Read what our parents and students have to say about our academy instructor :
Guitar Lessons have been great for Ben
Guitar lessons have been great for Ben. Ms. Betz is helpful, approachable and very encouraging. - The Grants, Ada
I learned so much and ahead of the 6th graders; I'm only in the 4th grade
I did one year of piano and learned so much. I just started doing violin and the 6th graders are a few pages ahead of me and I am only in 4th grade! - Clare H (student), Ada
You give him achievable goals he is able to accomplish and feel good about
Dane has learned so much and stays focused because you give him achievable goals and small tasks that he is able to accomplish and feel good about. - Task Family., Hudsonville, MI
I love it here! You make things so easy.
I love it here! I have learned sooooo much. You are patient with me and you make things so easy when they are hard. - Nate B (student)
Developed a fondness for music with your gentle guidance.
Max has developed a fondness for music which we hope we continue to develop with your gentle guidance. - Max S. parents, Ada, MI
She loves violin lessons...you keep her engaged
Thank you for all the kindness that you have shown to Cate. You have made learning fun; challenging enough to see improvement but encouraging to keep her engage. She loves violin lessons because she loves you! -
Extremely supportive and encouraging, very fun and my boys are learning quickly.
Ms. Betz has been extremely supportive and encouraging with working piano into our busy schedule. She makes piano very fun, and my boys are learning quickly and making progress after each lesson. - The Schmidts
My daughter looks forward to her lesson every week
Ms Betz has been an amazing teacher. I am extremely pleased with how well my 5 year old daughter both plays and understands the music after only 8 months of lessons. Ms. Betz is a very caring and patient teacher and my daughter looks forward to her lesson every week."
Heather T., parent, Ada, MI
It's awesome and you should go there. - Sierra W, Ada (student)
They are fun and easy. I learned to play really good.
I like my piano lessons at Ms. Betz' because they are fun and easy. I learned to play really good. Now I can start playing trumpet and take lessons with her too. - Max M. (student), Grand Rapids
She's always coming up with new suggestions and incentives
"She's been communicative and helpful, always coming up with new suggestions and incentives."
Kate O., parents - Ada, MI
It's FUN....I like how she teaches me
"It's FUN and I like playing piano with Ms. Betz and I like how she teaches me."
Henry O., student - Ada, MI
"She's awesome and I thank her for teaching me everything I know."
Judah T., student - Ada, MI
I'm happy to be learning piano...Ms. Betz is a really good teacher
"I am happy to be learning piano because Ms. Betz is a really good teacher."
Jimena V., student- Grand Rapids, MI
I love music thanks to Ms. Betz!
"Ms. Betz helps me step by step how to learn each lesson. She puts more fun into practice than a regular lesson. I love music thanks to Ms. Betz!"
- Anna L., student, Grand Rapids, MI
My daughter loves her and always very excited to go to the class
She is a good teacher. My daughter loves her and always very excited to go to the class.
- parent of Sofia E., Grand Rapids
FUN! She's nice and she does cool songs
"FUN! She's nice and she does cool songs and I like doing computer games when we have one hour lessons." Will O, student - Ada, MI
I've improved a lot thanks to Ms. Betz
"I've improved a lot thanks to Ms. Betz. I think it's been an awesome experience. The concerts are great learning experiences and they help you get better. Thanks Ms. Betz for everything you have taught me, you are a great teacher." - Fatima V., student - Ada, MI
Ms. Betz keeps my kids interested....with music they love
"Ms. Betz keeps my kids interested and engaged by making music FUN and letting them play the songs they love.
Tracie O, parent - Ada, MI
I find Ms. Betz to be very organized, and she offers clear communication for both parents and students.
My twins girls have taken piano, clarinet, and guitar lessons with Ms. Betz in her home music studio for the past 7 years. They tell me that she makes learning to play an instrument a lot of fun. They do not complain about the lessons, or the practice times needed. She adjusts the practice plan according to them individually. She keeps them motivated and feeling confident and treats them with respect. I find Ms. Betz to be very organized, and she offers clear communication for both parents and students. I am happy that my girls enjoy taking music lessons in spite of their busy schedules."
- Shari B., Grand Rapids, MI
He comes running out of class with a huge smile telling me how much he enjoys his time with you
"I am sure you hear it from every parent. J.D comes running out of class with a huge smile telling me how much he enjoys his time with you. He is doing great and seems much happier practicing now that you have given him direction."Thank you!!"
-Charity B. - Ada, MI
"Ms. Betz makes learning fun..."
"Ms. Betz makes learning fun. Challenging enough to keep things interesting yet lessons are taught in workable pieces so that students don't get frustrated."
