I was really worried that I would have to try a few teachers before I found the one I was looking for, but I lucked out and found Corby on the first try! One of the things that caught my eye while reading was that she never makes a student learn to play something they don’t like. This was a big deal for me. Nobody likes to struggle to learn something they don’t enjoy playing or hearing, and I noticed right from the beginning Corby offered up several different pieces of music that reinforce the concepts she is teaching for that lesson and lets me pick which one I like best.
It really helps out when practicing during the week because I actually want to learn the piece and it motivates me to practice each day. I also like that she goes beyond teaching how to play something with technical accuracy. She has good learning techniques on how to make the music com alive with feeling instead of robotic or forced. I’m an adult, but I arrived early for my lesson one day and she was finishing a lesson with a young girl maybe about 7 years old and I was really impressed with how she interacted with her. It was very cool to see them both having fun and that’s what it’s all about. I only wish I’d had a teacher with the same enthusiasm when I was a kid – If I had I wouldn’t need lessons today!