I have been taking lessons with Mary for 5 months now, playing classical guitar with her once a week. When I was looking for a teacher, I wanted someone who could help me understand music theory and technique better, since I'm like a lot of guitarists (self-taught) with a lot of folk songs and pop songs under my belt. I've always had a dream of playing better. So when I came to her, I had high expectations about progressing past my current talent level.
What I like most about Mary is that she seems to remember why I picked her in the first place. She never lets me slack on my technique, and she is always teaching me something new about reading and interpreting music, music theory, and she has a way of making her love of music infectious. Whereas I originally started to see her in order to fill a void in my knowledge, she regularly expands past where I'd expect, teaching me about what was popular in the Renaissance, how different famous masters play, and just generally being a great way to get exposure to various ways to prepare for and play classical music.
I am a working adult, and she has also been a perfect teacher for me from a convenience standpoint...she has been extremely accommodating of my busy life, she's flexible, and understanding and can usually reschedule me. She lets me film her play, she listens to my recordings, she wants to hear what I'm thinking about when I play.
Mary lives up to her billing, she is a knowledgeable teacher, who more than anything, always helps me learn something deeper about the music than I expected. She expects me to work and learn, and has the patience and sense of humor to make it fun and enjoyable, despite the challenges that come with a hard piece and forming new habits. She is certainly making me a better player, and I always look forward to my time with her.