Stephen’s vision and commitment to achieving a better future for private music education is truly inspiring. His passion for excellence, which I have been privileged to observe firsthand, is evident in his book’s reflections and challenge for future engagement.
~ Reg Andrews, Administrator,
People’s Christian Academy, (Markham, ON) –
The TCBT Achievers Programs
A 99% dropout rate within a few years has been a common experience for private music students for many decades. Perhaps at one time they had hoped to be able to develop the ability to perform, but in the end, they became frustrated with their slow progress, and believed that they lacked sufficient music talent.
It is a widespread but false assumption that special aptitude is required to learn music, that you either have innate ability or do not have it, and that your potential for success will depend on this.
But aptitude is actually only a measurement of the amount of musical awareness which a student has developed prior to beginning formal study. Aptitude is really just another word for talent, and talent can be taught.
And so, the reason that millions of Canadians who once received private lessons became frustrated, quit, and can no longer play any of the pieces that they ever learned is not due to lack of aptitude or talent. The real reason for the lack of progress that they experienced, is to be found in what we describe as the failing traditions…poor strategies that were used and continue to be used even today by many private teachers.
A pre-existing aptitude resulting from exposure to music during pre-school years is certainly a great asset, but the amount of music ability that may be developed over time is not restricted due to the lack of development during the early years.
The TCBT system was created in response to the experiences and frustrations of private music students everywhere.
Talent CAN Be Taught
Here at TCBT, we guarantee success with our Achievers programs. Our students learn rapidly and develop superior ear and sight reading skills which provide a basic foundation for all music training.
Which program is right - 30 or 60 minutes per week, or the Achievers plans?
The answer depends upon your goals.
Are you looking for private lessons to simply provide an enjoyable temporary or short-term recreational music experience rather than to help ensure that you develop specific music skills which will go with you for life? Then, our monthly or term plans offering 30 or 60-minute private lessons might be a suitable choice.
Are you hoping that private lessons will enable you to learn and perform many music selections at every level you study, and to learn new music quickly and independently, due to well developed skills both in reading music notation and playing by ear? If so, then the Achievers programs were designed with you in mind
For information on all lesson fees, visit our Learn to Play page and contact us for your FREE, no-obligation consultation