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How can you be sure your teacher-to-be is an accomplished musician?

Possibly putting the cat amongst the pigeons here. An expert (at anything, be it sport, art, science, etc.) is often not a good teacher. A good teacher knows the subject, of course, but maybe hasn't ...
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Is a teacher necessary?

With most instruments you can get to a decent level by yourself. But there are a handful of things a teacher will be able to give you, such as: Efficiency. An experienced teacher will probably be ...
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What are some of the tips for musicians starting out as teachers?

For starters, merely being a good or great musician is nowhere near enough to be a successful teacher. Neither is having qualifications and certificates. Those downvoting - please tell your valid ...
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Is a teacher necessary?

This question fortunately doesn't ask "Is a teacher worth it." That's a cost/benefit assessment that many people make and which is inherently subjective (and—worth how much?). Instead, you ...
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How can you be sure your teacher-to-be is an accomplished musician?

Don't ask for it. Others have already pointed that the teacher's mechanical abilities have almost nothing to do with his pedagogical abilities. One more point that I would like to add - if you can't ...
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What are some of the tips for musicians starting out as teachers?

A few things you should consider when starting out. Decide what kind of teacher you want to be A professor of music at a college once told someone close to me that he always finds it amazing when he ...
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What's the purpose of a drum teacher in today's age?

All teachers bring something to the student that the student cannot get online: experienced observation and training catered to both the strengths and weaknesses particular to the student. Everyone ...
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Is a teacher necessary?

There is something to be said for which instrument you choose, what you want to do with it, and how good you want to get at it. Instrument Choice I'm sure others will chime in to argue, but some ...
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Is a teacher necessary?

I've been learning to play the violin for almost 4 years now and I've had a face-to-face teacher for all that time apart from Covid lockdowns. And I will likely continue for the forseeable future. ...
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How do I progress without a cello teacher during COVID lockdowns?

The only string teaching that remains, as far as I know, is online. I know quite a few violin teachers who were teaching online before and who are continuing but a lot of regular face-to-face teachers ...
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Replacement for Experienced Drum Teacher?

More practice certainly isn't going to hurt you (as long as you're practicing well, as opposed to practicing "bad habits" a teacher might correct). Since it sounds like an in-person teacher ...
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Replacement for Experienced Drum Teacher?

It's been said many times, and I believe it to be true, but teaching something makes you improve very well. It's certainly worked for me. So, if you have the patience and facility required, you could ...
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What are some of the tips for musicians starting out as teachers?

This is a very broad question, and entire books are available on the subject. This answer will focus on considerations of starting a music teaching business, and I'll be re-iterating some excellent ...
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How can you be sure your teacher-to-be is an accomplished musician?

If it is possible, go to own of his/hers concerts. Most musicians (despite their musical style) play concerts. So, try to find out if the teacher you are interested in is playing a gig any day now ...
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How can you be sure your teacher-to-be is an accomplished musician?

You do not want to ask the teacher to perform for you at your lesson. As a teacher my answer to that request is "if you would like to hear me perform I would be happy to let you know of upcoming ...
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How can you be sure your teacher-to-be is an accomplished musician?

Accomplished musician does not always make an accomplished teacher. Pavarotti was a great singer, but I would not have brought my child within a mile radius of him. Domingo on the other hand, he would ...
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Will a voice teacher help me improve if I’m a bad singer?

As long as you avoid damage to your voice (which is one reason why a teacher is a good idea) it is clear that you will improve with guidance and practice. And unless you have a damaged or malformed ...
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How can you be sure your teacher-to-be is an accomplished musician?

If you want to go to one of their concerts that's probably a good idea. Most musicians have a youtube channel or soundcloud or something, so this really shouldn't be that hard. If I were asked by a ...
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What's the purpose of a drum teacher in today's age?

There are many purposes for a drum teacher: 1. A drum teacher can tell you what you are doing wrong but a video/tutorial can only show you what is correct, 2. A drum teacher can give you advice that ...
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What's the purpose of a drum teacher in today's age?

Having learnt to drum a very long time ago, when videos were unheard of, and also working with many drummers who were also self-taught, I still can't see exactly where the question is going. Why stop ...
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How can I find a decent synth teacher in London

Here are some suggestions: Call a piano teacher and ask if they teach this or can recommend someone Call/text/email someone you know that plays synth. Tell them that you want to learn how, and ask ...
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Learning keyboard from a piano teacher

The black and white bits do the same sort of job with either. As in they all produce sounds related to where they are situated on the board. And reading the dots will be the same, too. So, you'll need ...
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Is perceived progress in singing performance necessarily a good indicator of the quality of the teaching method?

This is very subjective. The quality of a particular teaching method is only one factor. It may be very good quality but not necessarily suit all students, or teachers, for that matter. Teachers of ...
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What are the primary historical piano training methods, and what are their defining characteristics?

I'm not sure these are really the methods you're after, but they seem to be really important for piano: CPE Bach, Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments Cortot, Rational Principles of ...
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Is a teacher necessary?

I probably suggested getting a teacher many times. I'm trying to think of the reasons why I did it. A trusted teacher can answer many questions considered off-topic on Music SE. Many kinds of the off-...
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Sounds used by music instructors to induce pauses in people playing or singing

In educational settings, definitely yes. For ear training, especially rhythmic dictation, I’ve seen various sounds or actions suggested during rests to help time the rest. Similarly for (student) ...
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What are the primary historical piano training methods, and what are their defining characteristics?

There is a wonderful book called FAMOUS PIANISTS AND THEIR TECHNIQUES by by Reginald R. Gerig. But be warned that you should not work on anything your read in this book without the assistance of a ...
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How do I progress without a cello teacher during COVID lockdowns?

I'm actually also a cello student in twelfth grade! Unfamiliar with any grading systems, though, bc my teacher doesn't use them (to that end your friend is probably not that far off??). Best I can say ...
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Learning keyboard from a piano teacher

You're over-thinking this. Go to a piano teacher. Tell them what keyboard you have.
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Learning keyboard from a piano teacher

As a piano teacher myself, I can easily say that it makes no difference whether a student plays on a keyboard or a piano. The basics of learning to play are the same. I recommend going to a piano ...
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