At the age of eight, I began taking piano lessons through Pasadena City College's conservatory program. They offered group lessons and truthfully, it worked for me. The teacher who taught the classes was a concert pianist. She gave individual attention to every student in the class. I'll never forger her. Her name was Susan Svrcek. I remember she performed at a recital and I couldn't believe my eyes. Only now as a concert pianist can I truly appreciate that Ms.