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Testimonial written by a parent of a recent student:
Shad has been piano teacher for my 2 daughters for over 10 years, we enrolled in his studio when the girls were in 2nd grade. Shad has always amazed me with the level of professionalism he puts in his work regardless the age of his students. He steers away from "one fits all" approach and designs curriculum and teaching methods based on his student's individual strengths. He actively promotes effort among his students, an understanding that consistent practice is part of the deal, even at a very early age. He encourages his students to be actively involved in music outside his studio and supports them all the way. He would always find extra time to work with my daughters on their vocal pieces before their auditions or important competitions. Shad has always been willing to work alongside my daughters' piano teachers at school and they benefited from his suggestions and advice. Shad keeps a close eye on other music curricular programs available: my daughters have been participating in ABRSM program which was significantly different from the way music is taught in the US. Shad has not only been willing to help them work on required repertoire and prepare for their exams, he decided to study this program in depth and, seeing the merits of it, started suggesting it to some of his students. I especially appreciate the fact that Shad is constantly working on improving his own musicianship, and his students ultimately benefit from what he learns in summer music clinics and master classes. Over the years Shad has become more than just a music teacher, but a close friend; my daughters appreciated his advice when they were going through college application process. Both my daughters would continue with music even after graduation from Shad's studio, an achievement Shad would always acknowledge and celebrate with his entire studio.
Shad is an amazing music teacher and he has our highest recommendations.