When I first came to Bill's studio, I was also taking lessons with
another piano teacher. Although Bill came with high praise from a friend
of mine, he was significantly farther from my house than the other
teacher. But in the third week of my studies, I asked the teacher who was
close to my house a question about a particular chord progression (I had
played for 13 years in my youth, so I was conversant in music theory, but
not fluent), his vague answer went something like, "I can't explain how I
do it. I just feel it." At my next lesson with Bill, he not only answered
my question with extreme clarity, but he answered it BEFORE I ASKED IT. He
saw the problem in the way I was playing before I pointed it out to him.
My decision was made. I didn't care how far Bill was from my house, the
trip would be worth it.
And I was right, for more than 2 years, every class with Bill has been
so much more than just eye-opening. My knowledge of music theory has
radically improved as has my ear training. Concepts that I struggled with
for years when previously playing have quickly become second nature under
In addition to Bill's ability to work with people like me who have had
years of previous training, he is also great with the new learners I see
him working with while I'm in his waiting room. He is patient and
supportive with even the youngest of students. In fact, as an educator
myself, I've made mental notes on his teaching style that I repurpose for
my own teaching.
In sum, no matter where you are in your studies, Bill Hynes will get
you to the next level in no time!
Jon Hodge Ph.D.
Strictly English TOEFL Tutors.Here's
Jon improvising on "Somewhere
Over The Rainbow"