Parent and Teacher Lectures/Pedagogy
heard your "Me and My Shadow: The Changing Roles of Parents and Teachers"
presentation last summer, in Kingston, on parent/teacher relationships
and family dynamics. I think you make some very valuable points throughout
that lecture about how parents can best help and nurture young pianists
and how they sometimes do not. We'd like to hear both sides of that
story from you.'
'As a dancer and a language teacher, it was interesting to hear you
employ the metaphor of language to conceptualize music in the statement
"the language of music is aural". I loved hearing you refer to the stories
in music….Thank you again for sharing your wisdom, story and performance
with us. You are definitely a very engaging and lyrical performer.'
'I want to thank you very much and tell you that in your lecture on
"Perfectionist Child - Perfectionist Parent" and "Music: Public
Performance or Private Pleasure" you gave me hope, not only with
your ideas on how to help students and parents, but also how to help
myself…Thanks again; you have directed me along a new pathway and I
am looking forward to exploring the possibilities.'
'Do you realize how much your parent lectures affect the parents and
teachers you speak to? I want to thank you first because your talk,
"Music: A Longterm Investment in Courage, Creativity and Challenge",
gave me an idea that has worked and helped our family….Thank you for
helping me have the courage and evidence to present my case so favorably.'
you Clayton for all that you bring to an event your talent, your
knowledge, teaching skills, your dedication, your high standards (nothing
short of excellence), your flexibility (for less than ideal situations!),
your humour, your energy, your inspiration, your love of music and children
and teaching and life!! Needless to say, the list could go on and on
'Thank you so much for the great lecture on "Mastering the Piano"
you gave in Ottawa this past weekend….As always, you are a breath of
fresh air and real inspiration!'
'I am still reaping the benefits from your presentations on "Time
Management and Tips for Effective Practice" and "Music: Public
Performance or Private Pleasure" in my musical life and in my personal
'I was at your very interesting and very moving lecture, "Time Management
and Tips for Effective Practice" and "Music: Public Performance
or Private Pleasure". I would like to thank you for inspiring me.'
'Teachers, students and parents alike are saying how much they learned
and how much they enjoyed your exceptional presentations. One of my
parents who had not seen you before said "what a gift!"'
'It is such solid, down to earth, insightful advice and so succinctly
and authoritively stated. Wonderful!!'
intelligence, wisdom, communication skills and ability to nurture always
impress and inspire me when I see you in action. Both Valery and I are
grateful to you not only for the special understanding and expertise
you bring to "Mastering the Piano", but also for your ever-present
enthusiasm and contagious, positive energy.'
'Your passion for and commitment to your music and your teaching are
both inspiring and intoxicating…You have planted so many seeds, and
I really do think that is what makes a "great" teacher or musician.'
'The teaching year got off to a good start with Clayton Scott's insights
into "The Musical Juggling Act" we must perform every week in
our studios. Her dynamic, informative style engaged us all and she was
very warmly received.'
'Thank you for presenting your workshop on "Baroque, Classical and
Romantic Music"…Comments ranged from excellent, informative, entertaining,
awesome, I absolutely loved it, to I wish we could have more workshops
like this one.'
'You really opened our eyes to a method that, for most, was unfamiliar…If
it wasn't obvious from my comments in class, let me just say that you
have truly been influential in my development as a teacher. As you say,
we all have teachers that change us and you are on the top of my list.…Your
desire to "educate through entertainment" is so refreshing and the idea
of "pulling people into a world where they're listening, not watching"
is so…exactly right…. I am always inspired when I listen to you, and
tonight was no exception. I have a page of notes and quotes that will
certainly make their way into my own philosophy of education.'
'The teachers that heard your recent workshop, "Piano Through the
Ages", are still talking about it. For many teachers it was their
first time hearing you speak. One teacher said, "not one word was wasted".
She hung onto every word you said….Thank you so much for the inspiration
you have given to thousands of music students throughout the years.
You really do make music come alive!'
'I enjoyed your presentation on "Time Management and Tips for Effective
Practice", (I took six pages of notes!) and couldn't wait to start
using some of your practice tips with my students.'
'Thank you very much for coming to our class….Your talk was captivating
and provided such a different look into another realm of teaching.…Your
talk was inspiring and motivating it helped to remind me what
I love about my own teaching and it is very reassuring to know that
there are others, like yourself, in teaching because it is their pleasure.'
'I really admire your passion and dedication to music…Hearing you speak
about your teaching repertoire made me realize how much I would like
to experience the kind of passion for something that I saw in you.'
