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October 2016

 

Dr. Certain has been a great teacher to Joey (my son), he's patient in his teaching and has a sense of humor which is important to kids. His knowledge in violin and music theory is a tremendous help to us. He involves parents to learn with the kids which is very helpful for the student as the parent can be a guidance at home. 


Dr. Certain really has a passion in teaching violin and that really influences my son to do better. Dr. Certain also enjoys playing violin with his students. I'm learning to play the violin too so sometimes I'll bring my violin to play with him and my son, it's very fun and a pleasure to see his enthusiasm when playing the violin with others. It's good to see a music teacher with a strong passion for the instrument that he's teaching and that really inspires us. 

Mrs. Pearl Kim
 

 

 

 

**JULY 2016-**PROFESSIONAL**REVIEW**

Dr. Certain was a God-send! I needed a substitute violin instructor who could step in and cover lessons for one of our teachers as she recovered from surgery. Dr. Certain graciously accepted the request and even rearranged his personal studio to accommodate the teaching schedule at the Rockwall School of Music. We have high standards for our instructors. Dr. Certain was amazing with the students. He has a caring and tender heart and was very pleasant to work with. He was a professional in every sense of the word. He comes with my highest recommendation.

 

Russ Porter, Owner/Director

 

Rockwall School of Music

 

**PROFESSIONAL**REVIEW**

Dr. Certain,
 
Just wanted to write and let you know how delighted we were in the level of playing proficiency of your students at the Novermber 2014 Winter Recital. We have attended many recitals of various teachers and yours was one of the best, if not the best so far. We were particularly impressed with the bowing arms of your students. Most all had great bowing arms and excellent form. Intonation was also very good as well. Thank you for inviting us and we look forward to future invitations. Keep up the good work!!!
 

 

Steven Cundall, Violinmaker and Restorer, The Luthier Shop, Crossroads, Texas
 

 

June 2015

My daughter has been studying violin with Dr. Certain for the last 1 ½ years. She started with the music knowledge kids in general acquire in elementary schools but with no violin experience.  We are very happy with the progress she has made so far.  Dr. Certain takes great interest in the student’s improvement and has been very supportive and encouraging while she prepared for her audition for her placement in the middle school orchestra.  He organizes a recital at the Plano Courtyard Theater annually which is very helpful for the kids to work towards their performance skills along with dealing with the stage fright.  

I highly recommend Dr. Certain for beginner and/or advanced violin lessons.

Mr. & Mrs. Madhugiri


 

 

MAY 2015

My two boys 11 and 17 has been taking both Violin and Piano lessons with Dr. Certain for almost 3 years. They both are enjoying the class and improved their knowledge in Music. Dr. Certain has exceptional knowledge in music and he makes the kids play wonderful pieces which are impossible for them to play in the beginning. Dr. Certain knows the strength and weakness of each and every kid and he works with them to come up as a professional.

I especially like his suggestion for parental involvement as each parent knows what their kids are doing and his recommendations after every class.  We also liked my son being thought theory in Piano which is giving him understand any piece.   He has been patient and encouraging and given us an excellent experience in musical education. We are very much blessed to have Dr.Certain as music teacher for our kids….

Thanks,

 

Janaki & Ram

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2014

My son became interested in trying music lessons right around the time he turned 3 years old.  It is extremely difficult to find a music teacher who will work with children this young.  We were blessed to find Dr. Certain.  My son started out with the violin, but quickly became frustrated with the instrument.  I don’t believe he was quite ready.  My son decided he would like to try piano instead.  I am truly grateful that Dr. Certain was very supportive with making the change in instruments.  It has now been almost 3 years that my son has been taking music lessons.  Dr. Certain has shown patience and creativity when it comes to teaching young children.  I admire that he respects the fact that each student is different and individualizes the lessons accordingly.  He knows when to challenge my son and when he needs more encouragement.  It has also truly been a blessing to watch the growth my son has had during his time.  He has even played some piano pieces for residents at a retirement home.  I believe he has learned many other lessons beyond just music.  It has been great partnering with Dr. Certain.

