TESTIMONIALS

"Lara is very kind and considerate and in that time I never heard her speak a harsh word! Lara is positive and encouraging -- which I believe helped them to strive even harder."read more

Harvena Chiacchia

Parent

"Lara's wonderful laugh, her inviting smile, and her amazing magic with music all made a huge difference in our lives. [...] As a teacher myself, I was always impressed by Lara's instincts as a teacher. She always knew when it was time to push forward, and when it was time to ease off and consolidate what had already been achieved."read more

Michele Gunderson, Ph.D., C.Y.T.

Parent

"Lara is very knowledgeable and has a friendly manner which makes for a positive learning experience for the music students. She truly loves what she does and it shows!"read more

Michelle Rowan

Parent

"Lara is a very kind, patient and understanding teacher, which is reflected in the amount of material that you learn in one year. She always found new ways to explain things to me that worked so much better than conventional methods."read more

Brett and Cory Rowan

Students

Lara is an awesome music teacher! Lara has been helping bring music into our home for the past twelve years! She has taught all three of my children how to play the piano and two of them also took singing lessons. Lara is very kind and considerate and in that time I never heard her speak a harsh word! Lara is positive and encouraging -- which I believe helped them to strive even harder.

Another wonderful quality about Lara is that she is flexible. After a few years of lessons, I found that my oldest son was becoming tired of RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music), and he desired to play jazz. Some teachers might have a problem with kids not wanting to stick to a regimented program, but Lara was totally open to the idea. Andrew started playing the kind of music that appealed to him, and his music enjoyment took off again. Interestingly enough, ten years later, he's back playing classical tunes.

Another excellent trait about Lara, is that she is consistent with the lessons and is punctual.

In Calgary, Lara hosted an annual year-end recital, which were always very well done. The programs were quick, lively, and afterwards there would be a refreshment time, which the kids loved!

We were very sad to learn that Lara has to leave us. She is not just our music teacher, but she has become our dear friend. We can't imagine ever finding another music teacher who is such a gem. In fact, rather than trying to find a different teacher, we are hoping to use the computer and webcams to be able to continue with long-distance lessons. Some people are such a blessing and Lara is one of them.

Sincerely, Harvena Chiacchia

(My "kids" are now 24, 22, and 15)

Lara is a fabulous teacher -- I highly recommend her. It was hard to see her move from Calgary, but I know many new students must already be benefiting from her work. Lara`s wonderful laugh, her inviting smile, and her amazing magic with music all made a huge difference in our lives. Lara gave my daughter a foundation in music that will last a lifetime.

My daughter, Dana, always enjoyed both her piano and voice lessons, and it was wonderful to watch her musical abilities grow over the years she spent with Lara. Dana got the chance to play some really great songs, and she learned to play them well. She developed the ability to perform in front of large audiences with poise and grace at a very young age, and I`m proud of her abilities. It was Lara who guided her, in a supportive and truly loving way, to this place of ease. I know these experiences will help Dana in every area of her life for years to come.

Under Lara`s guidance, Dana learned to love music. As a teacher myself, I was always impressed by Lara`s instincts as a teacher. She always knew when it was time to push forward, and when it was time to ease off and consolidate what had already been achieved. Lara helped Dana move forward at her own pace, so music could be Dana`s own magical discovery.

Thanks, Lara, for all you have done for our family. Best wishes in your new location -- your new students are extremely fortunate!

Namaste,

Michele Gunderson, Ph.D., C.Y.T.

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Lara is very knowledgeable and has a friendly manner which makes for a positive learning experience for the music students. She truly loves what she does and it shows! My two boys enjoyed her classes and received first class honor’s on their theory exams. Lara covers the material thoroughly and in a way that makes sense. She does not rush through and is very consistent in her teaching. We were VERY sad to see her leave Calgary – she will be missed. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a great music teacher!

Michelle Rowan - Parent

Lara is a very kind, patient and understanding teacher, which is reflected in the amount of material that you learn in one year. She always found new ways to explain things to me that worked so much better than conventional methods. I would definitely recommend her to any student looking for a music teacher, as she is the best!

Brett and Cory Rowan - Students