Herbert Wiedemann (Professor for piano an improvisation at the University of Arts, Berlin)
"I find this improvisation method to be outstanding and innovative. The great strength of music matters is its straightforwardness and its concentration on what is truly important. The sparingly used, concise musical examples and the clear, to-the-point directions stimulate the desire for musical dialogue and create the space and confidence necessary for the development of the player's own ideas. The ideas for games and suggestions for variations represent an important contribution to an open, creative and communicative form of piano instruction, one that stimulates and promotes perceiving and experiencing sound on many different levels while making music."

Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture (Appraisal for the appendix of the schoolbook list)
"An outstanding methodic concept and very well balanced in terms of content"

International Piano, July / August 2007
Musicmatters is a fascinating and inspiring collection of 16 improvisation games for piano, which can be used both for individual or group piano instruction after approximately the second year of study. Unlike other books on improvisation, Musicmatters does not set specific stylistic boundaries (Jazz, Classical, Baroque and so on), but instead develops a free-thinking approach through such things as the training of the independence of the hands, aural development, special awareness and rhythmic precision. Beautifully produced, with practical, easy-to-read 4 x 4 game sheets, the musical games (from storytelling with sound to basic transposition) can be adapted to accommodate up to 8 players. This is a unique and inspirational collection of material that can be used again and again to provide additional focus to the more formal lessons. International-Piano

Isabella Khan (Guitar Teacher)
"Yesterday I was at the music store Doblinger and I immediatly bought musicmatters, maybe for me as well as for my son; but also because I really felt musically inspired. It stimulates my ideas, which I will be able to use in my guitar classes as well. Moreover, the design is great."

Gabriele Zimmermann (Music School Zimmermann, Germany)
I attended your workshop at the bdpm Congress (Association of German Private Music Schools) at Berlin this spring. Back home I started to work with m usicmatters . My pupils and I have a lot of fun with it. The sound of the games is at a high level, that's amazing! We already passed several lessons working intensely on one single game, without being bored at all neither my pupils nor me. Speaking from my own experience I can say, the concept delights pupils as well as teachers.

Mag. art. Agnes Heginger (Anton Bruckner Private University Linz / Jazz,Temporary Lecturer at the University of Arts, Berlin and University of Arts, Bern)
In my opinion it is a very good idea to teach singers audio-training and music theory combined with piano playing from the very beginning. The danger of thinking, feeling and hearing in an extensively linear way is banned by using musicmatters. musicmatters is a wonderful opportunity for creative and playful learning. Even if people state desperately "I can't do that, I've been bad in audio-training all my life!", or "I am known for not having any rhythm!" etc., musicmatters can help. It offers improvement through multi-tasking. Learning by doing and visual imagination which are both offered in musicmatters help to correct the self (the voice) and the given tonal material. Many of the games shown in musicmatters can be wonderfully put to use in vocal education. For example in "around the square" or "forbidden 4" the voice becomes a rhythmical instrument. "efant" gives amazing ideas for vocal ensemble( 4 singers starting in a sept chord), etc. The very true life of the games in musicmatters is developed by usage. This rich collection of excellent, well conceived and charming instructions for improvisation is a useful combination of well-structured explanations and freedom in unfolding individual creativity.

Mag. art. Jaume Pla-Bacin (Piano Teacher at the Music School, Upper Austria)
In musicmatters the two authors Elia Kronberger und Verena Lohbauer created something very new: an extraordinary approach to the very controversial theme of piano-improvisation. This piano school will inspire both the pupil and the teacher. The originality of this unusual concept is emphasized by the structure and format and by Barbara Ployer's wonderful layout. This new method calls the classical way of dealing with teaching material into question. The teacher has to deal with the rich musical material given in musicmatters , and the pupil will clearly benefit from this. The pupil will have a book on the music-stand, that will give much more respect than the thousand sheets of papers flying around, and it is much more practicable. musicmatters is also appropriate for teaching adults.
Because it's not possible to comment all m usicmatters games here, I would like to pick out accidentally two of this large amount of ideas: "efant " and the "forbidden 4". In "efant" the idea of improvising with a given picture makes the rather boring learning matter (learning intervals) a funny game. According to this idea music theory is taught in the form of a game and combined to a content. "And, if using a picture like the elephant, what about drawing it by oneself?" This chapter can easily be extended with personal creations – and within this the learning of the intervals.
In my opinion the game "forbidden 4" shows the first use of the metronome which makes sense in teaching beginners. By shifting the accentuation from the 1st to the 4th beat the problem of "waiting for the 1 and not getting it" is eliminated. The metronome beat on the 4 should only hint the pulse. It's easy and fun – what a great idea!
Finally let me say, that the various possibilities of combinations of the game cards make it a profitable investment for teachers and pupils. Eagerly we await the new ideas by the two authors of musicmatters.