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new comer wish to make friends
on: July 05, 2004, 06:35:19 PM
hello, i'm new comer in france montpellier, i try to get into local french music corner, but i don't know how :'(, is there anyone also in that area?
teaching piano in france is very different from teaching in new zealand :P

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Re: new comer wish to make friends
Reply #1 on: July 05, 2004, 07:13:42 PM
Hi Inu,

I am French living close to Paris... So Welcome to France !

:D

And welcome to this forum too !

:D

I have been practicing it for a couple of months and it really is a great place !

Are you a music teacher moving from New Zealand to France ?

Cheers,
Drooxy


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Reply #2 on: July 08, 2004, 12:22:53 PM
hello, drooxy
nice to hear a friendly voice from france

yes, i'm a music teacher in nz, i teach in most elementry schools

i have just bought my fp-5 for teaching purpose, but i have found that is not that easy to get student during summer :o

i wonder what will the local do? :-*

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Re: new comer wish to make friends
Reply #3 on: July 08, 2004, 12:45:06 PM
Hi Inu !

I hope I am not the first local friendly voice you hear since your moving to France !!!  ;)

I think children are the same here: they will surely be more "attracted" by soccer than by music, especially in summer...

I was about to say that it is a pity... but this is probably not that simple and a whole debate in itself !  

Have you started teaching here ? How is it ? What program do you follow ?

Tell me ! I am very interested !

Cheers,
Drooxy

PS: must be warm in Montpellier right now !
Drooxy

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Reply #4 on: July 08, 2004, 03:18:43 PM
hello, drooxy

montpellier is great and hot, i have been here more then couple times already, so is kind of like home to me already.
i have meet lots of people here, but so far, i have not be able to meet any classic musiciens.

i have tried to put some ads out, but so far, i have not get many response, well, as you said, is the summer for foot match but not for music.

basicly, i don't follow any particular programme, since i arrived, i have read pianiste magazine, and some internet materials, i found that the programme used in france are quite specific, such as kaddouch, klaus runze.

as in nz, we followed most uk system, the programme like royal acedamy system and alfred level system

the hard thing i found teaching here is the problem of language, i have read through the music theory french version and still in progress of higher level french skills
:'(

if my teaching mothed has to be catagorised, i think i support traditional method

i personally think that listening and imitating the music is best for the early age, so, with yamaha method (two piano teaching) is quite a wonderful idea.

how about you? :D

cheers
inu

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Reply #5 on: July 08, 2004, 05:36:00 PM
Hi again,

I would be very pretentious to say that I am a "classical musician" ! I just learnt the piano between the age of 8 and 14, then gave up (although periodically coming back either to the piano or to the guitar).

One year ago, I decided to get back to the piano (again !), bought an hybride piano and also found that great forum !

It is a place from where I get a lot of very precious information and also a lot of motivation ! I am pretty busy at work (I am working as freelance in Information Systems) and playing every day the piano requires that  I wake up early !!! And you definitely have to be motivated to do that !

That's it for now (I have to get back to work... !)

Hope to talk with you again very soon !

Cheers,
Drooxy

PS: By the way, all the litterature I am reading presently has been recommended to me by people on this forum and so... is in english ! Funny to see that we follow two opposite experiences !
Drooxy

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Reply #6 on: July 08, 2004, 06:16:38 PM
hi there,
well, really, i have to say there's lots of time i have been thinking and doing as well as to develope another proper (as my father will say) day time career as secretary or something rather.

afterall, i have regconized my potential of being a professional pianiste is close to zero percent, but with all this years of training, (from 3 to now), i really can not give up practicing

the most frustrating thing is no matter how well i can play the classical piano, but i'm a total dummy to play jazz piano, (the school where i went to is kind of tranditional)

i have tried to read as much as material of jazz music, but i guess this sort of thing needs a good jazz ear, and a good ability to jam :'( (the missing link of mine)

is ausome that you have a proper day time job, so you can develop your interest with no pressure, but of course, i understand that must be most tiring for you, being in the information system business (most of my friend in mpt are in semi-conduct)

maybe next time you can tell me what's your current project, we can discuss

cheers
inu

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Reply #7 on: July 08, 2004, 06:50:54 PM
In fact I am working on many projects (as I have many clients...). It is all about Business Intelligence though but in connection with different production systems (Finance, Computer Assisted Maintenance (not sure of the translation !), etc.).

I am amazed that you have started playing the piano at 3 ! Is my understanding correct ? I do not know how old you are (and I won't ask !!  :-[ ) but as you are a teacher I guess that makes a couple of years of practice !

What do you play ?

Right now I am working on the Nocturne n 2 opus 9 from Chopin. I would really like to get it in my fingers/brain/body/etc. so that I keep being able to play it (not like the other pieces I have learnt and forgotten through the years because of my multiple stops/resume/stops/resume... !  :'(  )

I just love that piece - and some others from the same composer !

 :)

Talk to you later then !

Drooxy
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Re: new comer wish to make friends
Reply #8 on: July 09, 2004, 03:49:10 AM
Kia ora inu, do you mind me asking where in New Zealand you were living? Did you have much contact with other teachers while you were in NZ?

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Reply #9 on: July 09, 2004, 10:28:54 AM
first of all, kia ora squiggly gilr  ;D

i lived in auckland, there's several music school (private run) in  different area, north shore, or south auckland or north, etc......
there's a forum for nz piano (actually music teacher) to communicate, or if you want, you can normally meet some more people in the university of auckland, there's music dep, the people there are really nice ;)

as to drooxy:
it's such a nice coincidence, i have just played that piece yesterday!
well, well, i know what do you means, get them into your brain, hhhhh, in fact, before i came here in france, i wans travelling constantly, during two years, i have not touch piano for even once. as result, there's so many piece that i used to play are getting ahead of me, i can not remember the piece that i want to play, but only when the partition is in front of me, to bring back my lost memory
i don't think i got memory lost, even though without practice for two years, but after trying to discover the reason, (because there are some pieces that i can record so well even when i was playing them 10 years ago) i found that when i used to practice, i memorised them, but i did not put them really in the deep drawer of my mind, i did not make them become mine :'(
because of that, when i practice right now, i will sometimes find the certain piece are really easy to recall then others

i have this ausome cds, Artur Rubinstein - The Chopin Collection (11 CD), when ever i'm in trouble with some particular song of chopin, this is my bible :)

his right hand here is really transparent, no? :o

cheers
inu
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