May 13, 2021 -What Bach fugues, Beethoven concertos, and Dr. Rosenthal’s creative teaching style have got to do with this passing this passing the NCE business?
Dr. Rosenthal, I am not sure if you remember me, the neurodiverse pianist who did a career change. I contacted you a couple months back with worry about taking the NCE without my usual accommodations. I received your materials and honestly let the box sit unopened for about a week. Obviously, this only induced more anxiety. One morning I opened the box and popped in the first CD. STATISTICS!!! Oh dear. I was frightened. I took a deep breath and then began to remind myself if I can learn Beethoven concertos or Bach fugues, I can do this. I approached it the way I would any large musical piece, which by the way is EXACTLY what you suggest. Small sections with repetition. I was diligent not to skip around and listened to each CD at least twice before moving on. I started with around an hour and a half per day and slowly ramped up the amount of time to around 2.5 to 3 hours by the last couple of weeks. I went to the text only after I had been through the cd program. As May 6 approached, I was calm and knew I had enough information and realized I would never know everything. On May 6 I took the exam masked up with a healthy mindset. You know the outcome. I passed. Your kind words and thoughtful response was so encouraging. I will admit that you sound a bit funny with my CD player on a fast speed as I got closer to the date. I will now continue slowly studying for the other National exam which in Arkansas is not required but does shed 500 hours off of the supervision hours. Why not keep a slow momentum? I’m extremely grateful and as the internship coordinator with dozens of interns I will always recommend your full materials from the website and encourage students to start now! People were astounded or perhaps did not believe me when I said you actually emailed me back quickly. Another success story for you and more importantly you are a part of my career transition and return to work from disability. Warmest regards! John Lee Roberts M.M., M.A. Internship Coordinator and Disability Resource Advocate Chenal Family Therapy