submitted by students, past and present:
Andy: I want to thank you for the time we’ve spent together at the piano during our weekly online Skype video calls. I’ve enjoyed listening to the audio I record to document our weekly lessons while driving my car each day. You’re really a gifted teacher and although I’m one of your new students, you have already given me a sense of calm, confidence and excitement when playing the piano and/or composing. I’m very thankful to have been exposed to both you and George Russell’s “Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization.”
From an adult student and Pro musician
Dear Andy: I want you to know how much I thoroughly enjoy my lessons with you. I fear that if our lessons ever stopped I would be hard-pressed to find a teacher like you who is willing to teach Classical, Blues and Jazz styles, and to open my eyes to the amazing correspondence and connections between all three.
From an adult student
Andy, You have been an AWESOME teacher and I’ve learned a TREMENDOUS amount from you. I kept telling my friends and family that I wish I took lessons from you when I was younger. Prior to working with you at age 30, I had piano lessons for 17 years – from age 4 through 21. Loved my teachers, but my classical training was so mechanical. You totally changed my paradigm about music. Music improvisation and composition is such a complex field, I don’t even know how you go about teaching it ! You certainly have the wealth and depth of knowledge, experience and talent for music and the teaching of music.
From an advanced level adult student
Dear Mr. Wasserman: You have given me so much over the last 3 years. I have learned more from you than from anyone else I’ve ever studied with and than I ever expected to. You have opened my eyes and ears to new territories in the areas of studying, playing, listening to and writing music. And perhaps most importantly – to me, at least – I feel that you have set me on the path that I will begin to travel in the coming months and follow for the rest of my life (God willing). As I head off to college to study music composition at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, I am giving you a bowl of fruit, symbolic of all the good things you have filled my “bowl” with over the past 3 years. Thank you so much!!
From a high school student
Mr. Wasserman: I will never find words to thank you enough for everything you have been sharing with my two daughters. Last week’s lesson was especially good – caring and kind – you were outstanding! It was amazing seeing you doing everything my youngest girl requested you to teach her. I was also impressed by your dedication when I learned you transcribed by ear and notated an unpublished song for my oldest daughter because she wanted to play it but no sheet music was available. They loved the songs you gave them to work on and are so happy playing them on our piano. Thank you so much.
From a parent of young students
Dear Andy: We appreciate the many years of your dedicated teaching. We are certain that our son has benefited greatly from your expertise as a musician and your role as a mentor. When in the future he is faced with life’s many challenges, you can be assured that your influence will surface as a steady and resounding resource. Thank you for being such a significant person in his life.
From a parent of a teen student
Andy, You are a gifted pianist and a most competent and caring music teacher. I feel that I am learning a great deal about jazz, including some of its history as well as the structural arrangement of the music itself. You are also sensitized me to improvements I can make in my piano playing technique, including fingering and the concept of “gravity.” I admire your passion for the piano and for the dedicated and professional manner in which you present yourself to me at our weekly lessons.
From an adult student
Dear Mr. Wasserman: You are a brilliant and talented teacher. We believe that each student has her/his own way to learn. We only need time and perseverance to realize which way is the best for each of them, and you know how to make it possible. This is an indispensable virtue in a teacher. Thank you so much for all your kindness and dedication.
From a parent of young students
Dear Andy – Your artistry, warm humor, encouraging inspiration and insightful teaching perspective continues to be a blessing for our family. It’s wonderful to see the optimism and motivation that has permeated our daughter’s piano studies through the many creative approaches you’ve shared in her weekly lessons. It is amazing for us as parents to listen to her new original compositions and improvisations along with the Beethoven and Debussy classical piano pieces you have helped her master. We appreciate you sharing so much of your music, care and natural teaching style – we’re so grateful for your miracles!
From a parent of teenage students
To Andy Wasserman: I want you to know that I think you have been the best teacher I have ever had. Not just musically, but in general. During our work together on the Lydian Chromatic Concept you helped to completely change my direction as a musician and in life. It is hard to imagine where I would be now had I not met you.
From an adult student, aspiring musician
Dear Andy: Our work together continues to help me break down huge walls that I have spent a lifetime building around my limited ideas about music. You nurture my creative powers and help me renew and free myself from many misconceptions of what it means to be an artist.
From an adult student
Hi Andy, I enjoy all the music you so proudly present at my weekly lessons. I am thankful that you continually encourage me to dig deeper during the many years you’ve been my teacher and guide. My wish is that I may always keep an open mind and listen to my mentor. In addition to our work on the piano and learning the art of arranging, I hope the Lydian Chromatic Concept will remain a force for me that grows and blossoms by uncovering the richness within it. I never lose sight of the purpose which has been planted within you that drives and motivates you to set an example by creating beauty and expressing it in your own way.
From an adult student (music teacher)
Testimonial posted on LydianChromaticConcept.com website: I started studying the Lydian Chromatic Concept in May, 2002 with Andy Wasserman using the recently released revised edition. These past 9 years (of study with Andy, as of 2011) have been both enlightening and enriching. As a full time professional musician and music educator, there were deep things in music that I had grasped aurally but could not explain. These things are now crystal clear. Through the Concept the law of gravity is apparent. I was pulled towards the Concept, and through patience and research ended up discovering Andy. I would like to thank Maestro Russell, whose genius and perseverance created this tonal wonderland. The Concept is heard in music all around us. The information in the latest edition is truly priceless!
From a professional musician student
Dear Mr. Wasserman: You have been an absolute inspiration over the past two years of private lessons. I have learned so much from you in regards to music and life. In many cultures, the butterfly is honored as a symbol of transformation – from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, and from the cocoon, the butterfly emerges in its natural glory. Much like the butterfly, I too emerge changed from what I have learned from you. Thank you for everything. I will miss you!