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Thank you for a wonderful workshop in London. Those who didn't attend sure missed a good one.  I found it valuable. It looks like you are educating 2 generations (young & older) with a new way of thinking and speaking to better relate to and engage our students."

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I spent half of a lesson hearing my student and mother absolutely rave about your workshop!  The mother, a teacher at the local high school, could not believe that they bring in clinicians from the U.S. for their PA days when we have 'such a talented and inspirational' right here in Ontario"

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"Thanks again for a fun, informative, helpful, encouraging workshop. You are awesome!"

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"As for Saturday it was GREAT!! I was so uplifted and my pupils love the awesome bit. I have the picture on my piano. Keep up the good work"

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"…love the approach all-round. Music needs to bring joy--if it doesn't, there is  something very wrong with what we're doing."

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"It was great to see how much the students loved it. You made them all feel special and they were all smiling when they left." (MYC Teacher)

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My students that are calling me on a regular basis re their practice I think are feeling rather special and playing well so we are all happy.  The Practice Monster has been silenced at least for a while. Thanks for giving us the great tools to make our musical lives more pleasant.

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I want to thank you for your dynamic presentation of Calming the Practice Monster!
 
Speaking as a teacher I can tell you that your message of “Create the fun and the results will come” has
taken my “teaching” to a new level.  I now am very conscious of appreciating the value of time spent together in this process of discovering the music within each of us, and less concerned with the should’s that can so easily take over lesson time.
 
I have also taken up your challenge to record how I spend the time in my day and have opened up an “awesome” amount of time in which I am able to experience the joy of making music for myself.

I believe that everyone will benefit from your inspiring presentation, regardless of the roll music plays in their life.


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Thank you, Paul and the Practice Monster for an amazing workshop! The energy, enthusiasm and passion that you present is infectious and inspiring.  You offered practical solutions for parents, students AND teachers to ensure practice time is not only consistent but efficient.

Every teacher, parent and student NEEDS to hear this positive message and the tools you provided to make sure the practice monster stays subdued during our musical journey!  Every teacher, parent and student NEEDS to hear the strategy and solutions to calm the monster when(and not if) the monster appears.  Every teacher, parent and student NEEDS to hear that all we have is time - and quit making 'noise' about the things we can't do! 

By the way, my music parents AND students are already asking when the Monster is coming back to our city....the immediate results in my studio have been amazing.

Mr. Paul - you are awesome!

Sincerely,
Anita Kuntz - MYCC
Saskatchewan Coordinator
www.myc.com
The high note in music learning.

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Good morning,

I just wanted to thank Mr Paul for a great workshop on Saturday.  His energy was unbelievable and his attitude was inspiring.  I have a student who is routinely a pain in the neck...never practices, always fights tooth and nail to play thru even one short song, and rarely has any fun...my eyes were opened to the fact that I need to change what I am doing to engage him, and for that I will be eternally grateful.

Now for part two of my reason for emailing...my kids and I attended under the impression that this was a workshop that would connect parents, kids (students) & teachers of any stripe, and while I suppose that is true, imagine my surprise as a guitar player/teacher to be the only one!!!  I was surrounded by pianists!  

Anyway, as I was saying, it might be helpful to inform people that it is piano based, but that they will get something out of it regardless of what instrument they play or teach.

It was a very entertaining and informative 3 hours.  My kids were positively impacted and for that I can't thank Paul enough.

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I took the improv/jamming exercises you gave us in yesterday morning's workshop and immediately showed my students how to play them. They are thrilled and had a lot of fun. I even had a student's grandmother try the exercise, (F#D#BC#) after her grand daughter's lesson. I also had a Gr. 4 student play technique as kangaroo, angry and on a breakaway in hockey. Thanks for the great ideas!

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I just want to remind you how much I appreciate your passion in what you are doing and I am very thankful I got to be part of the Calming the practice monster workshop in February this year. You changed the life of my Autistic student that attended the seminar with his mom and he was able to complete his goal of Level 6.  I have shared with all my students how we can discuss, plan and negotiate agreements.

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Hello Paul,

It has already been two weeks since you were in Regina and I finally have a chance to send you an email to thank you so much for coming to do the great workshop.

The students who were there definitely got the message and now understand much better how they need to approach practicing in their lives.  What it has made all of us aware of is that we all have our “practice monsters” myself included, and that if they arouse my practice monster we have to deal with that as well as when theirs rises up.

The idea of the phone call for students struggling to get practicing done is working WONDERFULLY.  I have two  students that I asked to call me as per your suggestion and they are very good about it. I think they are thrilled with how pleased I sound when I hear their voice.  As a result of course we are having great lessons.

Many of my students are great practicers – at least right now – so what I have done is asked them to keep track of their practice time – exact start and finish times in their lesson books that all have practice charts in them – along with a checkmark to say they have read their lesson and one to say they have practiced their technique.  At the end of October we are getting together for masterclasses and they will bring their practice charts so we can compare notes and learn from each other.  They are all being very good about keeping track.

I heard many positive comments from students, parents and teachers.

The fact that the parents heard what you had to say is also great and I think they now feel more part of the whole process – not just the practice police on a daily basis – but the students are the ones who have to take the responsibility.

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From Parents & Students

Hi Mr. Paul,
I attended your worksop today with my daughter, (the one in pink). I just wanted to tell you that your advice is aleady bearing fruit.  When we 'played' piano tonight (trying very hard to excise the word 'practice' from my vocabulary) I applied the technique of getting her to play her scales by making them sound like different animals, which she enjoyed very much.  I also let her experiment with different rhythms with pieces she already knew (she learned the word synchopation tonight) and let her use the sustain pedal more often (which I don't normally do). I also was not so judgmental when she made mistakes or got a little distracted.  Anyway, at the end of the session, she said, with a big smile on her face, "Daddy, can we always play piano like we did just now instead of the old way of practising?" She had lots of fun! (and so did I!)

I'll be sure to recommend your workshop to others!

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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 practising 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 practise must come from within. For the first time, I no longer have to check that he has practised. Thank you.

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I just attended your workshop this Saturday in Thunder Bay. I wanted to thank you for an inspiring workshop. My 9 year old son was initially reluctant to go since he had a chance to go hunting with his Dad. After the workshop he commented that he had had fun and he keeps reminding me that he is just 'awesome'.

I hope you do make it up to Thunder Bay again since I know so many people that would benefit from this workshop!


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Great workshop  thank you for your time and energy and for coming to thunder bay.... i enjoyed the workshop but my son enjoyed it more  so bravo.....the monster sheet is taped up by the piano.... Thanks again, it was excellent.

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Hi Mr. Paul,
 
Its Heather from you’re workshop in Thunder Bay. I took one of you’re bookmarks and use it everytime I read a book. I love reading. My hobbie is going to a peaceful place (such as the Marina) and reading for hours on end while Jeffrey plays at the splash pad. J I just finished practiceing. I’m going to start my absalutely brand new time journal tomorrow moring. I’ll probably send you my page for each day in an email at the end of each day. (the next morning)

I’M AWESOME
 
And so are you and so is everybody else in the world.

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