MR. & MRS. VERDIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2013

Three of my children have been receiving lessons from Dr. Certain. I have seen tremendous progress in their skills since they started with Dr. Certain.  He is very patient and at the same time challenges them and constantly and genuinely praises them.  What I like most about his method is the parental involvement he fosters.  In fact, I sit in every lesson at the studio as I always feel welcome.  Recently, my children performed at our church, and a friend who is a musician was very impressed.  Since I homeschool, I am very involved in my children's education and I now spend my mornings and afternoons listening to my children play their songs and the best part is that I don't have to tell them to practice.  In fact, I actually tell them to finish music so they can get to their other subjects.  I believe the combination of a caring and solid teacher and the parental involvement Dr. Certain encourages are the combination that spells success.  I am very thankful to Dr. Certain for sharing his talent with our family. 

Mr. & Mrs. Lozano

MAY 2013

 

Dr. Certain is a great *Violin,Piano & Music Theory Instructor.  Our son has been studying piano since he was almost five years old and now he is nine.  He has advanced at an amazing pace.  Dr. Certain sets the bar high and only accepts each child's personal best.
 


 
My oldest daughter started studying the violin right before she started middle school. She never used the tapes for the notes the PISD instructors at the orchestra usually request. By December of the first year she was already playing complex music pieces she would have never dreamed if it weren't for Dr. Certain and the confidence he instilled in her. 
 
 
 
Furthermore, my youngest child who is an active and super energetic kid also started to learn to play the piano a year and a half ago. Dr. Certain has been always patient and caring with her winning her over. Therefore, she is almost always enthusiastic about practicing at home so Dr. Certain can be proud of her every week when she plays for him.
 


Dr. Certain is a great musician, wonderful instructor and more than that, a caring and giving human being. You couldn't ask for a better music instructor for your child or for yourself!

 

Mr. & Mrs. Aguirre

 

 

March 2013

My 8 year old son has been taking *Violin lessons with Dr. Certain for almost 3 years.  He has continually progressed and we are very pleased with the music education he has received.  Dr. Certain has been able to challenge him repeatedly to play pieces that I would not have believed possible for his age.  Each time he has risen to the challenges and achieved them.  He has a heart for knowing the child and how hard to push without frustrating him.
     I especially like the parental involvement in the lessons so that I know how to be helping him at home, but also the expectation that the student is to be responsible and accountable for his own practice times. 
My son has also taken *Piano with Dr. Certain for almost a year and is progressing well there too. He is also receiving a thorough foundation in theory.
     He has been patient and encouraging and given us an excellent experience in musical education.  It has been valuable enough for us to make almost an hour drive each week for our lessons! 

                                                            
 
Lyndie Cawthon

 

 

 

March 2012

 
My daughter began piano lessons with Dr. Certain 1 year ago when she was three and a half years old.  She loved him instantly.  Getting her to practice and sit still at a lesson has been a challenge but with Dr. Certain's patience and persistence she has grown leaps and bounds.  It truly is a partnership between the teacher and parents when the student is so young.  Dr. Certain has made every accommodation to keep our daughter interested and excited about learning the piano.  He has taken the time to really know her.  He sought out beginner piano books with songs that she knows to keep her interest up.  He uses positive reinforcement to award her efforts.  He creates an environment of caring and patience along with high expectations.  Our daughter practices every day at home as that is what is expected from Dr. Certain.  Sometimes little rewards are necessary to keep her practicing at home.  I'm sure this is common with most 4 year olds learning an instrument.  We've used some tips Dr. Certain has given us to keep it fun at home--like making up silly words when she plays her scales.  She has grown in so many ways as a result of her lessons and we thank Dr. Certain.  

Keith and Meredith McKenna

 

 

 

MARCH 2012

Dr. Certain is the best! Our daughter started to learn the piano about a year and a half ago, and Dr. Certain has succeeded in instilling the joy of music in our child. His patience and kind words provide constant encouragement and guidance to her, and she has taken his lessons to heart.  His teaching technique works amazingly well - the parents get actively involved, and together provide the supportive but challenging environment needed to learn such a complex but beautiful skill. He not only makes the child learn by practice, but also elaborates on the theory providing the perfect balance. We are glad to know Dr. Certain as a teacher and as a friend.
 
 
 
Sonal & Sunil.


 

August 2011 -Best Teacher Ever!

