So much of piano instruction is concerned with expectations: Having dutifully practiced, the student shows up with some idea of what the teacher expects to hear, usually prepared to be told that whatever he or she brings to the lesson is wanting in some critical area.  
If the teacher expects always only to hear evidence that the student has prepared the lesson, then the student is not getting his/her money's worth.  If, on the other hand, the teacher is willing to listen for and substantiate whatever original response the student injects into the playing, ah!  fortunate are they both.
It is not easy to do that kind of listening.  
 


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