Appropriate method for adult students?

Karen Steinrock said: May 30, 2017
 2 posts

I’m 63 years old, recently retired, with a new baby grand we just love. I’ve always played by ear and also read music. Have been taking refresher lessons for the past year, but am looking to improve a little faster. Current teacher has really helped me bone up on reading music, but still tend to memorize everything (without trying to)….is this method appropriate for someone my age? Thank you!

Joanne Shannon said: Jun 2, 2017
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Los Angeles, CA
49 posts

Sounds like you’re past the beginner stage for any method. Since you memorize so well, you might think about taking up jazz.

Karen Steinrock said: Jun 2, 2017
 2 posts

It’s hard to find a piano teacher who understands the “by ear” part. I do play some jazz, but at this age any help is welcome. Maybe I’m too old for the Suzuki method. My husband (also 63) and I both play….he’s a bit more “classical”, which works out great. No competition. Maybe we are both in too much of a hurry to advance, but we LOVE our new piano! Thanks for responding. Karen

Joanne Shannon said: Jun 2, 2017
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Los Angeles, CA
49 posts

I just spent a year with a jazz piano instructor. Learned a lot. Got right down to the basics. Unfortunately, memorization is tough for me….but I haven’t given up. (I’m 75). Here’s the book I’m using—… Jazz Keyboard Harmony by Phil DeGreg.

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