A Great Big Thank You.  I first started piano lessons with Diane 13 years ago when I was 4 years old.  I don’t remember too much from those first days, but my mom tells me that Diane used to play all sorts of games with me to help me learn.  There was lego on the keyboard, lots of stickers, and even some sort of game with elastic bands attached to my wrists.  Looking back at the notebook where my mom took notes during my lessons, I found all sorts of exercises that Diane came up with that made my lessons fun.  Even when I was learning Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”, Diane had a wacky idea to help me remember the different sections of the piece.  Instead of numbering the different sections, we gave them names related to snowboarding, such as “bindings, chairlift, backflip…”.  She would call out these terms randomly and I had to try to play those sections.  I wonder if that’s how Beethoven memorized the piece.

Let’s be honest, a lot of times piano is just plain hard work and sometimes it’s hard to keep going.  But, Diane always found ways to keep me motivated.  Whenever I went to a lesson, she always made me feel that I had accomplished something even when I was having a bad week.  I could make a million mistakes in one piece, but she never made me feel guilty about that.  Instead, she would get really enthusiastic and think of some way to help me get over my hump.

What I really want to say is that Diane is a great teacher.  She’s always supportive, loves to laugh and makes piano lessons fun.  She taught me a lot, not just about piano, but also about perseverance, attention to detail and patience.  As I enter CEGEP this fall, I’ve decided not to continue with my piano lessons, but the things she taught me will follow me through the rest of my life.  Here’s a great big thank you to you, Diane.  Andrew  (appeared in SuzukiPiano newsletter)

Thank you Diane for these twelve wonderful years. You allowed me to discover a magnificent instrument and to develop an incredible work discipline. Without you, I don’t think I would have kept playing the piano for so long. From Suzuki to Jazz, from Games of Thrones to Warrior, I am extremely happy and proud of the progress I have made. Thank you again for your adaptability which allowed me to adore the piano. I will miss you a lot, but know that I will continue to practice and use your advice to perform my pianist style. Good luck in Deux-Montagnes and thank you so very much!  Félix, 16

Thank you Diane for the wonderful years of piano. Thank you for adapting to Félix’s style to encourage him to continue playing the piano. Annick

Thank you for everything. You are really the best teacher.   Marie-Eve, 15.

You are a wonderful person Diane! We at SuzukiPiano, as well as your students and families are going to miss you! Wishing you all the best! You certainly deserve it!  Linda, colleague

Grégoire is fortunate to have an extraordinary piano teacher like you, Diane. Marie

I just wanted to thank you so much for the work you have done with Kathy over the past years – her appreciation of piano, and her ability, have improved enormously and I will miss your positive influence on her in that way. Your devotion to your students is much appreciated.  Gary

We are really happy to have met you and were lucky to have you as a teacher for our children. Paul

You are an excellent teacher, but more than that, you are a very special person. Once a week for 13 years I watched you teach, praise, encourage and laugh with John. Each week I was guaranteed a positive experience for my son. We were so lucky to have you in our lives. I’ll really miss spending this time together. Thanks for everything. Catherine

Thank you for being such a great teacher. I learned a lot from you and your lessons gave me a lot of things that will help carry me through life. All the best. John, 17

Thank you for being such a good piano instructor.  Susan has learned a lot and you will be missed.  Christine

I wanted to thank you for the patience and dedication that you have shown over the past 5 years in teaching Jonathan the piano. We will be sad to no longer see you on a regular basis. You are an exceptional teacher!!! Sophie

Hope your move goes smoothly and all the best in your new life!! We will miss you. Alexis would love to have a chat with you during the summer by Zoom. François, father of Alexis, 7

End of an era Diane! We all loved coming for the lessons, for 12 years, and the 4 kids all did so well with you. Wishing you all the very best with your move – we miss you! x  Jane

Thank you for being a great piano teacher over the last years. Rebecca, mother of Denise, 9

Hello Diane, your departure reminds us of the 10 years Marc took piano lessons with you: recitals, Conservatory exams, cutting up the scores, even my car stuck in the snow️ !! What an unforgettable time !! Thank you for your passion for music and for your students, for your teaching and for your ever-welcoming smile! 🥇 Frances

Bye bye wonderful Diane, all the very best to you and your new life close to your sons!  Christine, mother of Susan, 9

Thank you very much Diane for the lessons, 6 years of lessons, you saw the girls grow up. Good luck in the future to you and your family! Andy

Thank you very much Diane for all these years of helping us to discover the wonderful world of piano. When we enrolled Félix in Jan 2008, I was hoping he could learn for a few years. Twelve years later, Félix is still wanting to learn new pieces. You have always been very flexible and strategic in keeping Félix motivated. You allowed him to develop a talent and a discipline which  will help him all his life. Thank you for everything. Pierre

To a MIRACULOUS piano teacher!! Thank you for the happy new year filled with music! Isabelle, Roger and Amélie,7

What a journey we have made together – 20 years! Thank you for the gift of music!  Janet, adult student and her son who also took lessons  

It is hard to imagine the meetings without you. Your laugh, “joie de vivre,” creativity and love of music was wonderful. Colleagues

You have been the best teacher imaginable.  Allison adored you and couldn’t wait to go to your house.  She really has worked so well with you and you have been so patient and kind.  Take good care! Jennifer and Simon

I just wanted to thank you for the past 10 years of fun we spent together! Thank you for persevering with me.  You are a great teacher and friend!  I am going to miss you a lot.  Merci beaucoup!  Allison