“I am a senior who has been taking piano lessons from Darryl Cremasco since September 2014. I do have a background in music, but decided to renew and refresh my ability as a pianist, making it clear that I play for my own pleasure and have no desire to take part in recitals or pass examinations.
“Darryl has cheerfully and persistently corrected my mistakes and introduced me to new techniques – if one method of learning does not work for me, he has the flexibility to substitute others until something does work. His lessons, taking in music theory as well as technique, have been just right for me. He is clearly a talented performer but also has the patience and insight to share his gift with his students.
“He’s my idea of a great teacher!”
– Dr. Judith Bell, Guelph
“I returned to piano lessons after a 5 year break and have been studying with Darryl for a year now. Darryl is a great teacher who, in my view, treats teaching as a craft and profession, and not just as a job. His musical interests are eclectic and I appreciate being exposed to different composers and styles. He’s helped me access a diversity of musical scores as well as resources on everything from rhythm to theory to hand positioning on the keyboard.
“I’m working at a Grade 8/9 level but have always struggled with timing – Darryl is very patient and finds creative and playful ways to teach rhythm and timing. He teaches with an appreciation for both the artistic, historical, and theoretical way of approaching a score. And I like the fact that he never tires of some of the mistakes that I seem to make over and over again!!
“I highly recommend Darryl as a piano teacher, whether you are an advanced or beginner player, or an adult or young student.”
– Carol, Guelph
“I chose Darryl’s Piano initially for the simple reason that he provided a quiet and private place to learn a new skill, rather than at the back of a store, for instance. I continue to take lessons with Darryl for a few reasons. As an adult I need a safe place to have feelings that may appear to be immature, like being self-conscious or awkward. It is his positive and encouraging manner that makes the lessons enjoyable, regardless of those feelings I’d rather leave at the door.
“Darryl is a dedicated, passionate, and skilled piano player, and although is serious about this art, and his student’s progress, he freely lets his joy show. I very much appreciate his perceptiveness and accommodation of my learning style. This fosters mutual respect which makes for a great collaboration. Thanks, Darryl.”
– Sandra, Rockwood
“I attended piano lessons with Darryl for about a year during my graduate studies at the University of Guelph. Learning an instrument was an excellent reprise from my demanding schedule. Darryl was able to make the learning process fun, constantly tailoring his lesson plan to accommodate for my own interests and goals.
“He provided great feedback on not only technique, but also style, allowing me to channel emotion into my pieces rather than making them sound robotic. I greatly appreciate my time studying under Darryl. He certainly knows his stuff and is very passionate about his work.”
– John Malcolm, Ph.D., Toronto