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Hello Mayron and Colleen:
I just wanted to share a very positive story about one of my piano students. I had a mom stop by the studio about 2 months ago to talk with me about whether there was anyway we could help her visually impaired 8 year old daughter find a way to take piano lessons. M.... (the daughter) has limited vision because of a problem with her retinas. She must always wear dark glasses, is colorblind, and can only see very large print.
Dear Bill and Mayron and Colleen,
Today I taught the pedagogy class on Group Piano at Boise State University for Dr. Del Parkinson. Even though I do this each spring, I never teach it the same way twice.
Love to all,
Colleen, Mayron, & Bill,
I have people calling every week for lessons. Where have they been all my life? This is just unbelievable that so many people suddenly want to take piano.
I would love to tell Pam N. that she was right. I took pedagogy from her at UTSA almost 2 decades ago and she told me to use your course. I didn't listen and didn't have the space to do group then but it was always in my mind. Do you know her?
Yes, I know her very well! She.........is now Pam. F. She has moved to Br......, TX and teaches there. We just got an order from a school and the woman ordering said that she was ordering the books for a new teacher, P. F. She still believes in my piano method for which I am truly grateful! She is dear!--mc
I have just completed day 4 of Blast Off and invited a fellow piano teacher to observe the class. She was 'blown away' and could not believe that the 7 and 8 year olds in the class could play all the rhythms perfectly (including eighth notes) and knew where all the notes were on the piano (at double speed too!). I gave her your contact information so I hope you will be hearing from her.......She was very impressed so I hope she contacts you.
I very much enjoyed the convention this year (even though I was jet lagged having just returned from England). It was very inspiring and I love the new ensembles. The KEYS Bingo game has also been a BIG hit. thanks so much
Mayron and Colleen,
I just wanted to say how much I love your method. I have been using it for over 2 years now. There is truly nothing like this method. I mostly take beginners, but have had transfers come that could not count and were having extreme difficulty reading. They were most of the time in level 2 of other traditional methods. Within just a couple weeks of changing them over to the MC method they had greatly improved. One of those students today said, "This book has helped me read and count! Now I can even go back to my other method book and it is a lot easier to read." (This girl could not play very well and was practically in tears the first day because she was struggling reading and couldn't count.) This has happened many times over the past couple years. It is so exciting to hear them count steady and really read the notes! Parents just are thrilled with the success, but really I can not take full credit. This method is what makes the difference. If you want to teach in groups this is the only method that works! If you want happy students who practice this works! Parents do not even need to help them. You can not count on most parents to help with their busy schedules, but no worry MC method works anyway! Students go home confident and because of the confidence the students do not mind practicing. I have parents saying I wish I would have found you sooner. What a great compliment. Thanks to you for developing such a great method!
THREE LETTERS FROM ATTENDEES AT THE NATIONAL GROUP PIANO TEACHERS CONVENTION JULY,2007
I. Mayron, Bill and Colleen,
Just wanted to thank you for a WONDERFUL piano convention! I've only been teaching group piano classes with your method for the last two years and was so excited when you announced this year's convention. The classes were very
Looking forward to the next convention,
II. Hello Mayron,
Congratulations to Colleen for last week's "excellent" workshop event. You must be really proud of her successful production. I include a thank you to Chris as well.
My thanks to you and Bill for your outstanding part in the program. As always, your expertise and information continues to inspire me and makes me look really smart with my group student families. Your method and curriculum has changed my professional teaching life in ways I never imagined would happen. I am sincerely grateful for this blessing.
When I have attended other workshops, I have sometimes been asked to complete an evaluation at the end. I thought this might be helpful in planning any future conferences, so I will include my feedback on the sessions I attended. I decided on a scale of 1--5, with 5 being the highest grade.
For Friday, the a.m. sessions I attended were Misfits' Roundtable (5) which Tanya kept "on schedule". She assigned us to different tables with 5 per table and same studio teachers at seperate tables. I thought this gave balance in the followup information. My 2nd session was Q & A (5) which was very informative about group class "how to's", i.e. Colleen's color coded grading system, managing rowdy students, etc., overview & comparison to other methods.
