Nov 232004
An Appreciation of Adult AmateursI spoke at the World Pedagogy Conference, 2000, in Las Vegas. I knew there would be plenty of really accomplished young people playing there. I also realized that if I brought one of my 50 year old adult students to play at this conference, one who started taking lessons at age 40, and in ten years learned to play as well as the kids playing there, nobody would care. read the rest
Nov 282000
An Appreciation of StudentsSonya and I had brunch the other day. We hadn’t seen each other for a couple years so it was nice to catch up. Before she went off to college we got together every week for piano lessons for years. As often happens when a student departs after working together for a long time, Sonya gave me gift in which she expressed her thanks for our work together. read the rest