I've been attending piano lessons with George for a month now, and they have been excellent so far. As an absolute beginner at the piano, I was slightly worried about taking lessons with a teacher. However, George immediately made me feel comfortable in his home, and began by understanding my goals as a student.
George has an in-depth knowledge of music ranging from pop to jazz to classical. Beside his beautiful sounding upright piano, he has several bookshelves crammed with sheet music which he consults several times each lesson. In every lesson, our conversation leads him to a book or notebook he has stashed away where he produces a piece or note that we discuss.
George strives to individualize his teaching style to accommodate the needs of his student. I was particularly aware of this after he told me a touching story about why he needed to cancel one of our lessons:
A student of his, a young boy, loved the music of Star Wars, and wanted to learn to play pieces from the famous scores. George expressed interest in learning more, wanting to share in the excitement. After some time, the boy's father invited George to attend a Phoenix Symphony "Star Wars: The Music" performance. And so, George was afraid that he had to cancel our Wednesday lesson, because he absolutely could not miss the opportunity.
It's the little touches like those, which make for a great relationship between a teacher and a student.
I look forward to many more lessons with George.