'You gave me exactly what I needed…my first summer at More Than Music
to help me figure out a proposed schedule for my daughter to complete
put on a spectacular show with "The Barber of Seville" - thoroughly
researched, meticulously prepared - and elegantly delivered.'
positively extraordinary the way you made "The Barber of Seville"
come alive. What an original theatre you have created for the joy of
your fans. It's truly better than going to the opera!!'
loved your delivery. It was so warm and infectious. "The Barber of
Seville" is a delightful opera which you brought to light with such
"Madama Butterfly" was outstanding and I was bawling my eyes
out - you really capture the essence of the drama and the music so beautifully.'
Butterfly was dreamlike. Your script, your arms, your words, your
knowledge - even your dress - all magical in the way only you are. Time
Butterfly" Clayton does so much more than just tell the story; she
helps you understand how the music also tells the story.'
incandescent. We were enchanted by the grace with which you shared your
understanding of "Madama Butterfly". We were riveted by the intensity
with which you shared your passion for the opera. That was truly magic.'
family was mesmerized by your presentation of "Madama Butterfly"!
I couldn't believe it when my 11-year old son remained attentive and
never once fidgeted. You seemed to be Madama Butterfly and I didn't
want it to end!'
opened our hearts with your 'butterfly' spell.'
have a unique gift for making opera accessible and consequently, enjoyable
for many who would never receive this gift of the human spirit had they
not heard you.'
knowledge and passion for the opera "Carmen" made a great impression
I found "Carmen" gripping and spectacular. I swear that an evening
with you far exceeds an evening at the opera.'
How impressive "Carmen" was…You left me in tears.'
performance of "Carmen" was formidable. I was transported and
could have sat there all evening.'
and the scholarship of your "Tosca" presentation consistently
confirm for me that I am witnessing an event no less enjoyable than
the work your own performance illuminated. Brava!'
to say we were riveted throughout your presentation of "Tosca".
I consider it an honour to be part of that audience.'
and expertly, Clayton Scott led us to the heart of Puccini's "La
Clayton's efforts, I now view opera not as an inscrutable and inaccessible
burden to be endured, but as a vibrant, vital art form.'
in awe! Because you explained "La Bohème" so beautifully and
dramatically, George understood a great deal - so much so that he was
still mourning Mimi's death in the morning.'
exceeded our expectations and left us with a new-found appreciation
so entranced by the performance of "Turandot" you gave…it was
so exceptionally brilliant that you had 80 kids spellbound...not to
mention the adults in the room. And to see Turandot after that…made
Turandot so much more remarkable and enjoyable.'
phenomenal! You taught all of us a great deal and I cannot wait to see
energy is amazing - I learned so much…I went home that evening after
"The Magic Flute" feeling elevated and ready to enjoy a new aspect
of music - I see opera in a new way now.'
Traviata" I was impressed with your erudition, touched by your passion
and enchanted by your presence.'
of the West Shore Symphony Orchestra we would like to thank you for
your magnificent performance of Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty".
Through the insights presented during the pre-concert lecture and your
dramatic telling of the story, you really made the story come alive
for our audience! We have very much appreciated the opportunity to work
congratulations on…a wonderful performance of "The Sleeping Beauty"….
It was a full house!'
seen "Swan Lake" several times but it never meant as much to
me as when clearly described by Clayton Scott. A wonderful experience!'
"Don Quixote", this is the second time that Clayton has inspired
Kit in the classical domain.'
a quick note to tell you how much I enjoyed your "Onegin" presentation
last night. I thought you caught the romanticism of the ballet so completely…I'm
still blissed out.'
and Juliet", we knew the emotion and the music and the dance. You
left us moved and hungry for more.'
never penned his plot,
discovered a new art form: I have discovered what Clayton does and that
is a new art form.'
'On behalf of the Royal Diploma Program, and especially the children,
I thank you profusely for your inspiring afternoon! We recognize the
amount of preparation and energy involved to present such a show. The
reports from both children and parents were glowing. We hope you will
consider returning another year."
'I loved your presentation you were great! Also I went to your
website and it was awesome. Bravo nice job!'
'She makes the story exciting and funny, and it keeps me on the edge
of my seat!'
'Clayton Scott kept us all spellbound with her dramatic portrayals of
several fabulous operas and ballets. This has sparked a love of opera
and ballet in my daughter that I know will last a lifetime.'
'I wish we could find the right words to describe your presentations!
Students and parents don't realize what they are missing until they
have heard you once, then they will never miss!'
'Her dramatic acting abilities were excellent and added a lot to the
engagement of the audience.'
'Fabulous, best teacher ever, outstanding, masterful.'
'Clayton is such a marvelous teacher!'
