I've played piano with my band for many years in London and had heard about John Hardie through jazz circles there. During a two-week vacation in Palm Desert, California, I finally got to meet John, a fellow countryman and jazz pianist, and to work with him at Willow Creek Productions, his music teaching and recording studio. It was one of the best vacations ever. John is an articulate teacher and coach, one who is not only able to tell, but to show.
David Kaplan, D.D.S., London, England
John continues to add a new dimension to my piano playing and it brings me joy to discover new things. It is such a pleasure to learn some of the secrets of such an accomplished musician.
Gordon Howard, La Quinta
I have been at Willow Creek since it opened in 2006 and it has been a wonderful experience. John is a great teacher and an understanding one, especially since learning to play Mozart is my major goal. I keep coming back because playing the piano contributes to my well being.
Sigrun Braverman, Ph.D.
"I really liked learning from John and playing and all. It was fun and John is a good teacher. Hell teach you any song you want to play and let you play it in your own style. I know I will always be in music."
Nyle Lawes, 11, formerly of La Quinta, where he frequently performed with his band, "Solar"
John is a very good teacher—always encouraging, never demeaning. He not only keeps me challenged, but makes it fun, and I consider him a friend as well. It’s made a difference in how I listen to music--especially guitar players--and how I perceive it.
"John's love of music, his patience and his gentle insistence, are the essential ingredients in engaging and retaining the interest of students of any age. We like the way John takes the time to explain the structure of the music he teaches, but does not dwell too long on dry exercises. With John's guidance, our young son's playing and musical understanding have progressed enormously, all the while maintaining his interest and natural enthusiasm for music."
Suzy and Jonathan Peace
have been a student of John's for two years. I really look forward to
my lessons. Not only am I learning to play the piano but each lesson
is a real treat.
John is simply the best; a great teacher and friend. I really like learning from him and playing music with him. I have discovered new ways to play guitar. I enjoy every lesson; he is the best music teacher!