John Stonko is a con man and criminal who is also known as John Ciarle. What or who is he hiding from? He wrote the glowing reviews on Yelp and Kudzu himself. Karma's gonna get you, piano man. See the I-Team report on Stonko's fraud at myfoxatlanta.com
Posted: 2/24/2012 • Last edited: 3/12/2012 • Link to this review
I am absolutely thrilled with my finding American Piano Academy. After suffering through other private teachers whose ability to teach were questionable, I finally found a place that takes my learning seriously (but in an engaging, interesting, and thoughtful way). Dr. John was right on the mark from the very beginning by asking me what my goals were. I had some very specific ones, but was able to relax and leave the problem of how to get there in his capable hands. From all my past teachers, he's the very best I've ever had. His teaching experience and his education make a difference - at least in this student's playing. I've talked to other students at this academy and they tell me the same thing about their teachers - dedicated, sensitive to their needs, etc. I just wish I hadn't wasted so many years in the past with random teachers who had no business teaching (I think a lot of my past teachers were performers - not actual teachers - just trying to make a buck and not really interested in my learning). Kudos Dr. John and American Piano Academy
Posted: 9/19/2011 • Link to this review
I'm bummed that I wasn't accepted into the college tract at American Piano Academy, but I was accepted into regular lessons. My friend Theresa got into the college tract and says it's pretty hard. So I guess it's all good. I really like my lessons and Dr. Stocco(sp?). He makes theory very interesting. :)
Posted: 5/01/2011 • Last edited: 5/03/2011 • Link to this review
I had over 11 years of lessons when I was young. I so appreciate the new methodologies and the ability my teacher had to quickly fill in the gaps and then bring me to a new level.
Posted: 8/09/2010 • Link to this review
Greeting Dr. John Stonko, I finally back in Beijing after long journey home and want say thank you for such wonderful piano teaching experience in the U.S. I learn so much! I think my playing ability increase 100% because my learning at American Piano Academy. Thank you for setting up my learning curriculum and for all the hard work and expert lessons you teach me. I found sight reading hard but you make it forever much easier for me so I very appreciate. I enjoy my stay and travel and got to see much of your beautiful country. I always remember you and being kind and forever remember how well you teach me. Thank you very much and hope to see you again in the future.
Posted: 7/26/2010 • Link to this review
I've gone through a million piano teachers it seems, to find the right one for me. Ok, I'm a little picky, but it's my money, right? Other teachers were boring OR the chemistry wasn't right OR they always cancelled OR I knew more than they did! (I caught one teacher - at a place I won't mention - actually snoring during my lesson. She had fallen asleep. Oh, and the one I had before I came to American Piano Academy was baking cookies during my lesson. I looked up and she was at the oven with spatula in hand). Like the cookies, I was done. I almost gave up before I found this academy, but am so glad I kept looking. These teachers are professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and engaged. (I have weird work hours so I have to have flexibility in terms of scheduling, thus my 11pm piano lesson.) I found them very accommodating. The search is over - I'm very satisfied with this place.
Posted: 7/14/2010 • Link to this review
Thank you Dr. John-John for all your help my daughter Hong. I so happy she receive scholarship due to you. You excellent teacher. I so proud of her, but she need to continue study, though. You travel to teach her in Vermont? I just kidding, I know you busy. I just want to say thankyou, thankyou, thankyou. I can't say everything I want because my English very bad but you very good.
Posted: 7/08/2010 • Link to this review
Every since I was a child, I have wanted to learn to play the piano. I am so lucky to have found American Piano Academy, as it is my musical home. I've studied under Dr. John for 4 years now and his patience, energy, knowledge and enthusiasm is nothing short of inspiring! This place has changed my life, as I am now fulfilling a life-long dream. Every week (and it's been over four years), I learn something new - like a muscial epiphany. Dr. John keeps the lessons interesting and varied - sometimes challenging (ok,hard!), but always engaging. I am totally hooked on the piano (my friends call me a piano junkie), but I don't care - this is the best thing that's happened to me as an adult. Before Dr. John, I studied under Dr. Osborne (before she retired) and she was also wonderful. In fact I've heard good things about every teacher from the different students I've gotten to know (at the lunch and learns, coffee houses, piano parties, etc.) On a different note, I'll never forget that during a family difficulty (layoff) the academy worked with me (tuition relief) so that I could continue lessons - the one thing I had to have through the difficult time. God bless them!
Posted: 6/19/2010 • Link to this review
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