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Q & A with Tania A.

For this blog post, we interviewed Tania! Tania lives in Scotland, and just started with our piano courses during quarantine. 

Keep an eye out for more Q & A blog posts like this one: we enjoy hearing from students, and we want you to be able to read about their story with Piano in a Flash too!

Q: When did you first learn about Scott and Piano in a Flash?

A: Oh, around the end of March. I saw a Facebook advertisement, and I ended up taking the free intro course. I was hooked.

Q: Who or what inspired you to start playing/pick piano up again?

A: I first learned when I was a child. My mother played, so I suppose she was my inspiration. It was almost expected with little girls in the UK, to learn piano. I played for around seven years, and quit lessons when I was 15.

Q: Did you have any prior musical training? 

A: I played clarinet as well, and I was in the choir. I was taught Beethoven and Bach, lots of classical songs, and not much else.

My son is studying composition in Vienna, and I love that kind of music, but when your 10 year old son is playing better than you… you realize you’re playing piano for your own enjoyment. I’d love to be playing styles like Springsteen and the Beatles, songs from the easy listening genre. I love the sound of the piano in those kinds of songs.

Q: How was learning piano with Scott’s method, versus learning other instruments? 

A: The main thing is the sense of achievement. You feel a sense of pride, so quickly, with Scott’s lessons. I’ve seen my son develop as a musician with classical lessons, but classical lessons aren’t for everyone. With Scott’s lessons, you still have to work hard, you still have that “gymnastics for the brain” bit, but the reward is so much more immediate. My husband told me “you plateaued in classical, but with Scott’s method, you really feel the music.” I find Scott’s manner extremely pleasant, he is very easy on the pupil so as to not discourage them. He has an ability to get his point across, but in a very understanding way. It may be hard, but you just have to keep persevering. And there’s no sense of pressure. He is very personable; he makes me want to come back and switch him on again.

Q: Has playing piano helped you in other areas of life? 

A: It’s an activity that I want to do, because it helps me forget the stress of work, and helps me switch that bit off completely. All the benefits of playing piano…. They’re huge. It’s having an activity that you take great pleasure from, available for you to do at any time. It’s relaxing, but it’s also hard work. It switches the brain to be working in a different way, and it’s something that you want to do. It’s something that I really enjoy. And it’s a great exercise for our brains. I really love music, so it’s something for me to do that is pure enjoyment.

Q: Do you play for anyone else?

A: Other than the people in my house, not really. I really play for myself, but I do enjoy the fact that my husband really enjoys hearing me play. But at the end of the day, it’s my thing, for me. I devoted a lot of time to my twins, now it’s time to do something for me.

Q: What’s your next musical-related goal?

A: I really want to finish the course. There’s quite a lot to learn, and I’m diligent about not skipping anything. I’m in Course 4, and I got it in March. Part of me isn’t in a hurry, because I’m learning things at my own pace.

Q: What would you tell people who are on the fence about Piano in a Flash?

A: A friend of my daughter, learned classically, but she was finding it frustrating to do anything more basic than her classical songs. I told her to check out Scott’s Courses, because Scott really helps you dial into those basics and make them into something great. This is truly an investment, and you will be quite pleased with the turnout.

THANK YOU Tania for sharing your story with us! If you’d like to learn more about Piano in a Flash and how Scott teaches online lessons, click the link below to sign up for a free webinar!

  • Ed Carroll
    Posted at 22:15h, 18 February

    I like Tania grew up with a piano in the house. My mother was a music major and played endlessly while I was a kid at home. Now retired and after giving myself a Yamaha keyboard 6 years ago I’m ready to begin my music journey. I like Tania have no speed deadline to uphold so I’m hoping my experience will be rewarding and fun. I like what I’ve seen of Scott over the years on TV so here I am. Wish me luck.

    • Hannah Derleth
      Posted at 10:28h, 05 March

      We’re happy to have you on board, Ed! If you ever have trouble with any of the courses, feel free to email our CS team. You’re going to do great!!

  • Diana Robinson
    Posted at 14:59h, 07 March

    Unlike Tania, I was forced against my will, to endure 2 years of Royal Conservatory piano lessons as a young child, & hated every minute of it. Half a century later, an innocent ukulele successfully drew out my long-buried passion for music, with a local, very popular retired music teacher leading our senior’s group. He sewed the seeds in me for songwriting as well, & instilled the importance of the piano as a source to improve in all aspects of music. I saw an ad for Scott on Facebook, & tried the free webinar, just before Christmas 2020. I decided to go for it! I’m taking my time going through the lessons, practicing every day, at the very least while my coffee perks every morning! I’m seeing how even just a few minutes everyday, is making a difference! The biggest bonus is I’m actually enjoying piano lessons this time around! Thank you so much Scott, for making it fun, do-able, & for your ongoing encouragement! At this point, I’m almost finished the first course of six. Like Tania expressed, I feel the same gratitude for the sense of achievement that comes so quickly! Scott’s method of teaching is FUN!

  • sophie lefevre
    Posted at 15:32h, 19 March

    Inspiring! Thanks for sharing your story, Tania 🙂

  • Cliff Roberson
    Posted at 14:58h, 01 May

    Piano, or maybe music in general are truly gymnastics for the brain. One year ago I had a serious complication the night after heart surgery. I suffered a stroke. I had been dabbling with the piano before that. But I decided a month later that resuming the piano might be great therapy. so I signed up for Piano in a Flash. I have since recovered completely. Part of that was tincyure of time and natural healing,, but not all. I believe the piano merits some of the credit so that now I have no physical impairment and mentally that has recovered as well. The only difference is that I have to concentrate harder, particularily if I wanted to committ something to memory. Not only was the piano great brain therapy, it was fantqstic for morale. To be able to do something that I feared I would never be able to do again was so encouraging that I can hardly put it into words.My goal initailly was to regain the ability to play again. Now my goal is to leqrn to play better..

  • Cliff Roberson
    Posted at 15:00h, 01 May

    Correction: tincture, not tincyure