Our piano teacher, who has been teaching the boys for 7 years now has gone back to University full time. She wants to keep teaching the boys but felt that Spencer was now past where she could teach him and suggested that he move on to someone who can take him farther. She recommended someone to us.
On Saturday we met with the teacher that she recommended. During the interview we found out just how accomplished a pianist she is. She has done many concert tours and has many recordings. She totally impressed Spencer when she told him that one of her friends is Oscar Petterson. (she also told him that if he was good enough she would arrange for Spencer to play for him ... hmmmmm ... I don't think he's quite there yet!)
Anyway, she listened to him play. She thinks he's good (well, I do too, but I'm his mother!) and confirmed to me that he has perfect pitch (which to mean just means that he has a unique quirk that he could show off at parties!) She noticed some flaws in his playing and said that she's pretty picky and would fix those right away. She said that she would love to work with him and would even re-arrange some of her other students to fit him in.
Wow! This sounds all very cool.
So ... when we were getting ready to leave I asked her "By the way, what's your fee."
"$90 an hour." ...and that's her cheap rate. She charges $120 if you do it out of the conservatory!
We've got a lot of thinking and talking to do!