I wanted you to know that the techniques you have been using to teach
my daughter piano and music theory have been, quite simply, amazing.
Her learning curve has been, to say the least, dramatic.
After her first lesson, she showed me how she could construct a scale
starting on any note. It was like a puzzle to her to figure out each
key, and she was eager to show us how she could do it.
Despite Liv's natural ability with melody, I had a difficult time
giving her piano lessons, because she was never motivated to practice.
This is why I took a keen interest when she came home from the lesson
and told me with a smirk, "Rob's a WAY better teacher than you. Dad!"
Then she showed me the entire lesson. The simplicity and logic of the
approach floored me, as my own teaching technique had been standard and
did not interest her in practicing at all (Dad's have it tough!)
Intrigued (and jealous!) I listened to the tapes of your lessons and,
in my opinion, your teaching skills and lesson plan are the clearest,
most fun and most logical I have ever seen.
Liv's fascination with your technique of teaching her to construct
scales from every note was particularly telling; previously from my
teacher her by the book, she had zero interest in developing rote
skills. What you have done is make her approach music as a series of
creative puzzles, and I was struck by the satisfaction she had in
figuring each part of the lesson out.
Of course, she still hates the fingering exercises! But at least she's
doing them, and this is a major step forward.
Finally, since Liv is a blossoming song writer, I wanted you to know
how amazed I was that she WANTED to practice the chord progressions
exercises, and was especially interested in making up her own
progressions. As a result she showed me some chord progressions she
thought sounded "cool."
In short, Kay and I wanted to give you feedback that your skills as a
teacher are of a higher level than those of any teacher we have had for
the kids, your techniques are original, simple and, in Liv's case,
We wanted to give you our feedback so that you were aware of how much
you've turned around Liv's disinterest in practicing in the first
Martin Olson (Liv's Dad)
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