“Mack has been by far my favorite and most effective piano teacher!
I’m a humble intermediate, and so Mack has been able to easily answer any question I ask or to demonstrate any technique I’m curious about. Examples of this might be my asking what’s going on in a particular measure where a chord is implicitly there but with very few notes to give it away or what improvisation would sound like using various scales or techniques. Additionally, Mack has a great personal touch in commending my incremental progress while also pushing me forward just the right amount.”
- Yotam A.
“I think it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made musically because it’s allowed me to do everything I wanted to with music, which is play with other people, create music and have a blast.”
"Playing jazz piano has been my life time dream, and my dream is slowly becoming reality...”
- Naomi S.
“At age 67, I felt I needed to hone my keyboard skills with someone who could teach me blues and/or jazz basics. My background was classical piano, taking lessons in the 1950’s and 60’s. I had ‘graduated’ from the workforce, always had a piano in my home and found Mack Grout, who was gracious enough to take on someone 40 years older than he was. He was patient, allowed me to tape our sessions, held me accountable and was a real inspiration to me. I learned a lot from Mack; he built up my confidence and made my life a lot richer with my improved knowledge and abilities. ”
- Stan M.
“You can tell that Mack has been working in the industry for some time, so it’s really interesting to learn from his experiences. And I think he’s great at focusing what you’re learning on what’s the most beneficial for you as an individual and what will get you closer to your goals."
“Almost every week I do something I’ve never done before, and once in a while when I do that I jump up from the piano and I say, ‘Holy cow, what was that!’ It’s a lot of fun.”
“I just marvel at this young man’s chops, and great knowledge of the whole range of musical genre’s, weather you’re talking Fats Waller, or Dirty Loops. His dexterity will amaze, his lyricism will enchant.”
- John L.
"Mack has a love and specialty in jazz. He is an amazing jazz musician as well as a fantastic teacher. Mack is very patient and understanding and works well with all students from beginner to advanced jazz, young and old.”
- Steve B.
“I have definitely gained a wider and broader understanding of harmony and chords, because (jazz piano) is centered around harmonic structures and chords, and I knew some of that before but definitely now it’s a whole new world, and it’s very cool. "