Kirsten M., Parent - Ada, MI
You take kids very young and teach a range of instruments
(4 children) have been taking lessons with you for 8 years. We have
been so pleased that we recommended you to others. You take kids very young which we hadn't found with any other teacher. We have made use of the fact that you teach a range of instruments as well. Our children have taken piano, clarinet, flute and violin lessons from you. Your style is accommodating to various types of learning. We have had a great experience with you and you feel like family to us."
- Meg S., Ada, MI
You are fun, enthusiastic, interested in the student.
"You are fun, enthusiastic, interested in the student, willing to help and encouraging in all aspects of music."
- Pamela N., Grand Rapids, MI
Ms. Betz makes the experience fun for the kids and they really learn a great deal.
"Our daughter started taking
lessons when she was 5 year old and we are amazed at how
much Ms. Betz has taught her in just one year. 6 years later, Megan still enjoys her
lessons and is excited to practice what she learns. Ms. Betz makes the experience fun for the kids and they really learn a great deal."
- Tricia S., Ada, MI
He really enjoys playing piano. Now I find him practicing all by himself.
I have wanted to write to you
to tell you that he really enjoys
playing piano. One day he told me “mommy, I love piano”..I had never heard that from him before. I always had to explain to him why he had to go to piano…Now I find him practicing all by himself.
Actually he has gotten to the point where he knows more than I do. I
really enjoy listening to him. His brother (3 years old) has been excited to finally
been old enough to begin piano lessons with you."
- Bertha B., Grand Rapids, MI
She's patient. She's a great music teacher and I'm lucky to have her.
"Ms. Betz is big on confidence. She is always telling me to think positively. In her class, she doesn't allow students to put themselves down by saying things like, "I failed" or "This is too hard". She's patient, and will help you work through your pieces with tips like "practice one hand/measure at a time." In the end, she's a great music teacher and I'm lucky to have her."
- Bennett L., student, Grand Rapids, MI
Ms. Betz is helpful and easy to communicate with
"Ben has really enjoyed getting to learn the guitar. Ms. Betz has been very patient and helpful and easy to communicate with."
Mindy Q., parents - Ada, MI
Quality instructor that perfectly suits my musical needs, interests and goals.
"If you want to learn how to play the piano (and any other
instrument) Ms. Betz does a great job providing guidance to play within
your abilities while also keeping you challenged to help you steadily
improve. She is very patient and easy-going,
yet professional and firm in her instruction. The music she chooses
depends on your interest and input, and includes much variety to help
keep it interesting. As an ‘older student” (50+) I have thoroughly
enjoyed taking piano lessons from Susan (Ms. Betz) the past 1.5
years, and plan to continue doing so. I enjoy practicing the music she
chooses and am fortunate to have found such a quality instructor that
perfectly suits my musical needs, interests and goals."
- Jim B, adult student, Ada, MI
You are the best teacher and more.
referred to us by the GR Youth Orchestra Director and our band
director. However, we went to the local music store for lessons; bad
choice. (Our son got last chair in band and way behind). At student
conferences, our band director told us we needed to take lessons from
you. So, we called and you were filled. When you had an opening, we
took it. Within two weeks, you had our son caught up in
band and he moved up to the first row. You even grew his confident
level too. Wow, in only two week! We should have gone with you in the
first place. You are the best teacher - and more."
- J. family, East Grand Rapids, MI
Absolutely loves his lessons.
This is Brandon's 4th year taking lessons and he absolutely loves his lessons with you.
He is privileged to be one of your students"
- Sandy G., Grand Rapids, MI
Quickly she had him recognizing notes and playing songs.
"I have had a very positive three year experience taking
my children to piano lessons at Ada Piano Academy. My son was only 4
years old when he started lessons and I was surprised at how quickly she had him recognizing notes and playing songs. She makes it a fun experience for the kids and is creative with ways to keep them interested and excited to attend lessons. I highly recommend lessons at Ada Piano Academy!"
- Sara S, Grand Rapids, MI
Development is WAY beyond what we would have imagined. Thank you for all that you do.
"We spoke to a few music
teachers when Derek was 4 years old. We were told to wait until he was 7
or 8 to start with lessons. We knew we wanted him to be exposed to
music, we just were not sure what was the correct age. When we got your
letter offering to teach at a younger age, we were very excited. We
could not be happier with Derek's progress. We did not have
expectations as we did not play instruments. His development is "WAY" beyond what we would have imagined. Thank you for all that you do."
-Mark and Dinah M., Lowell, MI
Professional, caring and build a great relationship with your students.
“You are professional, caring, and build a great relationship with your students. Lauren loves to go to lessons. She has been taking lessons with you for 5 years."
- Karen P., Grand Rapids, MI
She loves to practice and really loves to go to lessons.