My 3rd session was Outside the Box (4) which seemed less productive during the teacher feedback part of the program. Jane Hurlburt was the only experienced "group" teacher at her table. All the others were "prospective group" teachers with more questions than input. I did enjoy the session and will use the information which applies to me.
Fri. p.m.I attended Sample Advanced Class (5+) which applies to my group class students and private level 5 and higher students. Mayron, you make everything seem easier to teach than I ever experienced in college. Thank you! Next, I attended Bonnie's Expanding your Studio (5+) which was awesome. When you look at her outline the amount of information is well organized, extensive and "Do-able". Her experience came through clearly and I was impressed with her explainations. Yeah for our studio!
My last session was Musical Meanderings (5+) which was well done from beginning to the end. Thank you for providing the ensemble samples through Colleen's students!
Sat. a.m. with Bill was AWESOME. Both sessions were 5+. My suggestion for his 2 sessions is to video to DVD and/or CD and add this to your business manual. It would provide you an "instant update" to include whatever you decide would be beneficial in this area. Also, you could offer this DVD as a single package for those who prefer video to reading. I have no idea what the cost of production would be for you. I do think this could be more widely accessed depending on your pricing.
Sat. p.m I attended Music Composition (5+++), which made composing understandable for the first time in my teaching career. YEAH!!!!! In future, I think I will really enjoy teaching this information to my students.
This email is too long, but I truly wanted to share my thoughts with all of you. I continue to enjoy teaching your group method and find that every lesson is exciting, challenging and rewarding for me. I have empowered and successful students whose parents often ask, "How do you inspire them to practice without being nagged?" I tell them, "It's the Mayron Cole method and curriculum. It is ALWAYS FUN." Then they thank me and say, they don't remember having "fun" at their piano lessons when they were students.
I look forward to trying all the new ideas learned last week at the conference. Take care and know we at PianoRAMA are your greatest fans.
Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the presentations at the conference this past weekend. I am thrilled to begin teaching Mrs. Cole's method this fall and feel so much more confident going into my teaching having attended the seminars. Everyone did such and excellent and thorough job! On a personal note, thanks very much Dr. Cole for having such a caring spirit.... I will keep in touch. You were such a blessing to me in God's perfect time. Maybe a consult fee needs to be added to this invoice!!
Thanks to all,
Dear Mayron & Colleen,
I want to sincerely thank you for the incredible support, advice and encouragement you've given me as I've gotten my grooup studio off the ground.
My recitals are coming up soon & that is always a wonbderful time. Many, many thanks for sharing you wonderful method with the world. You are both an important part of my daily work to teach children to play piano ia a fun way.
I love your piano method! I have played the piano for years but have never been very successful at helping anyone else learn to play because I just “figured” it out for myself and never took lessons. Your method is the first teaching method that has ever made sense to me! It is so clever to teach the rhythm first (which is usually the hardest thing to grasp), and the keys on the keyboard and then introduce the staff when they already know the basics! It gets them playing the piano and excited about it right away because you have made it such simple easy steps!
I am not a piano teacher. I am an elementary school teacher, and I am very impressed at your step-by-step method. I began the very first day teaching my 6-year-old granddaughter the first lesson in EZ Keys, and we did not stop until we were halfway through the whole book! So, I am very excited about continuing working with her and being successful for the first time teaching piano lessons! (Although I am only doing one child, your group method sounds really neat. I have used group teaching methods a lot in my classroom and it is a very motivating way to learn. It really helps the shyer students feel more comfortable, too.
Your music is so pretty. After playing some of the sample pages from your website, I ordered a few of the advanced books and pieces for me to play! I have enjoyed playing all of them, including all the teacher accompaniments to the first levels! Very, very creative and clever!
Thank you for your help.
I truly enjoy teaching my group piano classes. Using Mayron Cole piano books has changed how I teach & how the children perceive music. I just switched 2 transfer students from Alfred Primer Level, & they just loved your method.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This email from a parent was forwarded to us by one of our teachers.)
I am a Jim Brickman fan, and when he recently had a free event at a Borders in the DC area, I decided to take my young family to see him. When I was getting one of his songbooks to ask him to sign, my kids asked if they could have their music books signed too! So, now both Mayron AND Jim Brickman have inspired my children to play beautiful music!
