29, 2013 12:59 a.m. ET Teddy Roosevelt busted Standard Oil. The Obama administration? It’s making the world safe from rapacious piano teachers. Every month, it seems, brings a new story of this presidency leveling the intimidating powers of the federal government against some law-abiding citizen.
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More photos Their results, published in 2010 in the American Journal of Distance Education, showed that there was less idle chitchat and joke-telling during videoconference lessons. Students made more eye contact and spent more time actually playing their instruments than those who studied in person, where there are arguably more distractions. (Being middle-schoolers, though, one student did point out that it was easier to cheat on fingering during the remote lesson, because the teacher’s view was limited.) Resistance is understandable, given that the in-person master-apprentice model has a long and storied history. “That’s how Mozart was taught. That’s how Bach was taught,” said Orman, who with Whitaker is researching virtual-reality instruction methods for conductors. But advanced students often travel long distances for the right mentor: Orman went all the way to the Conservatoire National de Region de Bordeaux, in France, to study classical saxophone performance. For those unable or unwilling to make such a commitment, cutting out the commute is increasingly being recognized as a worthwhile goal.
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How much do piano lessons cost in the Twin Cities area?
The length of the piano lesson is typically thirty minutes for beginners and forty-five minutes to an hour long for more advanced students. Most piano teachersrequire their students attend weekly lessons. Some piano teachers offer a thirty minute lesson, followed by a fifteen minute computer lab time where students work on music theory or play music-related games. A new trend for piano teachers is to charge by semesters. While some people don’t like paying such a largesum all at once, other parents like the semester system because they don’t have to bother with writing out a check every month.
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The association must also develop a sweeping antitrust compliance program that will require annual training of its state presidents on the potential crimes of robber-baron piano teachers. It must submit regular reports to the FTC and appoint an antitrust compliance officer. (The FTC wanted the officer to be an attorney, but Mr. Ingle explained that this would “break the bank,” so the agencyhow graciousis allowing him to fill the post.) And it must comply with most of this for the next 20 years. The MTNA is not yet free of fear; the FTC has still to approve the consent decree. An FTC spokesman told me the agency does not confirm or deny the existence of investigations.
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