Average 4.16 based on 108 teacher ratings
Gennady Gefter is a Music teacher at Earl Haig Secondary School located in North York, Ontario. When comparing Gennady Gefter's ratings to other teachers in the province of Ontario, Gennady Gefter's ratings are below the average of 4.17 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Earl Haig Secondary School is 3.99 stars.
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I'm lucky parent of two my kids who came across this gentlemen teacher mentor and most noticeable - musician. All my appreciation to you Sir.

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Teacher of music and life.

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He marks students completely based on his preference and how strong they are in music, no matter how hard you try, if he doesn't like you or u dont have a strong background in music, you are screwed.

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Mr Gefter Is really good at teaching but when it comes to marking he is really unfair plus really strict.

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He is a good teacher but a horrible person, he killed my passion for music by being the most stressful class the whole year, I thank God I will never have to interact with him again.

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This is a teacher for kids with with the passion for learning. Those who fail, should instill better work habits

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Mr. Gefter IS the heart and soul of the Claude Watson Music Program and it
would be NOTHING without him and i stress that.

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Mr.Gefter is by far, the best teacher i have ever had. He has impacted my life so tremendously in every single aspect. My music skills improved by unthinkable levels as well as the way i view music in total. He is an incredibly passionate teacher and loves every single one of his students as well as believes in the potential of all of them. He gives up way more of his own time than he should for the sake of his students and teaches us not only important music lessons, but life lessons as well.

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He should not be a teacher as he cannot control his temper and he makes you feel bad about yourself

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mr. gefter is really nice if he likes you. so don't be late/text in class/all that kind of annoying stuff and u'll be gold. p.s. i only had him for elective music but i heard from my claude friends that he's the only teacher who knows how to conduct a band properly~

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Hands down best teacher at haig. I dont know why hes not head of music, as he is the only one who knows how to conduct properly and actually improve his students' music abilities.

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He's the worst teacher ever. He's mean, and marks his students based on how much he likes them. He's not fair at all. But he might be good for students who are serious in music.

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Thank you Mr. Gefter for being strict when we slacked off, for encouraging us when we lost our confidence, and for watching over us patiently and caringly while we climbed that mountain. We are not even close to reaching the peak, but we are more experienced now, we are smarter in our methods, and most importantly, we no longer think of giving up. Thank you Mr. Gefter for sending us weekly videos to inspire us, for coming up with crazy antics to make our time onstage enjoyable.

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You are an amazing teacher, and a true inspiration to
me and to many others. You have inspired me to pursue music education as a career,
spreading the love for music to others the same way you have for myself.
When people ask me why I want to be a teacher; and many people have, there are many reasons I can give.
However, I know deep in my heart that my answer is and will always be,
"I want to be like Mr. Gefter."

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You are a great conductor and you are the
reason why we could achieve so many awards and be recognized as the best. By entering
Claude Watson program, my life has started to be filled with music which I could never
think of.

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Strict teacher amazing musician musical freind and conductor Leave to music and he will love you

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Mr.Gefter is a wonderful musician. His instructions can be difficult to understand because of his accent.

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Very reasonable teacher if you care about music.

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Great teacher Amazing musician Excellent musical inspiration Superb passion
TERRIBLE REAL LIFE PERSON

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He can be dificult, but always fare and passionate about his subject. Doing well in his class will help to suxceed in academics.

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he loves music and i really adore that. however, he needs to be more clear on some occasions. his music choices are great

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HE IS BACK :) CW SAVED AND WE ALL FLYING WITH HIS BEE. GREAT TEACHER TO LEARN FROM, DIFFICULT IF YOU EXPECT TO DO NOTHING, OK IF DON"T CARE ABOUT YOUR GRADE. START TO PRACTICE - HE IS REALLY TUFF AND STRICT. I THINK HE LOVES A LOT HIS MUSIC

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Mr Gefter is a real musician. He is not easy, but he makes you care about music. He pushes you and makes you wanna do more. If you listen and follow, you will improve.

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Great teacher, amazing musician, real person.

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He is real musician who can teach you. Just follow his directions - it's working

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COME BACK MR. GEFTER ! ): ): ):

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he's a helpful teacher.

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Are you going to be back for exams and graduation? Good teachers are out here, great teachers are rare... You are one of them.

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We need you back Mr.Gefter.

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mr Gefter, I hope you can come back soon. Symphonic band needs you.

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You are missed GG.

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We miss you GG. COME BACK

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mr. gefter was an amazing teacher. although he was a hard marker, i got so much out of his class. do the work and you will do well. speak up in his class and express your ideas. great mentor, musician

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we are missing you Mr.G

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NY trip was great thanks to his carring love and passion. Thank you Mr.Gefter

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Very good teacher. If you are serious about music, and strive to improve, then Mr. Gefter will help guide you on your way to success. If you are lazy and tardy, then he will have no tolerance. In my opinion, this is the only PROPER way to teach discipline. I have learned many life lessons from this very great teacher, and i guarantee you, you will look back at your highschool times and thank God for giving you such a wonderful opportunity to work with such a serious musician.

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test and again test and again test - now I know how to improve "practice regularly"

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Hell of a teacher, screwed up accent, unlogical when arguing and most of all, assign mark based on favor to student.

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He just loves what he is doing and our 2 January concerts where a HUGE FUN. Let him teach you and you will enjoy music as much as he does.

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just show that you can play your instrument well, and he'll love you. The problem is, not everyone can play their instrument well.

