Do you enjoy teaching adults?
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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:19
I've had two like this in the last week. One of them is a 45-minute prime slot but I don't want to lose a motivated self-starter who pays on the nail.
Another is always asking for changed times, although on the same day, but he too is a regular practiser and is doing well.
Generally they are very accommodating if I request a change to enable me to fulfil school governance responsibilities so it works both ways. It can lead to diary errors though!
Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:19
You should definitely write one, Leese . There are quite a few adult-centred piano beginner books, but I don't like any of the main ones - Alfred, Hal Leonard, Piano Adventures etc. Even if they've never played any instrument before, the adults have wildly differing musical experiences, tastes, ambitions, work ethic, family commitments etc. My aim is to use real music as soon as possible ( Ben Crosland; Barbara Arens) and to include rote playing alongside establishing reading skills, so that they experience the whole range of the keyboard rather than staying fixed to 9 notes in the middle. Also I do plenty of technical work, but not from a book.
I hugely enjoy teaching my adults, though sometimes I'm guilty of talking too much about non-musical topics. Since I stopped doing peri work in schools a few years back, the adults fill my mornings most effectively. Many of them are around Grade 4-6 level, and some of these started with me from scratch None of them are remotely interested in taking exams at present, which suits me fine, as there is time to play duets and to do keyboard harmony etc.
. 2 years ago I started a lady d'un certain age ( late 60s? I don't ask the adults to give their date of birth ) who had never played anything - she was a total complete beginner, with an ambition of playing The Entertainer. She is now working on the version in Piano Time Book 2, though I think the Carol Barrett version might have been better.
Posted 20 June 2019 - 11:50
Write one, Leese! There's a substantial group of clarinettists who began from scratch as adults in my local wind band. Some flautists and saxophonists, too.
Posted 20 June 2019 - 12:34
I've always taught a mixture of adults and children. I enjoy teaching both; they are both rewarding but in different ways. Currently my studio is about 50/50, if you count teenagers as children.
Posted 20 June 2019 - 15:37
I love teaching adults, however, it saddens me when they have to give up - dying relative, relative needing long-term care, getting a job - these are all reasons I've had adult students give up. I know these things are unavoidable, and also it has to be said, children also give up sometimes because of changes of circumstances (e.g., moving away). However sometimes with adults, I feel like the inevitable life-gets-in-the-way is looming over us from the start. I know it, but the student doesn't know it - yet. And I'm just waiting for them to work it out. I can't exactly tell them.
Also I find it frustrating when an adult contacts me and really just wants to tell me about their love for the piano and how sad they are that the opportunity was robbed from them to learn as a child. And then I turn my timetable over to accommodate them, and then they cancel. Or take a single lesson, then cancel. Even if they pay, the money isn't worth it. My time and energy is wasted, again.
But, yes, I do like teaching adults. I don't use tutor books, so the issue of packaging and art-work in the book is not a problem for me.
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Posted 20 June 2019 - 19:32
Yes! They quickly self-select (they give up very soon if they don't really want to do it) so you are left with people who actually want to learn to play an instrument (and work at it), rather than just obey their parents or get a higher grade than their neighbour. Like the children, they are all very different in aims, ability and personality and I like variety.
Posted 20 June 2019 - 21:03
I'm afraid I am not at all good at teaching adults. I have none at present and have had very few ever. This is a grim thing to say but I just can't raise the enthusiasm. I'm the opposite of those who love teaching adults but don't enjoy very young children. I really admire teachers who take on and enjoy adults - because I don't know what adults who want to learn would do without them.
Posted 21 June 2019 - 08:51
It's a different mindset, to be sure. At the moment my youngest is 5 and my oldest in her early 70s( guessing!). It makes for some interesting adjustments, but that happens anyway. Yesterday I went from Fred the Fish to playing for a Grade 7 violinist ( rather hairy sight-reading on my part).
Posted 21 June 2019 - 09:17
With adults it can be more of a lesson and less an episode of Playschool.