Today I’m thrilled to share this very special Musiah Review by one of our newest Musiahs* — Elias Harfouch from St James, WA, Australia.
*To earn the rank of Musiah, one has to complete the entire Musiah course of piano lessons which is no small feat.
What makes this review extra special is, earlier in his piano lessons journey (August 2014), Elias wrote Musiah Review: A Piano Tutor Who Brings Out The Best In You.
At the time when Elias wrote his first Musiah Reivew, he was mid-way through Level 6 (of 13 levels) and now, since completing the course in November 2015, he has written this second review (below).
Elias has many very insightful observations to share, so to gain the full perspective on his journey, you may find it helpful to read his earlier review in conjunction with his 2nd review below.
The impact of the program on me has been profound.
I completed the Musiah program back in November 2015 so this is a belated review but it could have just been yesterday that I completed it as the impact of the program on me has been profound.
As an adult learner, like many of the Musiah students, I was skeptical at first about a virtual tutor that could teach you how to read music, to play different musical pieces, support and encourage you and remain even and patient despite great challenges and frustrations. These are very rare qualities in a human teacher so I thought it was highly improbable that I would find an animated construct that could offer these qualities.
... Beyond even the most dedicated of teachers...
Not only did Musiah prove me wrong in this regard but the program as a whole delivered a number of other amazing benefits; the availability of Musiah night and day, at any hour, which is beyond even the most dedicated of teachers, as well as the perfect progression of stages to precisely reflect your musical development just to name a couple.
I also found myself absorbed by the storyline as I came to believe there was a sense of greater importance to my playing. It's just my interpretation but I think it was Musiah's way of teaching us about the transcendent power of music to overcome barriers and challenges and give people hope.
Being part of that storyline was personally rewarding as it would be for any student. On a personal level, it was very gratifying to be able to complete all of the stages.
Perhaps the greatest gift I've received is self-belief.
It is difficult to measure the things I've learned throughout the program but perhaps the greatest gift I've received is self-belief; the confirmation that age or lifestyle or past experience or lack thereof is not an impediment if you truly enjoy something.
I always found those self-help statements a little contrived but Musiah taught me that enjoying something is crucial to pushing yourself to achieve something tangible and which can't be taken away.
Even if I don't touch a musical instrument again, this will be something I'll fondly remember in my life, but I hope it's the start of my love for instruments and my musical journey.
Finally, I want to thank Brendan, the amazing creator of Musiah, for being such a great support and encouraging presence throughout. Musiah is a true reflection of Brendan in his attributes as a teacher and that is in large part why the program is so great and will help transform so many people willing to put in some hard work and dedication.
I am proud of the achievement and even more proud for having had the opportunity to interact with Brendan who is obviously an incredible musician and innovator and genuine person.
Can't endorse it highly enough.
I would strongly recommend this program to anyone of any age or background and can't endorse it highly enough.
Thank you for the opportunity to experience it and learn from Musiah.
Adult Piano Student
St James, WA, Australia
WOW, what a truly stunning and humbling review!
Elias, it is a great credit to you that you have not only achieved so much during your time with Musiah, but that you have such a deep, natural understanding and appreciation of all that the Musiah experience offers.
It is of course absolutely true that personal development on many levels is very much a part of the Musiah experience, and these lessons in personal growth (not to mention piano lessons) are experienced by all students who continue the course into the advanced levels. That said, rarely — if ever — have I heard the holistic benefits of Musiah so clearly articulated as you have done in both your review articles. Bravo!
And a HUGE Thank You for your extremely generous support, and the time and thought you have put into each of your wonderful reviews.
To have been able to guide you and assist you on this journey has been deeply rewarding and an honor.
If you (dear reader) would like to experience lessons that really will have a profound impact on you with amazing benefits beyond the most dedicated of teachers, then pull your chair a little closer to the screen, as I warmly invite you to take our Free Online Piano Lessons 14 Day Trial.
Of course, if you have any questions about Musiah’s piano lessons, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading, and please feel free to comment below.
Til next time,
Piano Teacher & Musiah Inventor
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