March 15, 2009

Thank you for teaching your students about grace and poise.  Compared with the other 4 kids I saw perform with Peter and Lauren during the past two Saturdays, I must say your students sure know how to announce their pieces and make a "stage presence".  The 2 boys Peter was with this morning didn't give full titles for their pieces (opus #) and didn't bow.  They spoke quietly and didn't make good eye contact.  Even though Peter was very nervous, he did not forget to smile, bow, announce his pieces clearly, and he appeared confident.  I was telling my mom on the phone this morning that this is such a valuable skill that you have taught your students that can be used in any public speaking context.

Thanks again for sharing this gift with my children.

Sheryll Vanderhooft


March 28, 2009

Hey Janisse!

I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of the preparation that you have provided for me.  Today AIM seemed really easy and it was because you pushed us so hard.  I thought that AIM would be really hard because of how you were testing us, but you were over-preparing us, which is much better than being under-prepared.  I got through all of my exams in about an hour and a half, thanks to your preparation.  Anyways, you are such a great teacher!  Thanks for helping me out.  You are awesome!!!




Hi Janisse,

Thank you for organizing such a terrific summer program!

Alex had a blast, and within minutes of picking him up on the last day, he asked if he could do it again next summer.

Ben wants to do it next summer, too.


Many thanks J




November 24, 2009
I really wanted to let you know how much I value your dedication, friendship, and patience in teaching piano to David!!!!!  He simply could NOT have learned this year's concerto without your encouragement and expertise - and he learned SOOO much from this "Bach" experience!  Each year, I continue to be amazed at how you are able to motivate him to want to try to his best!!!!
Lots of hugs and thanks,
Diana G. Wilkins, PhD.
Director, Center for Human Toxicology
Research Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

October 7, 2010

Allison Barton, age 11 has to compile a scrapbook for a school assignment detailing what her life "has been" like for the past 30 years, i.e. when she's 41 and looking back at what she's accomplished.

After i finished college, I heavily went into my passion, piano. I have now been playing since I was six years old and love it. I can also play a lot of woodwind instruments such as saxophone, trumpet, french horn, clarinet, and so much more. I find that if you now your basic steps in piano and all of the terms, it is very easy to learn how to play a new instrument. I often play for people for fun. I practice everyday for 2 hours I know it sounds like a lot but it is very fun and so worth it.


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