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Old 09-26-2019, 02:40 PM   #11
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Sadly, even with the best instruction, it comes down to the student to apply what they have learned. I remind my students: "I will not make you a bagpiper, YOU will make you a bagpiper." My job is to straighten their sails and point their SS Bagpiper boat back in the right direction, not move their fingers for them. If students don't have the motivation to do the work themselves, they will never progress.

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Old 08-03-2020, 11:56 AM   #12
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Do you use a tutor?
No, but I try to take inspiration from
a lot of material On Line and the tutors
that I've used for myself.

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Do you teach that goals must be achieved before moving on?
Yes, and I'm strict, but I'm delighted
when they go behind my back trying new stuff
and believe they're getting away with it. LOL

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Do you teach basic music theory?
ABSOLUTELY !

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Do you teach to tap your foot while playing?
ABSOLUTELY ! and I'm adamant they must
also learn to use a metronome.

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A few caveats,

I took lessons about 40 years ago in Argentina
and only for a few years. Then it was mostly
working it out with my fellow pipers.

Since then the ONLY "lessons" were a couple of
week-end long workshops in Gibraltar,
wonderful experience.

I'm teaching a few vict...err...pupils in Spain
all adults and, thanks to C-19 most of it via
Zoom. (though some live close, if you're in
lockdown, not much of a choice)
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Old 08-05-2020, 09:48 AM   #13
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I think the two most important things in all the years I've been at this is to teach the student to read music properly right from the very beginning and never to tell anyone that anything is hard or difficult. There's lots of other things of course but these two are very important, at least to me.
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Old 08-05-2020, 01:19 PM   #14
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I think the two most important things in all the years I've been at this is to teach the student to read music properly right from the very beginning and never to tell anyone that anything is hard or difficult. There's lots of other things of course but these two are very important, at least to me.

100%. One thing I do once all the basics are under control and we're a few tunes in is get them to acquire a big book of standards like the green Seaforths book and I get them to spend a few minutes a day sightreading, and do it in lessons as well. Of course when it starts it's slow and painful but it comes quite quickly. And the great thing is you can fix any musical misunderstandings as you go.
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