I am born in New Orleans, Louisiana. My full name is Gregory Jacques Hopkins. Jacques was my great-grandfather’s name who was cajun-french. It’s also a great name for a piano teacher, don’t you think?
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Jacques & Piano In 21 Days
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I start taking piano lessons. I hate it. It’s boring. The songs are lame.
I have my first piano recital. I wasn’t fond of the piano part but I absolutely loved the cake!
I’ve taken piano lessons for 12 years but when anyone asks me to play I can only play 2 songs. I quit piano lessons but start looking for another way to play.
I found another way to play. I’m learning new songs in minutes. And it’s songs I actually like. I put my first video on Youtube. It was the classic “Lips of an Angel” by Hinder.
I graduate from college, go to work as an engineer, despite my desire to be an online entrepreneur.
I get married. Miracles do happen.
I had tried other entrepreneurial ventures without success. I found myself procrastinating with playing my piano when I felt I should be working on side businesses. I realize my side business should involve piano and I started Piano In 21 Days.
My first daughter is born. We name her Annecy after the city in France we got engaged in.
I quit my job. I was an engineer for 8 years. Now I’m an “online piano teacher”.
My second daughter, Zoë, is born. I’m still doing Piano In 21 Days full time. The 1,000th person signed up for the full 21-day program. I feel very blessed for my family and my “job”.
About Piano In 21 Days
The brand I chose to create several years ago when I decided to teach piano online is “Piano In 21 Days.” I knew the main selling point of my method was going to be efficiency so I chose to include a number of days in the title. How I arrived at 21 days is because research says that it takes 21 days to form a habit. I figured if I can put together a curriculum that gets people results in 21 days, AND if I could motivate people to go through this one day at a time for 21 consecutive days, people would then have the knowledge and the habit to enjoy piano for the rest of their lives.
I quickly realized, though, that people are busy. Some of my only students who complete the course in 21 consecutive days are retired and have a lot of time on their hands. I also learned that not going through the course in 21 consecutive days was not a problem. The only requirement to be successful with this curriculum is to make sure you don’t move on to the next day’s lesson until you have “mastered” that day’s lesson.
So, can you learn piano in 21 consecutive days? YES! Can you learn piano in 21 days spread over the course of several months? Also, yes.