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on November 13, 2013
I recently signed up for piano lessons with Takelessons. I am an intermediate player of several years so was looking for a teacher that could take me to the next level. I was excited to find a teacher who would come to my home and according to the profile was experienced with classical music, which was mostly what I want to learn.
My teacher called me the day after I signed up, and we had a nice chat, but I guess I was surprised they he didn't really ask me any questions about what my goals were or what I was looking for.
Unfortunately though it was very clear after just a few minutes of the first lesson that the teacher really had very little experience of teaching classical music. In fact he didn't even recognize the pieces I was learning, many of which were really basic pieces used by most teachers - and all my previous teachers too (e.g., Bach Inventions, Chopin Preludes). He had no suggestions at all for tempo, phrasing, pedaling, or really anything about making the piece sound more musical. I actually wonder if he had ever even been a teacher and was just somebody with a music degree trying to do a side business in his retirement. Maybe he would be great for beginners but it was clear that he wasn't the right teacher for me (and again his profile had said he could teach more advanced students).
Given the price I was paid ($60/hr) I didn't think it was good value for money, so the following day I called Takelessons and asked for my money back. I will give Takelessons credit here, they were very accommodating and instantly refunded the money (it was back in my credit card account withinin 48 hours).
But now I am wary of using Takelessons again. I only have a data set of one, but I do wonder how well they vet their teachers. Are they just looking for warm bodies, how do they really check whether a person is competent to teach? As somebody else pointed out I think the really good teachers probably don't need Takelessons. It seemed like a good idea but I'm not sure they could provide what I'm personally looking for.