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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000673.txt from 2000/04

From: Don Longacre <>
Subj: [kl] Re: Teaching students with piano experience
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2000 11:22:38 -0400

Patty Smith writes:
>I am interested in the experiences of the private teachers on the list in
>regard to new students who have already had some piano. How much of an
>advantage does this give to the student, in your opinion?

Patty: IMHO it is of enormous benefit to have piano experience prior to undertaking
any new instrument. In my humble opinion, too, it lies largely in the area of sight
reading and general familiarity with music notation. It is my belief that in taking
up another instrument there may be problems arise but they are independent of piano
experience. I remember my own and they were generally resolved in the first 4-6
lessons. I think the ability or inability to drop bad habits lies with the individual
student and his/her mindset. We are all different.

Don Longacre

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