Canadian Musician - March / April 2018 - Page 26

KEYBOARDS Teri Parker is a Toronto-based pianist, composer, and performer. She is a University of Toronto Jazz Performance graduate and has also studied in New York City under the tutelage of world-renowned pianists and composers Aaron Goldberg, Sophia Rosoff, and Guillermo Klein. Her bands the Parker Abbott Trio and Teri Parker Quartet have released four acclaimed original albums and toured across Canada. By Teri Parker Getting Back to Lessons A Q&A with Teri Parker of Annex Academy of Music CM: Speaking about adult learners with some competency on the keyboard, what do you find is often motivating these people to get into – or back into – formal lessons? most adults are not keen to perform and get very nervous on stage. As for practicing, my adult students are all different; some have demanding jobs and limited time to practice, while others will do an hour or more daily. TP: There are many reasons why adults return to lessons. Maybe they saw how much fun their kids are having taking music lessons and want to start themselves or they have recently retired and now have the time to dedicate to practicing. Adults often have fond memories of playing piano when they were younger, and decide it’s time to start experiencing the joy of music-making again. Maybe they’ve had years of working and tak- ing care of family, and they’re coming back to music as an activity that’s for them and their inner desire to learn and grow. They come to lessons for guidance, but also to keep them motivated and to get ideas for things to work on and how. CM: How do you assess a particular stu- dent’s skill level when they’ve returned to lessons after time away, and then de- sign a course of study with that student? CM: What are some of the general dif- ferences you’ve noticed between adult learners and youngsters, speaking to things like practice, taking instruction, etc. TP: Children really want to keep progressing through the levels, getting to the next book or stage; adults aren’t as interested in that. They’re doing this for enjoyment and to learn their favourite songs. Speaking generally, I find adults are more self conscious and worried about making mistakes. Kids kind of just dive in; they have all this energy and they’re like sponges. They don’t worry too much about messing up. I find a lot of my adult students are overly con- cerned with hitting the wrong notes or mak- ing mistakes, and that can so Y][Y\][[HHX[H\[Z[]YXK^HX^H]H[[[ۈ܈[قHYXHX]\Hو][Xۜ[\ۙ\˂[[]Y\\ܛX[KYݙB][[۝و[H[^Z[ˈH[8(HHHHHHHHHH\[x&[\]H[H^B܈YK[[[[HX]\X[^H]BܚYۈX[KH[\[H\BYH[]^H\H[\\Y[X\B[ˈ\]\YH[YXHۈ]\X[ۂZHH\ۜ[YHYHX]XYX[ZB[[X\^8$[\[\ݚ\[X\[[Y[ Y^x&\HZ[X[[^H[\]ۙYX\˜[\\^HZK[[H[[[^B[H[[X]ܙX\K[ܞK[ܚX[[\[YX\܈[\ݚ\[˂]Y[X\\]HXܛ[ۈB[[Y[KH۸&]\X[H[H]قˈHۙHH\H[ٝ[\H^X[HX\][KX\ZY]\HX\K]\\[[^[\\܈[X[X\\X[ۈ܈XXK]\X[H]^HY[ۘHHXBۙܚۋHܚ]H]\ۈXH]]YKH]H[HY\[ܙ B[H^\\\\[\XXK\\X\[^H[Y\[^\[H[܈XX[˂\Y[\H[H[\\Y[\X[X[[[ܚYBX[ۜ\]ܞHو]\Xܘ[WK[YH\[X\ۙHY\B]]^x&\H[\\Y[[[BZH]H\K[\[H܈^HY[Y[š\Z\[H\]Y[ۙH[H\]H[Z[\XH[Z\X\[ˈx&[Y[BZ\\ۜXX[[]BYHݙ\\[YH^H]\^HKB[ZHHX[\XوX\[]\X˂܈Hو^H^Y[]8&\[Hœ\YZ\\ۜHH[ܙH\X[\X]K^HYHX܈X\Z[B[[ܚۈ^[\[]8&\\HZ\[[H\]\[H™][H[\X[ܚX[H[ N[H]H[HXX[܈[\]YBYX[وY\[Y[Y[™[YY]Z\\ۜ•[ܙH[]YH]HY\]\][X[H]]KH[&]]XY]Y[ۙH܈XX[]YNH]H˜H\H]]HX]\HH۸&][[BY[ZH][\\X]\H^HY&]^HZ\ۙ[܈YK^H[\›XZHH\ۜ]]H[[\Y[œY\\و\H^x&\H]]^x&[^H]] H[Y[Y[\Hٝ[\Hܚ]X[و[\[\[۸&]YYYHKBY[ۈ][8&]HY[ۙH]\˜Hو[Y\^x&[[[\[\]ۂY][[H\ۙHZ[[Z^[]B][Y\[[H\YۈHY\X\Kx&[]H[H[ܚۋ]x&[H[^\[\Y[[HX]\H]8&\™X\H܈Y[Y[\[[^B[&]Y][[[ [[وHY[HXX]H\Bܚ[[Z[H]\^x&\HY[[HXXH[YK^x&\H\[[\[\]]\]܈Hق[K]8&\[ܙHوH[X]]K^x&\HX\\[H[XYHٙ\[ۘ[]\XX[^x&\HZ[XX]\H^B[H][[] ^H[X\]]8&\H[X\H[]][ێ]8&\˜[[ZHH\[Y]\܈YHو[B$]][ۈXXH܈ Z[]\˜[[\\[H[[XXH[[^[X]]K