Testimonials for Virginia Mathews of Burnet Music School of Kitchener, Ontario
Parent of student
Our piano tuner helped us considerably when he heard our son play the piano and recommended Virginia as a piano teacher. Our son had a piano teacher at the time, through a local well-respected music school, but our tuner wisely pointed out that each person needs a teacher who can work best with him or her, and he knew an excellent teacher who worked with many gifted and challenged students. Until we started with Virginia five years ago, our son was struggling with music. Having some learning challenges, he loved music and could play by ear, but he resisted reading music and maintaining an accurate tempo. He had been through four piano teachers and his progress was painfully slow until he started with Virginia. She recognized when he was “off” and changed activities throughout the lesson. Where the other teachers would confine their teaching to the progression of books in a series, Virginia would encourage our son to explore the music that he loved and would help him with his other musical interests, such as transcribing and composing. She worked with his gift to play by ear and used it to help him with his weakness for reading music. Virginia sees her students for their own unique talents, abilities, and challenges and works with them to attain their goals. By customizing the music lessons to fit our son’s interests, she ignited his passion for music. With her expertise he began to enjoy playing the piano and progressed through the Royal Conservatory of Music to the point that he will complete his grade 8 this June and has won some competitions.
I have been present at most of their lessons and can see the rapport and respect she has built. As a high school teacher, I recognize the excellent teaching strategies Virginia uses and admire her professionalism, devotion to her craft, and her ability to encourage her students. She is organized, reliable, patient, and kind. In the recitals she holds, you can see the pride she has in all of her students’ accomplishments. I highly recommend Virginia as a piano teacher.
Christine Straus, April 2016