Sandy’s a terrific teacher. She’s got a wealth of knowledge, depth and breadth, and a way of passing it on that’s a great balance of teaching, asking, listening, pushing, pulling, cajoling, compassionate butt-kicking and fun.
Played my guitar for 45 years or so alone in my room , always wanted to be in a band but figured that ship had sailed. Sandy coached me out of my dark little cave into the light of a gigging band. Bob Segar was right: “Rock n Roll never forgets”
I gained confidence in my stage presence. I learned how to sing harmonies. I learned how to cue my band mates throughout a song. I learned how to read and write a chart. I’ve come to really understand all of the organizing that goes into being a band member, and I’ve picked up organization and leadership skills from watching Sandy over the years. I’ve been exposed to different types of music I wouldn’t normally listen to, but have come to love.
I started playing guitar, singing and performing when I was in college, and had given it up for 40 years (hey, life happens) when I met Sandy at a backyard party. We got to talking and I made a decision right then and there that I was going to get back into music. What can I say? Sandy’s energy and “you can do this” attitude is infectious.
I could not sing when I first came to Sandy Connolly. I have worked with her for 6 years and am now in an elite singing group in my school called ‘Voices’. I also gained a life long friend in Sandy. She’s the sweetest and most hardworking women I have ever met. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t meet her.
I was anxious about taking piano lessons because I’m 65 years old and had tried online lessons, YouTube lessons, and tried teaching myself from a book – but I was getting nowhere. I’ve now been taking lessons with Sandy Connolly at Crescendo Music Loft for six weeks and I’ve found my music home. The curriculum at Crescendo has enough variety and flexibility for me to be challenged and pursue MY goals. Sandy’s approach to music theory with her “Tiny Books” series is whimsical and engaging. Her enthusiasm and encouragement are wonderfully motivating. The facility at the Music Loft is amazing. I’m having a blast and can’t wait each week for my next lesson!