What Our Students and Parents Say About Our Music Program
“You always put on such a nice recital. In fact, the best we have been to ever. We are glad you make this a priority. It is a wonderful opportunity for our children. Thank you!”
– Melanie H., Mother of six children, five of whom have taken (or are still taking) lessons with Keys to Life since 2008.
“Keys to Life has truly helped me unleash my talent and share it with people. Without all the knowledge, experience and support that Keys to Life has given me, I wouldn’t be where I am today: recording my own demo EP of original music and performing those songs in front of large audiences, auditioning for my school’s choir department, and simply growing as a musician and as a person.”
– Tasnia, student since 2007
“I would like to recommend Keys To Life Music School. It has been my privilege to use Keys to life in two capacities.
My two daughters (ages 7 and 4) are enrolled in Keys to Life for piano classes. They both love their classes, and that translates to more diligent practicing and a love of the instrument and music in general. The seven year old started out with a different school, but we could see a marked improvement when we transferred her to Keys to Life. She has learned a good combination of theory, technique, and personal expression using the piano. The four year old started a bit young, and understandably showed less discipline. Her music teacher worked with her to find an approach that kept her interested, and I was quickly amazed at the progress she made. Both my daughters and I are very happy we found them.
I also run a preschool, with children from ages 1-5. I’ve used The Seeds of Harmony program for the last six months, and have gotten very enthusiastic feedback from both the children and their parents. The children are immersed in the basics of beat and harmony, as well as many activities that include movement and dancing to music. This is one of the kid’s favorite weekly activities, and they just light up when they see their music teacher with her guitar walk in. At first I was a bit apprehensive, since my preschool specializes in foreign kids, who usually do not speak English. My fears were put to rest in the first few minutes; there was instant chemistry, and the language barrier wasn’t noticed.”
– Dalia Duvdevany , Tiny Ones Child Care
“I want to thank you for all you’ve done for me as a musician, and what performing with you did for my self confidence as a singer and guitar player. I recently played some of my songs for a group of friends, and they were recorded, and I thought I should share them
with the person who made it possible! Thank you so much!”
– Dylan Campbell, guitarist, singer-song writer, drummer
“I really like Sara as my piano teacher because she is super funny. For some reason, that helps me feel confident so I can learn a song correctly. When we had our piano recital, I was a little shy, even though I had already been in one. But after I had played my two songs, I felt more comfortable. I have learned lots of sharps and flats. Now I am great at them. I have also learned three octaves of scales. Sara taught me how to add triplets to my scales. I enjoy music a lot! Of course, I love playing the piano. It makes such beautiful sounds.”
– Elizabeth F. 8 years old
“I started taking lessons when I was in 8th grade with my best friend, James. We were both playing guitar and wanted to learn more. KTL helped us with that and we are both more confident and knowledgeable guitarists now than we were before.
Around a year after starting lessons I began to explore singing and I started singing at recitals. Although I was shy and scared at first, the experiences really helped me discover my own voice and it grew my confidence in myself as a musician and singer. I started taking voice and piano lessons with Sara to broaden my horizons and she has helped me understand more aspects of music such as music theory and music composition.
Although I have only been taught by Sara, I’ve had experiences performing with other KTL teachers and they are also very knowledgeable, fun, and encouraging to their students and other musicians. I’d recommend Keys To Life Music School to anyone who wants to learn an instrument, improve on their singing, or both, it’s great for any age group and I’d encourage anyone to learn more about their musical side at KTL.
– Josh Wrigglesworth, KTL student since 2010
The following is from the mother of a 16year old student who was formerly labeled “tone deaf.” He had less than 10 lessons total the summer of 2008 with Sara Maier and Meredith Cushing (former teacher for KTL):
“Justin and I both want to thank you for the wonderful lessons Justin had this summer. I think he will continue with them next summer. Justin also wants to let you know that his singing improved so much that his teachers and peers were impressed. He got a lead roll understudy part in the first play of the year thanks to his improved singing. We are very happy with the results.”
– Laura W.
“I really enjoy attending piano lessons with Sara because she has helped me so much. She is patient with how quick or slow my learning is. Sara also has a great sense of humor. Since I started taking lessons with her, I have learned many wonderful songs, 6/8 time signature, 2 and 3 octave scales, and much more. One thing is positive: I enjoy music much more now than I did before I started lessons with Sara. One more very important thing Sara has taught me is self discipline. I push myself to practice longer over time. I used to practice 15 minutes a day. Now I practice 30 minutes! My lessons with Sara are so much fun.”
– Audrey F. 10 years old
“Hayley has always had a love of music and a real interest in singing and guitar. She started singing lessons in the summer of ’07 with Sara and then transitioned into guitar lessons. Hayley loves going to music lessons and has learned so much in a short time. We appreciate Sara’s patience and gentle teaching methods as well as her vast knowledge of music of all kinds. The winter recital was a fun way for our family to see how much Hayley has learned and they were all very impressed. We would definitely recommend Keys to Life to anyone and everyone who has a desire to learn more about music.”
– Shannon D. Mother of Hayley (student since 2007)
“Sara, thank you so much for teaching me so much!”
– Jasmine B. 10 year old piano student
“Caden really has enjoyed Guitar…He couldn’t have gotten a better instructor! You’re AWESOME!!! We think you’re wonderful, fun, energetic & always promote you to our friends!”
– Shanna C. Mother of 10 year old guitar student
“Taking lessons with Keys to Life Music School gave me more confidence with being on stage and also taught me many things about music.”
– Katherine N. 10 year old piano student