Recently I've become increasingly confused and somewhat frustrated with the way my teacher conducts the lessons. And my attempts of talking things through seem to have failed. I'm starting to wonder if this has a lot to do with cultural differences and would like to hear opinions of fellow adult learners.
Some basic facts: having started playing from young age, I did a couple of years music college many years ago but have pursued other career and neglected violin playing for most part of my life. My lessons with the current teacher started eight months ago with Bach BWV1004 whole piece including Chaconne and Mozart concerto in G. So I suppose at an advanced level. Aside from these two works, I've also done Mendelssohn concerto and some studies. Teacher is a highly accomplished soloist/chamber musician.
For most part of the lesson he corrects my techniques, left hand right hand etc. Occasional explanations on bowing/fingering details in relation to composition background. I'd say 90% on discussing my technical problems. No positive comment whatsoever. There's definitely never been anything like "good" said. I can't recall anything indicating acceptable like "fine". I'm instructed to move on to next piece when, I can only guess, one is completed to an extent edging on passable. I'm so used to being interrupted by him pointing out my mistake when playing for him, that if for a few extra bars I'm not stopped I start to wonder what's going on.
So my first question is, personality aside, is this normal? My last teacher was many years ago, a very outgoing and passionate person, always encouraging. I really don't have much experience with different teachers.
I tried to talk to my teacher about this. And his reaction was that it's all because I had not lived up to his standards, which were not really that high; the only solution was for me to spend more hours practicing. And that I even thought of and insisted on talking about it, despite his reluctance, wanting some change was ridiculous. We only barely managed to avoid a falling out (we were friends before lessons started) because of this and concluded my attempt of the talk with that we differ in perhaps cultural upbringings. He's China and Austria trained and I British educated.
So the other question is, is this really a kind of cultural clash as in different perceptions and expectations on music teaching that resulted. Or is there something seriously wrong with my expectations (for positive feedback) or his reaction (for refusing to give any)?
I'd much appreciate your thoughts shared.