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Bruce Mitchell

I was at Winter Storm 2020 in Kansas City Missouri and attended a class by Jack Lee and one by Stuart Liddell. Both are always enjoyable to learn from. After the classes I found two books by Stephanie Burns on Practice Strategies for Musical Improvement and Strategies for Learning and Memorizing Tunes at one of the vendors. Bought both books and found Jack Lee and Stuart Liddell used material from the books in the recent classes. The books are amazing. The methods of memorizing then learning was an eye opener. Proving it worked I took it to the band to try out. Using those principles we memorized measures, phrases – to a new tune. Then learned the first part, then the second part. You should have heard the initial grumbling “I NEED the music”, “this is not how I learn”, “this is not how my brain works” and “this is a gimmick”. By the end of the first rehearsal session they played the first part on the practice chanter without the music. By the end of the second week they had the second part memorized and learned – and played on the pipes slowly as a group. This was not a hard tune but they all commented about how quickly the band had memorized, learned and taken it to the pipes – without music to refer to (they had to “see it in their brain”). It was interesting to watch them play with their eyes closed “looking” in their head for the music. All have commented that the thoughts in the books work. Two have been motivated to buy both books so they can learn more. The new learning processes have helped me and by extension, the band, memorize and learn music quicker. I look forward to the next two

Sue Costello

Thank you, Stephanie, after your seminar and appearance at WIMWA I have a renewed enthusiasm. I would wake up every day tired and drag myself to work, now I’m waking up with new interest, finding there are not enough hours in the day and a thirst for learning and helping others. I had dedicated myself to raising my beautiful family. I am so proud of them, but I felt I had put my desires on hold for years and I hungered to rediscover myself and it was time for my family to walk their own paths. I have a new drive to try anything and I’m taking on new challenges out of my comfort zone. I do fail often and question myself but take lessons from each moment and keep moving forward. I would not have it any other way and love the feeling of fulfilment. It’s funny how you can hear the simplest thing and with just a few words it can change your whole perceptive on life, this has occurred with me in recent months. I have now joined The Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal for Christmas 2019 and applied to volunteer for the itrack online mentor programme 2020 and looking forward to see where the future takes me. Thanks again, you are an amazing women.

Sue Elsbury

Yay Stef!! Your website is back! Life is now back to normal…. 🙂

Glen Rodgers

Stef, as a professional drummer your teachings resonate with me on a daily basis, both in my teaching practice and own personal development. In the Scottish pipe band community of which I am a part, you are awakening in us the essential elements of how to learn correctly and well. You are the other half of the developmental puzzle, sitting along side my technical teachers in importance and helping me to maximise my potential. Your methods are making me a better teacher as well! Thank you Stef!

Julie Hopkins

My previous career included running programs designed to help people learn how to learn. We focused on mature people who had ‘failed’ at school or youth at risk of leaving school early. I was one of those who did not do well at school at first. Then I discovered a new kind of learning and became a fully autonomous learner. I still love learning and am currently stretching myself to learn on-line marketing skills to fund my retirement. So much to learn even when you are 65 years old..

Joanne Dunn

Stef and I met almost 8 years ago when I attended a ‘Train the Trainer’ program down in Melbourne. This program ran over 3 sessions and as Stef and I were one of the few living in Sydney at the time of the course, we made a point to meet up. From there, a firm and solid friendship took hold and we’ve achieved a lot together in that time. Stef has been a positive influence in my life and one of the most interesting people I’ve met. She has been my role model, my adviser and confidant. Her wisdom and insight is invaluable, and her ability to cut through the noise and see what’s obvious is what sets her apart. I thank you Stef, for everything. May you continue to shed your light wherever you go. Always, Jo

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