23, 2003 Josh showed up on my doorstep for his first guitar lesson.
With no previous musical experience, he was a typical teenage beginner -
he struggled through the initial stages of adapting to the instrument
and the frustrations involved - but unlike many beginners, he persevered
with a determination that surprised me again and again. June 24, 2006,
Josh headed off to university. We recorded him singing and playing a
full CD (titled “Odyssey”) of his favourite tunes; here’s the feedback.
I got the CD and I love it, I can't thank you enough - it turned out so
well. The only problem is you didn't make enough copies; there’s havoc
in my house over the CD! I really want to thank you for everything - not
just the CD, but also for being the guide of my musical journey. It has
been a pleasure working with you and learning from you.
Words seem so inadequate to thank you for the most beautiful gift you
shared with us this morning. Of course, I was aware of Josh's passion
for guitar, but experiencing his growth and self-confidence through the
"Odyssey" you compiled is an incredible experience for any listener, but
truly overwhelming for a mother.
Thank you so much for taking the time to really get to know Josh and
nurture his growth and development. You are truly deserving of the name
"teacher" in the finest and fullest sense. Your commitment and
generosity to Josh and his music has been incredible.
Helena and Jeff Axler"
remember my first lesson with Tod clearly. I was so excited when I came
home after my first lesson and I could play 'Green Eyes' by Cold Play.
Based on my childhood experience taking piano lessons, I had anticipated
having to do scales and chords for months before playing something
cool! But instead, we hit the ground running (or rather playing).
That's what I love about taking lessons with Tod - he always keeps it
fun and relevant. He teaches you to play the music that you love and
choose, not what he suggests that you play. I found this was a great way
to keep motivated and enthusiastic about learning and developing my
skills as a musician.
It's also very impressive to see him figure out how to play one of my
favourite songs after one or two listens, and then translate and
transcribe it into something simplified that I could tackle as a
beginner. I work full-time and don't have much time to practice, and I
found that being able to play songs that I knew and loved really helped
me to progress quickly and with great ease. I can't imagine how much I
could accomplish with Tod's guidance if I actually applied myself!
In addition, my work schedule was often quite unpredictable, and Tod
would go out of his way to fit me into his busy schedule for a 'make-up'
session. This level of flexibility really helped me out.
It is my impression that Tod gives a great deal of care and attention to
all of his students, and really tailors his teaching style to suit your
personal goals, ambitions and skill level. I would not hesitate to
recommend Tod as a teacher!"