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How do you pronounce “accompanist”?
It’s four syllables: uh-KUM-puh-nist. If I were into botany, I’d be a botanist, but since I accompany, I’m an accompanist!
What’s a Collaborative Pianist?
“Accompanist” and “collaborative pianist” are different titles for the same job. “Accompanist” implies an imbalanced relationship between soloist and back-up, while “collaborative” implies a partnership between the pianist and the instrumentalist or singer. I use both, but I love the connotation of the latter!
How young should my kid be when they start piano lessons?
I do not personally teach toddlers or pre-schoolers, but some teachers (especially those who are trained in the Suzuki method) take very young students. I was five when I showed an interest in piano and seven when I began lessons. However, no one is ever too OLD to learn!
Why do you charge so much for a hobby? The lady at church accompanies my kid for free.
It’s wonderful that she is willing to be so generous! Accompanying requires a high level of skill and focus, as we must know the music well enough to devote half of our attention to supporting the soloist, catching them when they fall behind or skip ahead, and anticipating when they will breathe. I have also studied historical performance practice and languages for the most accurate and informed performance. It’s a job, and it’s traditional to pay people for their skills. Please consider paying the church lady.
Do you teach voice lessons?
Nope. I am a vocal coach, but not a voice teacher. I can help advanced and professional singers to polish their performance by giving advice about performance practice and language diction. Beginner singers should work with a voice teacher, and I’d be happy to recommend some great ones in the Chicago area!