Sunday, April 10, 2005

Piano Class Very Unsatisfactory

I'll never forget a piano course I took when I was attending the Community College of Philadelphia. It was a "class" piano couse where about 20-25 people were seated around keyboards. Each keyboard had headphones and we were supplied with a standard piano textbook.

The course lasted 4 months or so and I learned how to play triads with both hands. I also learned how to read treble and bass clefs.

I can't say that I was thrilled with this course. In fact, I remember thinking how boring it was. And dry. Why couldn't we learn something that would allow creativity in?

I guess most "teachers" don't think you can be creative in music until you spend about 2 years learning what they consider to be the basics. This is all nonsense and only serves to mystify music and make it unaccessible to the masses.

4 comments:

  1. I agree; I find that many teachers suppress creativity for the sake of sticking to the 'lesson plan'.

    tsk tsk.

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