To say that Dr. Certain is “certainly the best” is an understatement! I cannot believe what I am able to play after only 1 year and eight months under his talented gift for teaching. His patience and true desire for sharing his gift of music with young children is amazing but his patience and guidance as a teacher and  friend to adults like myself, is miraculous. I so appreciate the way he challenges me to my edge to learn to play the violin but also knows when to ease up and let me soak it in at my own pace. He truly cares about his students and has opened his home and his heart to all of us and  has created an inspiring opportunity in bringing us all together; I get so much joy playing with the others as a group, practicing together and performing for others. OK, there’s always the nervous excitement when performing but it’s so much fun to do!  I’ve made new friends because of Dr. Certain’s generosity of his time and spirit and he has made my love for music even stronger.

I am truly Blessed to know him.

Jan Perry

 

 

 

 

 


         April 4th, 2011

My daughter had just turned 5 when she began asking to play the violin.  Not knowing where to begin with finding a music instructor or obtaining an instrument, we were lucky enough to meet Dr. Certain through our local Parks and Recreation Programs.  Dr. Certain has taken my daughter’s basic interest in music and desire to learn to play the violin to one of true enjoyment and eagerness in learning everything she can, including her most recent endeavor to learn how to play the piano.  Dr. Certain has introduced our whole family to a new appreciation of music, music theory, and individual growth and accomplishment.   What started out as a trial to “see how it goes” has evolved into a family affair with my 4 year old son learning the piano, my husband picking up music theory, and my learning to play the violin with my daughter.  
Dr. Certain’s love of music and interest in his students’ development, plus the right combination of encouragement and patience, keeps you reaching higher and higher.
The Shull Family

 



 

 

 

 

February 21st,2011

Over the past 5 months, I have been studying violin with Dr. Certain. I am truly amazed at the level of music theory and violin studies I have been blessed to be a part of. After less than 3 months of study, I proudly participated as a soloist and a group violinist in the 2010 fall recital. Dr. Certain is very patient and always makes sure his students are comfortable with their assignments. He never leaves his students without a strong foundation for their next musical "challenge." Without a doubt, I highly recommend Certain Music to anyone looking to learn violin or piano. Overall, the caliber of Certain Music tutelage has been exceptional. This is just the beginning of my journey! I challenge you to begin yours.

-Rachel

 

 

 

November 22nd,2010

Our 3-year old twin girls have been studying piano with Dr. Certain for eight months.  I am amazed to see the progress that they have made.  They look forward to their lessons with Dr. Certain, he is extremely patient and encouraging, and makes their lessons enjoyable. It is very rewarding to see them them practice with Dr. Certain, and, know that they are developing the creative part of their brains in a loving and comfortable enviroment.

 

 
Ramon and Lisa Hill

 

November, 2010

Dr. Certain is not only a great and very professional piano instructor but also a wonderful human being. Dr. Certain is excellent with young kids, even the shy ones, like our son. He is very patient and really loves teaching music. However, be ready to learn more than just music; his teaching goes far beyond. He prepares kids to be more successful in their everyday life through discipline, mutual respect and good manners. Dr. Certain is an outstanding instructor and we feel honored and blessed of being part of the Certain Music Family!

 

Mr. & Mrs. Aguirre

 

October, 2010

I have been a student of Dr. Certain’s for 2 months, and I can truly say that he is the reason that I am playing Bach again! 

After not picking up a violin for over 35 years, and wanting desperately to go back to playing, I found Dr. Certain.  He encouraged me, and inspired me more than any other music teacher I have ever known.   It’s a joy to be playing again, and he ‘certainly’ makes it enjoyable.  I would recommend him to anyone, young or old who wants to learn piano or violin.  He is patient, and very encouraging.   I look forward to every lesson! 

 -Cheryl


August, 2010

I have been studying with Dr. Certain for over two years, and have been
very impressed with not only his teaching ability but his genuine love of
music.  He genuinely cares for each of his students, and (especially with
me) demonstrates great patience and enthusiasm.

Dr. Certain strives to bring out the best in all his students, gently and
lovingly pushing each of us to be just a little better than we thought
possible! No matter the age (he has students from 3 to 80) he works with
each individual to bring out their best effort.

Not only is Dr. Certain a great instructor, he is a consummate musician as
well.  His musical repertoire is vast - he can play from memory
practically any piece you can name - and his skill gives all his students
a lofty goal to pursue.

