MG Kader – Scholarship Winner, South African College School

He will push you to do your utmost best with every piece, paying attention not only to technical detail but also to the emotion and story that every piece should express.’

A great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart (Anonymous); this quote in my experiences describes Dr Low for me. I have been privileged to have been taught by Dr Low for 6 years.

In the beginning, we didn’t get along too well, but both of us persevered through the first year. Looking back now, I remember almost wanting to quit piano as we would shout at each other almost every lesson.

Until, of course he offered me one of his donuts. After that we became the best of friends! I started to get the hang of his effective and hard way of teaching. It was difficult, I won’t lie, but it is the reason why I play and enjoy the piano. He will push you to do your utmost best with every piece, paying attention not only to technical detail but also to the emotion and story that every piece should express. He does have a very quick, short temper, and luckily I haven’t been the one who has had to experience that temper for a long time; especially when you haven’t read your questions properly in your theory past papers. He has never allowed me get away with shortcuts or mistakes but I am grateful for that because I know I have learnt to play each of my pieces the correct way and because of this I got more enjoyment out of my own playing and have been rewarded with distinctions for all 4 of my ABRSM exams. Dr Low has helped to make me the person I am today.

I will miss our donuts and outings to the movies, fun lessons playing Pac-Man on your laptop, and of course our sessions filled with lots of talk about that new movies while stuffing our faces with chips and chocolates. Thank you Dr Low for an amazing journey.

 

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