"My 4 year old, Julia,
started taking lessons with Ms. Betz almost 5 months ago as a last
minute decision and what a great decision it was! She can already sit at
any piano and find her keys and play simple songs by heart. She loves to practice and really loves to go to lessons. Piano lesson day at our house is a very exciting day. We are extremely happy with the Ada Piano experience!!"
- mom to Julia and Alex, Grand Rapids, MI
"Ms. Betz makes my lessons fun! I like how she teaches me."
Jada V, student - Grand Rapids, MI
Made awesome progress and she made 1st chair.
"Elizabeth has made awesome progress. She made 1st chair - 9th grade band. Thanks for your part in that." - Gayle S., Kentwood, MI
Patient and kind and Landon has fun learning the piano.
"Landon's (Y 5's) experience with Ms. Betz has been outstanding. Ms. Betz is very patient and kind and Landon has fun learning the piano.
He looks forward to piano lessons each week. He has learned a lot
about music in a very short period of time. Ms. Betz is wonderful!"
- Dr. Kathy E., Grand Rapids, MI
"Ms. Betz, thank you for taking the time to come on our show. It was a joy to have you as our guest. Keep in touch." - WZZM TV 13, Grand Rapids, MI
Wonderful and excellent!
"You are wonderful and excellent!
We met with the band director and told him what a great
teacher you are, so he would refer students to you. He said he knew you
and that you were a very good teacher!"
- Parent of East Grand Rapids, MI
Rapidly learning, enjoy practicing, accomplishing their goals, feel confident.
"Ms. Betz, my children
were referred to you by our band director. I find you
accommodating and we were able to get the children in right away. The
children are rapidly learning excellent foundational skills and they enjoy practicing and accomplishing their goals for the week. You are extremely thorough and make the children feel confident even as beginners!!"
- Janis P., Caledonia, MI
Ms. Betz is great at keeping things moving to keep her motivated!
"Our daughter has been taking piano for 4 years (started at age 4) and loves being able to play songs for her friends. She really enjoys the variety of learning at her lessons (CD's, books, computer, etc). She is also taking violin. Ms. Betz is great at keeping things moving to keep her motivated!"
-Jenn A., Ada, MI
"We just want to thank you for teaching Ava and Gabriel piano. They both really enjoy your class and learning an instrument! The music concert was very enjoyable and we look forward to seeing many more."
- Amy A., Ada, MI
"Our son asked to take piano lessons 5 years ago (kindergarten) and we have been with Ms. Betz ever since. He enjoys going to lessons, and Ms. Betz keeps him motivated. Through her methods, he has learned to play the piano and read music. The traditional teaching method, balanced with emphasis on having fun and choosing music he likes, works for him!"
- Maya R., Ada, MI
"Ms. Betz has made my daughter's first experience (age 5) with music an enjoyable one. She looks forward to each lesson and it's fun to see her learn so quickly."
- Parents of Lauren S., Ada, MI
"Ms. Betz, I took sax and clarinet lessons from you from the summer of 99 through the fall of 03. I'm currently serving a tour in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division Band playing tenor and bari sax for the troops in an effort to make things a little more bearable for them. But at any rate, I feel like I have to thank you for giving me the extra experience and push back then so I could make it into the Army Band field. I hope this finds you well and in high spirits. Thanks again,
- SPC Blake V.", student, Wyoming, MI
"I like to learn new things like my jazz and progressions. I think lessons are fun and the time seems to just fly by" -
- Aimee W., student, Wyoming, MI
"You taught me well. You made me great! You have really helped me to understand the clarinet. My mom thinks so too. You started me on clarinet in 6th grade and I have been first chair every year in band. I am graduating from high school this year and going to college. I won't be around to take lessons anymore. But I wanted to say, Thank you and I will miss you so much!"
- Katie O., student, Ada, MI
" Thank you Ms. Betz for all you have done, You've made my lessons oh so much fun, I always look back on our lessons with glee, we had fun we had fun you and me."
- Joel S., student, Grand Rapids, MI (5 years of studying clarinet)
"We wish to say thank you for the time, effort and patience you have invested with Kara. We have seen her steady improvement along with a building of confidence. At conference time, our band director stated that Kara was above average clarinet player for a 7th grade students! Kudos to both you and Kara! Than you again" -
- Kim H., Kentwood, MI
"I just wanted to say thank you for the many years of lessons (5th grade - 11th grade) and wonderful teaching you gave Chuck. We believe you have taught him well. Thanks again for the influence and input into his life. You were very much appreciated. We will continue to recommend you to people we know."
- Chuck & Lori L., Grand Rapids, MI
"I really want to thank you for everything! You made a great impact on my life and I remember everything you taught me. Not just about music, but life in general. Thanks again. I miss you."
- Laurie, student, Grand Rapids, MI (7 years studying flute/oboe)
Call Ada Piano Academy at: 616-682-2455