Jim Swedberg

 

April, 2010

Certain Music is wonderful instruction with a chance to perform at recitals.  Dr. Certain is very patient and knowledgeable. My daughter began piano lessons two years ago, having never played.  Now, thanks to Dr. Certain, reading music and understanding theory allow her to play proficiently and enjoy.  – Julie Hinton

 

March, 2010

I would like to take this opportunity to just say THANK YOU to Dr. Certain for what he has been able to accomplish with my son.  At age 6 we began taking violin instruction at another school; however was not advancing as we should which discouraged my son from taking further instruction.  After a year he was missing the instrument so badly, we decided to find another school and came across Dr. Certain's information and WOW was I glad I did! 

After being with Dr Certain since just Nov 09, Paul has come full circle with the instrument and has re-dedicated his love for violin.  We are advancing nicely at my son's pace which is what was important for him.  Dr Certain has let my son learn in such a way, he was not discouraged and has learned to overcome his frustrations when "The going gets tough"!

Dr Certain, I am a believer in your school and look forward to MANY years of partnering with you as we take Paul to great height's in learning!

Steve & Pat Rhoades

 

 

February, 2010

Our daughter expressed a very early interest in learning to play the violin.  When she turned five, my husband and I explored some options in instruction.  Dr. Certain reassured us that he was very comfortable teaching young children an instrument.  It was amazing to watch our daughter read music before she started Kindergarten!  Learning an instrument has taught her perseverence (she knows she has to practice, practice, practice) and patience, and she has really learned how to pay attention to detail.  Dr. Certain has been a very patient and caring instructor.  In addition, Dr. Certain has taught her parents, neither of which played the violin, so that we can encourage her at home.  We highly recommend the Certain Music family to anyone who wants to learn the violin or piano, no matter what age he or she starts!

The Clark Family

 

January, 2010

I came to Maestro Certain almost a year ago as a beginner adult student. I had never received any formal training or instruction in music what so ever; I was as green as green can be. But Maestro Certain accepted me as a student and it has been a wonderful life-altering experience! Never in my life would I have believed that I would find the skill and talent in myself that I have. Thank you Maestro Certain for pushing me and believing in me!

Ben Scarth

"I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me
and my friends respect me.
The others can do whatever the hell they please."
 

                                                                - John Wayne

 

January, 2010

My 11 years old daughter took her violin class with Dr. Certain for a whole year (from Feb. 2009). She loved this class and her violin improved not only violin itself but the basic skills. From Jan 2010, My daughter also took piano lesson with Dr. Certain. Surprisingly my daughter's piano got started quickly in just one month (three lessons!), looks like she has Learned piano several months already! Thanks Certain Music!

 

Xinwang Wang

 

January, 2010

I would like to briefly comment on our recent Holiday Music presentation at Encore pianos.
I was surprised at seeing what I thought a large and receptive audience .  Being my first time of group/ensemble experience, I found it pleasant and personally enriching.
In spite of the diversity of ages/playing levels, I thought we presented a nice Christmas program, thanks to your initiative and great effort.
I personally enjoyed the company AND support of my fellow students.
My sincere appreciation is extended to you in this regard.
Carlos.

 

January, 2010

Our son has been studying Piano with Dr. Certain for over a year and a half. After only a couple of months, he was already reading music and sight reading new pieces. He absolutely loves playing, and looks forward to his lessons every week.

We would have thought it would take years for him to get to this level. He is playing complicated classical pieces and plays all the time at home. All of our family and friends are truly impressed at how much he has learned over the last year.

Not only is Dr Certain a very talented teacher, but also cares deeply about all of his students and our families.

Our decision to enroll our son Sage in piano lessons has ended up being one of the most rewarding things we have ever done for him.

Thank you Dr Certain...from the bottom of our hearts.

Nicole and Scott Prendergast

 

 

January, 2010

Dr. Certain is 'certainly' the best violin teacher you will find in the whole DFW area (and beyond!). I have had the honor to study with him for 2 years now and I have learned more that I ever dreamed of.
He is a very motivating and skilled teacher with an incredible love for music and the violin in particular. Dr. Certain adjusts his teachings to any level or age of his students and always makes sure I understand what I am taught.
He is caring and patient and I am proud to be his student. When I started playing with him I did not have any prior violin training before. I am proud to be already able to play various composers such as J.S. Bach and Telemann (of course there is always room for improvement). If you need a great teacher, do not hesitate to chose Dr. Certain. I would recommend him to all my friends and family (and I do!).
 
Gabriella

 

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