What people are saying
European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) magazine
Beth Gigante Klingenstein
As I began to read my scepticism dissipated. It was very easy to read, has a very positive approach and yet a wonderfully refreshing straight talking honesty that I think students would respect and relate to really well.
It really gets at the psychology behind why students don't want to practice. The book uses a number of Aesop's fables to help illustrate and explain different points of learning an instrument and practicing. It has an incredible amount of information packed into it.
Jeanie Willis B.Mus
Dip.Tch Published in the group’s newsletter
Dr Rita Crew
THE STUDIO The journal of the Music Teachers' Association of New South Wales, Australia.
With its easy-to-read format, personal style and encouraging tone, this book would be useful as studio waiting-room reading or the individual reinforcement needed for a discouraged student.
Dr. Steve Allen
Professor of Piano, Brigham Young University-Idaho
The tone of the writing is consistently upbeat and encouraging, emphasising the great benefits and satisfaction that learning music can bring throughout a lifetime.
This is an excellent book which achieves its aims by neither talking down to nor over the heads of its intended audience. Its practical common-sense ideas are clearly presented, and flow well from one to another to create a positive and encouraging message.
The magazine of ANZCA (Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts)
It should encourage pupils to take responsibility for themselves and for their own progress.
Ron Ottley has put a great deal of thought into writing the book. It has delightful short stories and fables for young people to enjoy. Teachers and parents will also enjoy
Elizabeth Noffke LTCL, LRSM, Lmustcl, FIRMT
RITMICO The magazine of the New Zealand Institute of Registered Music Teachers (IRMT).
Peppered throughout the pages of the book are wonderful quotes, which help to reinforce the message. The chapter on ‘Desire, Understanding, Knowledge’ is particularly helpful and explains the process of successful music making and practice in a clear, easy to grasp manner.
I do feel that many of our students (even the motivated ones!) would find this book an interesting read and at the very least provide them with a fresh understanding of why they should take practice seriously!
THE MUSIC STAND The Music Teachers' Assn of South Australia journal
Teacher, Educator, Composer, Writer.