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Common sense would tell me that getting someone to learn something simple and gradually move on would enable a student to get the best grounding in the piano....but maybe some teachers may not share that viewpoint.
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However, as a teacher, my job is to effect progress in stages that my pupil/s can cope with. As I usually teach in groups of anything up to ten pupils, working out how far to 'push' the boundaries so that all my pupils can cope, can be challenging.
Everything you are taught which is 'new' will take you out of the comfort zone by some degree. I alway emphasise New Stuff = Fun, Old stuff = Boring! It works with primary aged pupils
If it is, then maybe he/she is trying to carry out some kind of benchmarking exercise (see where your cut of point is across the skills)?
A good relationship with your piano teacher is key here (if you'll pardon the pun) and realisation that it's only anxiety that's making us self-doubt. And suppose we don't learn the whole piece in a week or so?? We would have practised it and our teachers will appreciate us for that.
Maybe the emotion of fear could also make us feel we're being pushed, something else which can be conquered methodically.
Just wait till you work on the same sonata for months/years!dave brum wrote: And suppose we don't learn the whole piece in a week or so??
So good to hear you being positive!