Mr. Jack Wallace
Jack Wallace has played piano for 50+ years, from the age of 4, and taught Suzuki full-time since 1991. He studied under Dr. Haruko Katako in Matsumoto, Japan, from 1986-1991, and graduated from The Talent Research Institute as a “Suzuki Piano Teacher.” Dr. Suzuki himself presided over Jack’s graduation concert and presented his diploma in person.
Jack taught at Viterbo University’s Preparatory School of Arts in La Crosse, Wisconsin, from 1991-1993, before opening The Suzuki Piano School of La Crosse. Over the next ten years, he taught more than 25,000 half-hour lessons to some 300 one-on-one students, 20% of them adult. During that time, he recorded 2 CD’s, “My Romance” and “I Love a Piano” and in 2000-2001 played a series of concerts at the Pump House Regional Arts Center.
Jack believes the Suzuki method of learning by ear and example applies to any sort of music an individual student wants to learn. He lets them choose this for themselves. As a result, they tend to practice more and keep taking lessons when the ordinary student would have quit. Visit his website, www.masterfulmusic.org for more information, feedback from parents and a free PDF copy of “You Can Play the Piano!”
In 2004, Jack moved to Nevada City, California, where you can visit his studio yourself—or have private lessons live over the internet via Skype. Believe it or not, it actually works!