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    hello, i know many teachers like to teach only the pieces they studied before when the were students, and dont like to teach a new piece they dont know before. what is your opinion about that?? and why they do have a fear of a new piece??

    others want to listen to a record of this piece to teach it, i am interested in your adds.



    I think to teach any piece, you have to know it well enough to know how the notes feel under the fingers. That means playing it through several times to figure out where the hard spots are, where the fingerings are going to be tricky, what the musical demands are, etc. If there is a recording of the piece, listening to it will help to, but is no substitute for sitting and playing through the piece yourself.

    Pierre Jamet told me that anytime he judged a competition, he always learned the music well enough to understand its difficulties and form. It was no where’s near performance level, but he knew it well enough to clearly understand the piece. I think that a good teacher needs to do the same thing.


    Great answer Carl thanks a lot


    I find I am able to teach a piece I don’t know, but at some point I do need to go through it, for one thing, to get the notes in my head so I can correct wrong notes and other reading errors. I prefer to teach pieces I know extremely well, fortunately, I know quite a lot, so there is a lot to choose from. I think it is important for a student to bring in a piece once in a while that they have found and prepared on their own, when studying seriously. How to prepare new pieces is something that needs to be taught.

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