Testimonials from absolute beginners, music teachers, and/or students who have studied one of the current teaching methodologies (i.e., Suzuki, Classical).
Sean Valentine (music enthusiast who studied sound recording technology at Nassau Community College in N.Y.)
I briefly played trumpet in elementary school and took music theory when I studied sound recording technology at Nassau Community College in N.Y.
Eric's approach to teaching is as intuitive as it is enjoyable to participate in. In a single hour-long lecture, Eric's teachings enlightened me to a degree I had not experienced before. Eric's ideology reduces music to its simplest form by joining music and life into a common practice.
I truly enjoyed my time learning from Eric, and speaking with him about life and music. I am a devoted believer in Eric's "Better Way" of teaching music.
Dr. Balbinder Singh Bhogal (Chair in Sikh Studies, Professor of Religion, Hofstra University, NY)
“Teaching students to love and play music is that much easier when they are placed, as agents, at the center of music narration and comprehension. Eric teaches them a very simple vocabulary and grammar that gives students a voice they never knew they could have. That is refreshing and inspiring. Clearly, teaching students how to learn rather than merely what to learn, is superior and forms the major advantage of his approach. The fact that you have experienced musicians praise his method as deceptively simple yet empowering and illuminating, speaks volumes of a possible lacuna in how music is taught at most if not all educational levels.
I have no musical expertise per se, but as a lay person who has carefully listened to Eric’s views on a number of occasions, I am happy to highly recommend his innovative and carefully elaborated approach, not only for the elegance and accessibility of its design, but because it gives students a fresh and empowering grammar to gain the confidence to explore life itself as a musical interplay of consonance and dissonance; not unlike how Daoist sages spoke about the singular Way (Dao) via the interplay of yin and yang.”
Samantha Genova (took private Suzuki lessons for 6 years)
“The Interplay Between Consonance and Dissonance is an innovative way of thinking about how to learn music, while combining the most fundamental elements of how human beings think and act every day. The concept utilizes a metaphor that anyone can relate to and ignites a strong captivation with learning music. As someone who took traditional piano lessons for 6 years but quit, due to frustration with the monotony of the lesson structure, I would highly recommend Eric Fine’s concept of the Interplay Between Consonance and Dissonance as a superior way to learn and love music.”
David McHattie (professional musician-USC in California)
“I have studied and played music all of my life. I performed my first recital at just 6 years old in the 70’s. I then studied music at USC in California in the 80’s. I still play live and record Music to this day.
I feel Eric Fine’s approach to teaching and understanding music is not only educational, but fun and easy to understand. Eric is an extremely intelligent musician and teacher and I feel he has come up with a fun new way to enjoy, teach and learn music.
I highly recommend this new approach.”
Jodi Eastman (Mother of two who always wanted to learn but has been intimidated)
“I had no interest in learning music but Eric asked me to take his lesson and think of it as a music appreciation course.
What I learned was the overall structure of music-music architecture as he put it. He showed me that all music theory terms and topics are connected to one underlying theory. The theory was way easier to understand than I would have thought. The course gave me an approach to learning music that left me less intimidated to learn theory. The course just made me feel confident. I do have a greater appreciation for music and will never listen to music the same.”
Sean Kerber (High School Regents Diploma in Music-1994)
“I listened to a presentation by Eric Fine, it was about a new approach to teaching music. It is an easy concept that gives the average lay person a strong basic foundation of music theory. In my opinion this is a better teaching model because it sparks the interest of the participant even if they don’t know they’re interested yet. I think because it’s easy and simple it gives any student confidence, makes it fun and encourages them to learn on their own. I think it’s a smarter way to initiate desire to learn. Students don’t want to be told to memorize information; they need to want to memorize. The presentation weaves situational life experiences as metaphors to teach the basic principle that very simply, music-like life- is the interplay of consonance and dissonance on a sliding scale. I would recommend this to anyone as an easier way to fall in love with music and composing. I see nothing but upside for the future of mankind with happier smarter musicians and more people interacting via the language of music. This course is not only going to teach how to recite music but to actually be fluent in the language of music.
In 1994 I received a High School Regents Diploma in music and from my experience it was difficult to learn the way it was taught. I never looked forward to music theory class because it was so difficult to follow. If it was fun and I felt connected to the material I think I would have been a better student. For these reasons I agree with Eric’s fresh approach to teaching.”
Brett Katz (Musician, teacher and blogger. Founder of livekeyboardist.com)
“Eric's approach takes lofty musical concepts and makes them accessible by relating them to ideas that most people have directly experienced in life. This type of approach would make a fantastic pre requisite to any music class because it will allow students to have a lens to view things through. It seems to me to be quite a promising curriculum not just for general music, but for musical technology as well, as it really does a great job of allowing a student to interact with musical concepts in an isolated way to gain understanding of foundational things like tempo, and pitch so that when it comes time to put it all together, kids are excited and ready to jump in.”If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.