Things you don’t know about ourpiano teacher:
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I am originally from Colombia (South America). I was bornin Pereira, which is the capital of the state where most co
I have a preference for artsy movies. My favorites areAmelie, Youth without Youth, and The Fountain.
I like ballroom dancing. Last summer, I took an intensivecourse in Argentine Tango.
I enjoy playing Bach and Chopin’s music.
I am pursuing a DMA at the U of A in piano performanceand a minor in Musicology.
I played the violoncello for about 4 years as part of a stringquartet and a youth orchestra. I would like to take lessonsagain when I graduate.
My roommate is the Allegro piano teacher Jamee Haddor
.We like to drink cappuccino, feed the birds, and go out fordessert to the Arizona Inn.
I love to swim, scuba dive, and ski.
My favorite ﬂowers are orchids.
I speak French and I dream about being in Paris and thesouth of France someday.
My favorite novel is the Alexandria Quartet by LawrenceDurrell.
The only pet I have ever had was a baby owl that my dadpicked up from our neighbors yard. He had an injured wing.We named it “Cachis,” and he liked to eat rice.
I love clothing very much. However, I never buy anybecause my mom keeps my wardrobe updated.
I spent my whole summer painting my house.
I don’t have a facebook page.
Choosing a music teacher
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Don’t judge a teacher only by hisor herplaying.
Many people assume that anexcellent player is also a good teacher. Inreality, however, performing artists are oftenpoor teachers. Teaching and playing are twoentirely di
erent skills, and an excellentteacher may have only modest ability as aplayer.
Don’t assume that a teacher is competentsimply because he or she has a degreefrom a prestigious school.
Keep in mind, an incompetent teacher canimpede your progress and ultimately cripple your ability to play music. If you’re not progressing,despite your best e
orts in the practice room, consider ﬁnding a new teacher.
1. Does the teacher emphasize recitals?2. Does the teacher begin and end on time?3. Teach structured, planned lessons?4. Give a clear weekly assignment?5. Emphasize proper form?6. Incorporate a method book?7. Incorporate note-reading and theory?8. Guide you towards your personal musical goals?9. Have a friendly, positive and supportive demeanor?