Success Stories



From Parents & Students

Your work with Sam to help him manage his piano practice schedule has been very successful. He is able to break his practice into two blocks of time each day. Before school Sam spends 10 minutes on technical components like scales. In the evening he will often spend longer than your minimum of 20 minutes practicing performance pieces. After talking with both of us, you helped him find a way to structure his practice time. Sam now understands that was when he was trying to do all of his practice in the morning, he was rushing through just to get it done without enjoying it. Sam is old enough (at 14 years of age) that the desire and discipline to practice must come from within. For the first time, I no longer have to check that he has practiced. Thank you.

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Well well...I was just thinking about emailing you tonight, and here it is!  The practice schedule is in effect, a gentleman's agreement to this point and one that has been honoured thus far.  I am pleased to report that Naomi has progressed beyond the single note song "Soft Kitty" [aka "Lightly Row"] to playing 2 or 3 Taylor Swift songs using chords!  Plus she has taken the same 4-5 chords that she learned from Taylor's songs and is writing her own songs on a daily basis!  She rarely writes out what chords she's using, but she has lyrics coming out the wazoo!  She's always written songs, and I have always encouraged her to continue.

Keegan is continuing to excel at the trumpet.  At one of his lessons, we had a hard time distinguishing between him and the teacher!!

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us...It was a remarkable experience and one that I'm sure will impact us all for years to come.

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I practiced at 7:15 p.m. My new agreement is to practice at 7:15 p.m. every week day. If we know in advance that something else will be going on at 7:15 p.m., then I will do it at 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays are at 9:30 a.m. I play each song three times, with the CD if it says to do it with the CD. No complaining. Mom or dad tells me when it is time to practice.

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Dear Mr. Paul, I wanted to thank your for your presentation Saturday morning in Thunder Bay. You have gotten through to my son! Johnny is a lover of rules, he is also a perfectionist. That said when he can't follow the rules perfectly he gets over whelmed and wants to quit! He had begged for years to play the violin, and last year he began lessons. He quickly became over whelmed with all there was to learn and the practice monster came out! He has begged us to let him quit! We have not set any goals, or expected any achievements from his lessons, but we did not want to see him just give up because it was tough. I had begged him to just pick up his violin and play with it rather then stare at his book in frustration and not practice anything!

On Saturday afternoon he asked if we could make a practice agreement. So we did, he agreed that 2pm (while his sisters are sleeping and before his brother is home from school) is the best time for him to practice, and that each day this week when the reminder goes off on my phone he would go in his room without procrastination and play all of his songs (3 this week) twice, once like a snake and once like an eagle (he said kangaroos are too hard to bow!). Today he went right away, I heard a little warm up and then I heard his songs, all back to back without ever having to ask him to focus or get back to it! Then I heard the most remarkable thing, he explored! He played whatever he wanted just for fun! after a few minute I went to the door and asked "What are you doing?" He responded "Just playing for fun like Mr. Paul said I could!" So thank you for telling him it is okay to enjoy his instrument, that sometimes it's okay not to follow the rules and not try to be perfect! He heard you say what I'd been trying to tell him and maybe now he'll find the enjoyment he was looking for when he begged to learn! You are awesome:)

Johnny wanted to say "Hey Mr. Paul, I made and agreement with my mom, and today I practiced my songs twice each, once like a snake and once like an eagle! And I am AWESOME!

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I practiced at 7:15 p.m. My new agreement is to practice at 7:15 p.m. every week day. If we know in advance that something else will be going on at 7:15 p.m., then I will do it at 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays are at 9:30 a.m. I play each song three times, with the CD if it says to do it with the CD. No complaining. Mom or dad tells me when it is time to practice. 

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