Profiles of Students Past & Present
Over the past 30 years I have taught Piano & Flute to well over a thousand people. Here are some profiles of just a few of the individuals I teach today and have taught over the last quarter century.
When at the concert, we had a chance to sit and chat with Matthew’s parents, Alice & Glen. Glen mentioned that, unknown to me, Matthew wanted to quit piano several times. He persevered nonetheless and at a certain point piano stopped being a chore for him and became his passion instead.
WILLIAM - Will has been studying piano with me since he was five years old. Now, several years later, he is one of my most gifted students. Through the years, though he played many a classical piece, he had no interest in the RCM examination system. A number of months ago Will asked if he could try a piano exam and we’re now preparing for his grade 8 practical for this summer, 2015. Once he attains his 8th level piano and accompanying advanced rudiments he’ll receive a high school credit and basically have the requirements, music-wise, needed for entrance into most Canadian universities. He will have accomplished this all before starting high school. At his public school in Pickering, Frenchman’s Bay P.S., Will is in demand as one of the performing pianists for school assemblies & events.
Erin - Erin studied both flute & piano with me from 2011 till 2014. During that time she mastered many pieces and has played a very active role in her schools music programs. Last fall she visited me for some advice on performing as primary pianist for her schools musical. Dunbarton High School performed Seussical the Musical this past fall. Erin really had things well in hand….the score she was performing would have been challenging for any professional let alone a grade 10 high school student!
I can still remember pieces that he had composed and brought to his lesson for me to see. In time he became my resident expert on Meatloaf’s music (Jim Steinman). Iris & I became close friends to he and his family and we performed not only for his sister’s Bat Mitzvah but her wedding and Jeff’s wedding as well.
Though it might not have made any difference, I like to imagine that the people who encourage others positively instead of discouraging them, can make a difference as to what they do with their lives. Jeff, besides being a school teacher is also an accomplished children’s author alongside his wife Danielle.
Together they have written several books for children!