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Gtreat mentor and teacher. In spite of all dificulties to meet his expectations, you will become better musician and become a music lover.

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Will teach if you want, will give hard time if don't practice, will love you if play really well, will give you hard time if you are lazy.

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Mr. Gefter is a truly AMAZING teacher who can be strict at the beginning when he doesn't know you. This shouldn't throw you off because if you listen to him, he will enjoy having you in his class! Go Mr. Gefter!

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Passionate!

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He's a very renowned musician/conductor/instructor did you know that? Earl Haig is really fortunate to have him in the music faculty. He can be moody and mean at times, but if he starts to like you, he tries to do all he can do to help you. He tries to bring out the musicianship in you. Trust me, his stuff dont seem like much now, but youll realize later how important they are and how they'll help you lots in the future (not just in music, but in other studies and sometimes life in general as well)

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Really great teacher, mentor, musician.Just keep trying and you will see yourself in pure joy.

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He is a fantastic musician. Prima Donna. Can't teach at all, does not even try. He is driving students out of music. School has brilliant music program, just sucks to put up with his bs.

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I am in his careers class, and at first day, the moment he entered the class, the room went completely silent. Like, I was really scared due to what my friends have been telling me... but I know that he really LOVES music, and he actually tries to prepare us for the future... he is a reasonable, passionate person.

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Yeaterday concert was a blast. He is so-o passionate to music!

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loves what he is doing and trying to involve you in his world.Enjoy!

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Yes you can become a musician with his tutoring and also gain lot's of confidence.

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He is a very hard teacher, but because of that, many people excel to totally new heights they never knew they could reach.

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His ability to bring us together as a group led to great performance on saturday.

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Fantastic musician, will teach you if you want, will give you hard time, if you refuse to work. Do not sign for his class unless you like music and ready to practice.

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He's a good musician. It's just that he has obvious favourites, giving them unfair marks because he is so biased. He likes those who are already well developed in music, and dislikes those who don't work hard. Although he can be very emotional and temperamental sometimes, he makes you care about what you are doing and want to do better.

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He is a really good musician but hes so damn scary.LOL

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Great musician with strong personality. Not easy, but teaches you amazing skills.

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he may not be the best teacher for highschool students, but he's an extremely talented musicians and gets the job done!!

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He once went to mini-claude! He's a nice teacher, he taught the mini-claude students to play Yellow Mountains by Jacob deHann!

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all teachers favour students that are hardworking and SMART! so don't complain if ur not one of them

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He is a reasonable man. First time I was in his class, I couldn't understand his thick accent. If you practice during class you will do okay

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Mr. Gefter is an awesome teacher and mentor! I remember not liking him at all when I first had him as a music teacher, but the only reason he pushes you so hard is because he wants you to be good and he cares! It's hard to come across someone so passionate about music. You'll learn lots from him once you make it past the first year hurdle!

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he's a great teacher and musician. can be tough on the students but that's only because he's a perfectionist and wants the best for them. as for the people who take music for no reason and end up with him, that's you're problem. stop giving him attitude

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I think his a good musician. He brings his band to victory every time there is some kind of competition... He does get mad if you don't do your things but he is kind and funny if you do what you are asked to do.

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he's very scary. you never want to be late for his class or he'll lock you out and make you write late notes >____<. he fixed the keypad for my instrument though ^____^.

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He's got some mood swings....sometimes, he just blows for no reason...and he disses u a lot if he doesn't like u.....Oh, and i hate the fact that he has favourites, especially piano majors =__=;;; He's only nice to ppl that he think has potential....not a very good thing

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he's such a genius in music pretty nice if your good i personlly like him

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he makes me laugh. gets a good sound out of the band.

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He's as scary as hell. You won't enjoy his classes unless he likes you. If he likes you, then his classes are okay but if he hates you.. my god he doesn't hide it!

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hes really strict, and u need to be good, otherwise, he doenst even look at u in the class=(

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never thought i'd say this but, he's a good teacher with a high expectation that pushes and "motivates" you to work harder. It's just his way of tryin to push you and he's personal

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he's okay. he only yells at us because he really wants us to play well... that's what he told me... he goes red when he gets mad.

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I think he's ok. Were just 2 sensitive. Mr. Gefter is a bit rough but he doesnt mean it. As long as he has good intentions, and he tries to help, i'm fine.

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he is nice this year - just wondering why?

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y is mr.gefter being so nice this year.... i'm really getting scared....

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very strict, gives low marks, but can be nice during SOME times

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man.... for Mr.gefter. i agree with ppl. he teaches well. but very strict and no respect to other ppl. expecting we do well. &#12641;.&#12641;;

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He's very knowledgeable in music, but he IS very strict. If he ever changed his temper for the better, his classes will be more enjoyable.

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it was tough at the beginning of the year. He can be quite strict, but now i see why. His bands are reallllllly good!

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i love mr. gefter... he's so nice and he really does care... just don't let him see your weakness.

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Mr. Gefter is the best music teacher i have ever had. Despite his strict ways, he is helpful and highly informative. Thank Mr.Gefter for an amazing year.

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he is a good conductor but not a very good teacher

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hes a good teacher if u can get on his good side. if u get in his good books and listen to him u will learn alot.

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my least favourite teacher. So arrogant, and presumptious. Doesn't understand that there is a world outside of his subject.

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Hes okay. . .It kinda seems like he favours students a lot. But if you stay quiet and do your work, you'll be done with him in no time

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