Keeping a teacher from childhood into adulthood
Has anyone ever heard of this happening or experienced it themselves? Some students continue to take lessons into adulthood, but I wondered if the *same* teacher that they started with has ever ended up being the teacher they kept into their adult years? Or, perhaps they stopped lessons for a few years upon entering adulthood, but returned to the same teacher later on when they resumed?
I take my young son to my old teacher in occasion. She would be his full time teacher if we lived closer.
I've occasionally seen students come back to study with their teacher from the college years as adults, but it's less common to go back to a childhood teacher unless the childhood teacher was a conservatory prof or equivalent top-rank teacher.
I know many teachers in China who take their students from 0 to advance ( that is from raw beginning to Paganini) . It is rare in the US, perhaps because most kids start in the public school string programs in which most teachers can’t teach/play advanced repertoire.
This is exactly what happened to me with my piano teacher. I never took any official or exam, but I took lessons through all my life, and she’s been my teacher at my childhood, teenage years and adulthood.
That's really wonderful to hear, Miguel.
I wish I could go back to study with some of my childhood piano teachers, but definitely not my childhood violin teachers. No clue about pedagogy, really.
I dont know about adulthood as it is very common here to stop taking lessons once grown up. Actually I know only one man taking pianolessons as an adult and he is somewhat strange. There are cultural reasons probably for this and also there are no university orchestras if you are not training as a musician so it sort of fades away in university and cilkege,
If I had of kept my teacher from when I started at age 10, I would be even further behind than I am currently
I have mixed feelings about my teacher from "childhood" (more my teenage years). For one, I have very fond memories of my lessons with him, yet on the other side of this is that I now know that I missed out on learning a massive amount of fundamentals, the basics of "how to practice", and so on. Whether this is my former teacher's error or my own teenage stubbornness/ignorance/etc, I don't know. However, if my teacher were still alive, I'd actually like to go back to have a lesson or two with them for old times' sake. Simply because I enjoyed my time with him.
I did. I took violin lessons as a schoolboy but stopped them when I went to the Naval Academy in Annapolis. After graduation and sea duty, I returned to the Washington, DC area and in 1987, at my father's funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, I met my teacher and his wife who were there to attend the funeral. Several months later, I began studying with him again and took lessons with him for another 23 years until he passed away in his early nineties. We covered a large amount of studies/etudes/caprices as well as concertos and sonatas and I cannot tell you how much I learned about music, and life, from Mr. Krasney. Mr Krasney was a very fine violinist and conductor (he was the founding conductor of one of the local symphonies in Virginia, the Fairfax Symphony, and he conducted it from 1957 to 1967.) I continue to study the violin, although my fingers, wrist and arms are not the same they were forty years ago. Progress on music is slow, but there is progress-- Mr. Krasney remains my role model as a musician and taking lessons wit him as a adult is one off the smartest things I have done.
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