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Offline bernadette60614

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I finally understand my teacher!
« on: November 15, 2013, 02:13:51 AM »
I was a constant presence sometime ago complaining about my teacher, but after a year, I see the improvement in my playing.

And, my interest has deepened.

I think I'd like to earn a degree in piano performance when I retire (not with an intention of "using" it).

What is the best way to achieve this objective?  (I have a couple of degrees already in unrelated areas.)

Thanks!

Offline j_menz

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Re: I finally understand my teacher!
«Reply #1 on: November 15, 2013, 02:49:19 AM »
All good news!  :D

As far as the degree is concerned, if you really do want a piece of paper, that may actually be the hardest to get a good one of. The value of the degree is pretty much a factor of the value of the school.  And, more importantly, any reasonable school has more applicants than positions. I'm not sure if they look favourably on older entrants, though that may vary, or those who aren't planning on "using it".

Have you considered, as an alternative, the higher performance awards of the various accrediting organisations (Trinity, RCM, ABRSM etc etc)?
"What the world needs is more geniuses with humility. There are so few of us left" -- Oscar Levant

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Re: I finally understand my teacher!
«Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013, 08:12:15 AM »
It seems to be increasingly common for older people to study in retirement here. Universities are getting so money oriented that as long as the student can pay for everything and doesn't want loans or scholarships I don't think they care about age, especially in the arts. Highly professional courses like medicine, dentistry and so on maybe not, but money is mostly what seems to decide everything these days. If you can play well enough to satisfy their entry criteria I can't see their refusing your money.

"When I was young they said, 'Ah, wait until you are old, then you'll see.' Well, now I am old, and I have seen nothing." - Erik Satie

Offline bernadette60614

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Re: I finally understand my teacher!
«Reply #3 on: November 16, 2013, 04:48:12 AM »
Thank you!  I will certainly take a look at credentialing organizations.

My goal isn't a degree per se, but the systematic study and competency (mastery I think may be beyond me) of the piano.

Any other input would be much appreciated!

Offline chopin2015

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Re: I finally understand my teacher!
«Reply #4 on: November 16, 2013, 04:54:27 AM »
what about a school of music, like a conservatory?
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Re: I finally understand my teacher!
«Reply #5 on: November 18, 2013, 05:35:53 PM »
Your title says " I finally understand my teacher!" but your post is about further studies.  I am interested - what is it that you finally understand?