I'm coming up on my one year private lesson anniversary as an adult re-beginner. I'm trying to assess my progress and how well my teacher and I 'fit' together. I know the answer to this is probably going to be 'it depends', but do you all have any advice for me? What is the best way to determine sufficient progress and pace (if there is even a way to measure this)?
The primary reason I ask is that I have the feeling I'm not being pushed enough to progress more quickly. But obviously I can't view my own playing all that objectively. I recently joined a chamber group and have been handed some challenging-for-me pieces. In working on pieces that are well beyond what I'm working on in private lessons, I have noticed a significant improvement in my playing- and so has my teacher. But we continue to work at a very slow, detailed level on easier pieces for months. I've dropped a few hints and asked about the plan, but haven't gotten a clear answer - just that we'll probably wrap up the pieces I've been working on next week (and the same answer the following week etc.). I kind of feel trapped. I want to perfect my playing on the simpler pieces, but I'm growing restless and really want to move on to more difficult work because I saw what an impact it had.
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