I graduated from Sterling in 2000 and Mr Mackes is one of the few teachers I still think about and appreciate on a regular basis, 17 years later. He asked a lot of us, he demanded our very best, which is also why he brought out the very best in every student that was up to the challenge. I am grateful for the music selections we were 'forced' to learn and perform as they are pieces that have stayed with me to this day that if not for him, I would have never been exposed. Great teacher.
I had Mr. Mackes many years ago. He had a wealth of knowledge and pushed each of us in class to be our best. He was one of my biggest supporters, and I still appreciate all I learned from him. As the daughter of musical parents, it was hard not to try my best in his class. I learned a lot. Thanks Mr. Mackes!
One of the ORIGINAL Silver Tones!
Mr Mackes is an amazing teacher with a wealth of experience. At times he may seem a bit stubborn, or insistent on doing something that doesn't make sense, but he always knows what he's doing. As far as solos go, he tries to assign them liberally, and each one serves a purpose of bettering that student, but if he can't think of anyone who would be suitable, he'll pick a student he knows will excel. (id est, his "favorites") All in all, Mr. Mackes is the greatest teacher I've ever had.
He provides his students with a wealth of experiences, some are just not able to appreciate them.
He has his moments. I guess I just like him 'cause he picked some good songs. Other than that, he was mean to me after my surgery and I wasn't singing because of a soar throat.
Mr Mackes is a manipulator. if you have him, whatch out he'll try to control you for the rest of the time you at Sterling.
Mr. Mackes is just Mr. Mackes. If you never had him, be thankful. If you do have him, I feel your pain.