......This is our first production so we're just hoping to have the families show up and since it's Thanksgiving weekend, there will be extended family.
I have had a J&B (Ed. note: Jack and the Beranstalk Operetta) script on my shelf for over two years and was waiting for the right time. I even had Jack chosen. And I finally gave him the part. I don't seem to have the right mix of piano students. My mom did children's choir/drama for years for our church back home. I have been wanting to do this--knew it would be great. When I mentioned it to the local homeschool group(which I am a member of) the director was so excited(she is my Co-director). This was in late September so I didn't think we could attempt it but she was so enthusiastic I though I'd better go with it. Thanks for your prompt shipping because I knew we had to start the next week. Anyway, the response to the songs is so great. They really do stick in your head and the kids are learning them so quickly. The little ones who can't even read are doing the best! Only a few are my actual piano students. (but all this fun may make the others want to take!) I only have two pianists because they all want to be in it-- it's been so much fun. Everyone is just pitching in and helping. They want to make it excellent. We also have a free facility at a church gymnasium. Well, I will get back to you. They are already talking about Cinderella for the spring.
Thanks so much,
Hi Mayron and Colleen,
I had them learn from the Menehune book, and they made it to page 59!
Email with a BEAUTIFUL Grand Opening Flyer attached........, Mayron, I also advertised on a local electronic screen on the most busy street in (my city), Also put it for three weeks in the local paper. It is also being broadcast on the local movie screen before the shows. I also put it on the local radio station for this week. HOPEFULLY, it will draw LOTS of people. I have two people with the beginners , T..........., who has already taught your method and M........., who is just starting with your method. We are of course demonstrating with Mayron Cole method books, blast off and such and VERY of course with the ensemble material. I will take pictures on Saturday and send you a couple. Pray for me and this venture. With your method how can we fail, right?
(Editor's Note: This letter has a great idea! Many years ago, a teacher in Texas turned an RV into a music mobile. We wrote an article about the Texas teacher, and it is in our Advertising and Business Manual. We applaud Sherry for using our business manual in such a great way! m.c.)
Dear Mayron & Colleen,
RANA MCCOY'S PRODUCTION
Editor's note: Rana McCoy's summer drama troop 2004 presented the Jack and the Beanstalk Operetta in Stillwater, OK;
The accompaniment CD I had been using was scratched during our first dress rehearsal. I left you a message asking if I could purchase another CD to be sent overnight. Much to my relief, I received the UPS package the next day; not only did I receive prompt customer service, but you sent me two CDs and only charged me for shipping!! I thought it might have been a mistake until I read your kind comment on the invoice about being a good customer!! I was very touched by your generosity and can see why you have such a large following of faithful clients.
The recital went very well (thanks to you!). The parents and students loved Jack and the Beanstalk! We held the program at our library and had 90 people attend (more than I've had in past recitals using traditional methods). I had several parents and grandparents comment that they were glad I was doing more than just "piano" in this recital. (See picutres below.)
The parents made some really nice costumes and were very supportive of the "operetta" idea from the beginning. The students really bonded during rehearsals, and as soon as the program ended, they asked what would be the next show?! Good question....I'm really hoping your other operettas will have CD accompaniments soon -- they allowed me to give my full attention to the students during rehearsals and the performance.
I have enjoyed every bit of my first year teaching the Mayron Cole method. I wrote one article in our local paper and put about 400 flyers out last July. I also e-mailed my friends and our local homeschool organization about the Blast-Off camp. My private studio, which last year consisted of a handful of advanced voice students, grew to 33 students (mostly piano) within a month! I once again truly enjoy teaching piano to children, and have found your method to be the "magic bullet" that puts the passion and energy back into teaching studio music. Many, many thanks, Mayron.
Would you please add my information to your teacher locator?
THANK YOU for meeting a great need, not only for teachers, but for adults and children who need to learn how to really read music, and think and reason in a way that will stay with them.
Hope all is well with everyone there. Carolyn's Keyboard Corner is very busy - I think last count was 137 students. It is a good thing I am a hard worker. (ha-ha)
Thanks for everything.
But I'm sure that it will be great tomorrow night when all forty-seven students play together. Again, we all thank you for writing the Patriotic Ensemble for us. We'll get it video taped and sent to you. We hope it's worthy!