'I would like to thank you for your patience, encouragement and perseverance
during the years we spent together. I've come to appreciate, more and
more, the dedication you demonstrate every day to each one of your students,
and to the enjoyment of music for all people'
'I thank God everyday that you are their teacher! I can see how your
great gift has opened the door for Amelia to be able to develop skills
and express herself in ways that most people don't experience.'
'I also wanted to tell you that Emma was so energized and excited after
her lesson last week she said it was one of her best ever! She
had been so uninspired the week before and didn't see what she could
bring to these pieces. After working with you, she was really on fire
and felt such a sense of accomplishment. She could see the experience
in a wider context as well, seeing that this focus and 'inner fire'
that you awoke in her can be applied to other areas of her life that
she has difficulty with.'
'You have truly helped me so much on my journey to becoming an artist,
and for that, I thank you dearly.'
'I had begun to miss the piano and the sense of release I used to feel
from playing, but I had not fully realized until today how much of the
pleasure I took from piano came from working at and discussing the music
'Thank you so much for all of your lessons, because after going to the
symphony last night I see how valuable they are. Not only were they
sufficient in helping me pass these exams, but they've really given
me invaluable knowledge, and I do have to thank you for that… I could
hear your voice in the back of my head animating the music, and bringing
sense to it all. I really feel as if your voice will be in the back
of my head for the rest of my life…and whenever I do hear a piece of
music we've studied, I'll hear your voice, amplified by your speaker,
screaming 'AND THEN THE MODULATION TO THE MINOR KEY!!'
'I have nothing but happy memories of studying music with you. I think
one of the greatest gifts I could give my children would be to search
out teachers who are as inspirational as you.'
'It is so inspirational to watch a teacher so passionate, knowledgeable
and patient work with students. Amara loves going to piano, loves practicing,
and talks of you now as if she has known you for years. You not only
bring life to music, but music to life. Thanks, Clayton, for your gifts
and your work.'
'Thank you for yesterday…You continue to amaze us! We are so glad and
honored that Melissa has such a dedicated and loving teacher and that
she is part of such a wonderful group of young talented musicians…It
is such a joy to watch how you can tap their talent and bring out their
'You are a real inspiration to Laura and I know she feels incredibly
privileged to be your student and to be a part of a wonderful studio.'
'They were obviously so well prepared for the exams that they shine
compared to other music students and yes they are talented but that
is not all there is. So, Clayton, thank you again for all your devoted
hard work and commitment to your students. We feel so lucky to have
had you in our lives.'
'I like being taught by Clayton because she is very patient and I think
she always stays in the moment with me.'
'I just want to say that I love the energy you give to students when
you are teaching…When I am teaching and feel tired, I picture you and
always get a little more inspiration.'
'Everyone was so pleased with how much encouragement you gave the kids…All
have said this week they feel much better now going into their grade
8 exams, etc…Students were just "flying high"!'
'I had to let you know how grateful we ALL are to you, for giving so
much of yourself to us… if 200 per cent is possible, you certainly did
'You have an amazing amount of energy! It's also energizing for us to
be in the presence of one who is passionate about their work.'
'My students just absolutely adore you. The ones that had private lessons
with you seem very motivated to keep improving their pieces. It is so
nice to have such a great boost from you.'
'It was a very inspiring and enriching weekend for our school. I really
appreciate your expertise, graciousness, creativity and warmth expressed
in your teaching. I really enjoyed observing how you work with the children.
Your positive feedback and innovative techniques for improving are so
uplifting and motivating for the students and parents as well. How refreshingly
different from the conservative way I learned to play piano!'
'Clayton is extremely talented and gets such positive results from the
kids. I marveled at how focused they were on her every word picture…and
was amazed at how they could implement her suggestions as she coached
'Thank you for this weekend and introducing us to Clayton Scott. Both
girls enjoyed her very much. What a treat that was….'
'Your love of music and focus on "making music come alive" is so evident
as you speak to the children. You gave me some extra energy and a focus
on the "love of music" which feels so good.'
'You are the BEST adjudicator we have ever met. And Baillie has been
performing since she was six (she is 13).'
'I've received rave reviews from my students and parents!…One of my
teenage students emailed me last night that she was so inspired she
was practicing away for hours when she got home. (WOW - wish you could
come up more often!!)'
'Both your musical insights and positive encouraging approach were appreciated
by participants and teachers (I saw only smiling faces leaving each
'Adjudicator Clayton Scott of Toronto said she hopes each child leaves
feeling something from their performance has been acknowledged and appreciated
by her. She says, "My main purpose is to acknowledge their hard work
and the courage it takes for them to come and share their music".'