i would score my instructor with a 10 in every category i could thing of
he sure isn't a "nose in the air" classical kind of a guy, even though he has the highest level of european classical training, played professionally and by invitation with the best symphonies around the globe, label representation with multiple cd releases ... blah blah blah.. even with all that he is the humblest person i think i have ever meet.
as for class .. a blast ....structured .. yes!....   i can't get away with "not doing the work"  but he will enthusiastically explore anything i would like. i think we have found some sort mutual respect for each other ... i have been practicing about 2-3hrs a day for the past year so i  am committed and been doooooo-in a lot of work and i almost always get close to 2hrs of instruction for the cost of a hour,.. its great!
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