Advice for piano teachers

classic-1846719_1920The memories a lot of people have of piano lessons at school makes it easy to forget that some of the greatest composers also spent considerable amounts of time teaching the instruments to the star pupils of the day. Chopin, Liszt and Schubert are just a few examples. Whether or not your piano teacher is famous, the relationship built up with them is important. British pianist Stephen Hough, he is in favour of a much more hands-off approach at a higher level: “a good teacher should probably not even like everything each of her students does. The more talented the pupil the longer the leash of freedom should be.”