Originally posted by Piano lady:
Forgot. Wrong era. I didn't have a choice. "We do Bach to teach you counterpoint and coordination." Then I found when I got out of college that I liked him.
I sometimes forget I'm teaching in a different era, too, Piano Lady. These days, practicing seems to be a foreign concept to most students. I'm not even sure I'm going to keep teaching after I leave Lubbock. I've just about had my fill of working with students who won't complete their assignments. Students from my generation didn't pick & choose what they were going to do or not do. I don't know how things evolved to the present state where students call the shots, but it certainly makes teaching difficult. How can one learn if one is not willing to do the assignments?
If the only time a piano student thinks about piano is once a week at lesson time, progress is painfully slow! :rolleyes: Getting students to equate practice with progress is, in a word, difficult.
Back to Bach: I agree that there's nothing better to get one's fingers in shape than Bach.