I purchased my first piano about a year and a half ago. For the first couple of months I tried learning on my own by using YouTube and other online materials. While I could memorize parts of some songs, I quickly hit a wall as I had little to no understanding of music theory. Frustrated, I let the piano gather dust in the corner and stopped my musical journey.
After a tip from a coworker, I setup a trial session with Andy just under a year ago. I was initially unsure about using an online instructor, and was even less sure that I had the aptitude to learn to play. The first session with Andy was enough to change my mind. He is knowledgeable, supportive, and most importantly, understanding. I’ve never felt pressured or stressed that I need to learn anything and I know that I can always reach out with any questions. He is flexible with scheduling and is always willing to work with my sometimes inconsistent availability.
My time spent learning from Andy has been an overwhelmingly positive experience and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. I’ve learned to competently play a couple of songs but am most surprised at my growing understanding of music theory due to Andy’s lessons. Speaking as a complete beginner in music, I highly recommend giving him a shot because what I’ve learned these last few months has surpassed every expectation I had for myself.