk it?
n. i've only had 2 students quit since i've been here. one because he was 15 and really didn't want to be taking lessons and the other because she moved in with her mom in another city. so i've had a few of my students for almost 2 years. it's been amazing watching them learn and love piano.
i believe that's all i have to say on the subject now. thank you for reading my ramblings. i have nothing more to add :)