After reading this awesome article about my former student Patrick Murray, I contacted him for some clarification...
This is what he said:
" Glad to see that practice charts are still all the rage. I totally use them with my own students now and lots of other teaching tips I picked up from you along the way and seem to have been stored somewhere in my subconscious only to resurface when called upon!
As for that record quote, I can totally see how that could have given you a scare and you should know that it was not referencing you at all. These media things can be totally unfair- you sit down for a candid conversation with a journalist and suddenly your words come out in a totally different context or totally different words. What I think I said was that used to hate practicing (and did have tantrums where I threw my books around the room - don't know if you ever knew about that!), and I'm told I had to be coerced out of the car into my first lesson with Sheila back at the school, while she was standing at the door with her arms crossed. But I can't remember anything but having a great time at piano lessons with you.
What I value most of all from my years of lessons with Kandice was how she noticed and nurtured my budding interest in writing music. Not only did she provide me with a solid grounding in piano technique and repertoire, but a lifelong passion for making music. Her ability to sincerely connect with her students, recognize their unique talent and help them to develop and cherish it is truly special."
Patrick Murray (03/17/2013)