Gary is the first piano teacher I had who actually teaches you how to practice and helps solve problems. He also plans lessons for each student.
A true teacher, that’s what Gary is.
I chose Gary back in 2009 after decades of more off-than-on lessons — because my prior teachers were uniformly terrible. They taught “songs.” I told Gary on my first lesson I didn’t want to learn “songs” — I want to read the music like I read the newspaper. Or blog.. whatever. Time marches on ;o)
Gary teaches Music. How to read it, how to practice it, and how to play it. He teaches it in a way that you’re not even aware you’re learning.. you just find yourself practicing better, playing better.. listening better. You’ll hear things you didn’t notice before when you listen to music you know well.
Gary, yeah, you’re the best.
More than I hoped for. An appreciation.
When I met Gary, I hoped I’d find a teacher who gives the tools from the ground up for learning to play music on the piano. And I found that teacher! Sometimes it’s outside the box in a way that brings you to the heart of what makes music and playing tick. What others make complicated, Gary has a way of bringing across in a practical and deceptively simple way. You grasp it, so you grow.
I have valued “learning how to learn”: how to practise, how to divide pieces into sections, tasks, goals. It makes a world of difference. If you are used to music work taking immense effort, then working on one task you can reach, followed by another, will feel odd until you realize how much more you can achieve, and ultimately faster in the long run. The success creeps up on you. It is a cool experience. Once you have this, you can use it forever.
Music is made up of many parts: playing (technique), reading, theory etc. Here everything fits together. I’ve had lessons before and something was missing which I was searching for – I found those elements here.
I Read Music!
I have been with Gary for a little over two years, and I must say it has been a worthwhile experience!
The first thing that comes to my mind from when I started is Gary promising me that if I followed his guideline I will learn how to read music and I did!
There is a long way ahead of me to have my first piano concert; but, I’m enjoying the time spent. Every weekend I learn new things as he knows what my weaknesses and strengths are and he’s working around to make me a better piano player. I trust him 100% to take me to higher piano levels on the years to come.