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getlearning: Learning to play a musical instrument in later life

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Playing for one’s own personal pleasure, free from any commercial pressures or deadlines, is a powerful drug
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Rhonda Bradley's curator insight, March 21, 2014 1:53 AM

These are the kind of stories that make a piano teacher's day.  From this perspective, there's nothing more fun than teaching somebody over the age of sixty, and I'll tell you why:  they have no fear.  

 

My most memorable students over the course of 22 years of teaching have all been over the age of sixty.  There was Dolores who would tell me to shut the h*** up when I told her to count, or when she got too stressed, simply light up a cigarette, diplomacy be damned.  

 

There was Bernadette who offered tidbits of life's secrets (and made me a scarf that still hangs in my close 10 years later), and Marge -- who didn't give a hoot whether she played it perfect or not.

 

These are the students who keep you going, and keep that spark in a teacher's eyes.  So it was pleasant surprise to stumble on this story, that brought back so many reminders of some of my all-time favorite students.

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Play Me I’m Yours: Street pianos Boston festival

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Print PDFCelebrating its 75th anniversary, Celebrity Series of Boston has brought 75 pianos that have been installed in public spaces around the city. “Play Me, I’m Yours,” by artist Luke Jerram, h...

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getlearning: Learning to play a musical instrument in later life

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Playing for one’s own personal pleasure, free from any commercial pressures or deadlines, is a powerful drug
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These are the kind of stories that make a piano teacher's day.  From this perspective, there's nothing more fun than teaching somebody over the age of sixty, and I'll tell you why:  they have no fear.  

 

My most memorable students over the course of 22 years of teaching have all been over the age of sixty.  There was Dolores who would tell me to shut the h*** up when I told her to count, or when she got too stressed, simply light up a cigarette, diplomacy be damned.  

 

There was Bernadette who offered tidbits of life's secrets (and made me a scarf that still hangs in my close 10 years later), and Marge -- who didn't give a hoot whether she played it perfect or not.

 

These are the students who keep you going, and keep that spark in a teacher's eyes.  So it was pleasant surprise to stumble on this story, that brought back so many reminders of some of my all-time favorite students.

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'Play Me, I'm Yours': Tuning up Boston streets - Boston Globe

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'Play Me, I'm Yours': Tuning up Boston streets
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The idea for a festival of street pianos originated with the British artist Luke Jerram, who has a knack for staging whimsical public encounters with music.

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