February 2017 Students of the Month

This month CCG recognizes siblings, Jayen, Nikhil, and Annika Agrawal as the February 2017 students of the month. They currently study with Chris Mann at our Redwood City location. Each of them started while still in pre-school and we are proud of their hard work and commitment to CCG over the years. At the end of the post, you can also check a short interview with their mother, Reena, on what it's like to have three children in our program and how she balances their practice time. 

Jayen Agrawal

Jayen Agrawal

Jay:
Q: How old are you?
A: 10 years old
Q: How long have you been taking guitar lessons?
A: 4.5 years
Q: Who is your teacher?
A: Chris Mann
Q: What is your current piece?
A: Etude by F Sor
Q: What is your favorite piece or skill that you have learned in lessons?  
A: I like to do pull offs, hammer ons and grace notes.
Q: What are your hobbies outside of music?
A: I like swimming, skiing, sailing and cooking
Q: What was the most difficult challenge you’ve had in lessons so far?
A: I have been working on keeping my pinky (my "x") in when playing
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Waffles, pancakes and eggs

Nikhil Agrawal

Nikhil Agrawal

Nik:
Q: How old are you?
A: 8 years old
Q: How long have you been taking guitar lessons?
A: 4.5 years
Q: Who is your teacher?
A: Chris Mann
Q: What is your current piece?
A: Etude by N Coste
Q: What is your favorite piece or skill that you have learned in lessons?  
A: My favorite piece to play is Calliope
Q: What are your hobbies outside of music?
A: My hobbies are art, building, chess, skiing and riding my bike
Q: What was the most difficult challenge you’ve had in lessons so far?
A: My most difficult challenge is crossing the fretboard while alternating left-hand fingers
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Pasta and sushi

Annika Agrawal

Annika Agrawal

Annika:
Q: How old are you?
A: 6 years old
Q: How long have you been taking guitar lessons?
A: 3 years
Q: Who is your teacher?
A: Chris Mann
Q: What is your current piece?
A: Andante from Sonata 17 by N. Paganini
Q: What is your favorite piece or skill that you have learned in lessons?  
A: My favorite song to play is A Toye.
Q: What are your hobbies outside of music?  
A: I like to play soccer, golf, swimming and skiing.
Q: What was the most difficult challenge you’ve had in lessons so far?
A: I have been working on doing thumb circles at the same time as plucking.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Pasta!

Thank you to their mother Reena for the wonderful insight below!

Q: What is it like to have three kids in the program?
A: The good thing is the kids motivate each other and keep each other going.  It's easier on me because I only have to learn new material once, and it applies equally to the next two children.  It's also very efficient because CCG has been able to schedule their lesson consecutively which means only one trip a week.  And lastly it's been very surprising--they are such different children who have all picked the guitar and who all love it! 

Q: How do you balance their practice/home lesson time?
A: Practice in the mornings before school!  Between work and school, the kids and I all are tired at the end of the day.  Practicing in the morning is highly productive because the kids (and I, after a cup of coffee) are alert and focused.  We can accomplish our objectives in half the time compared to after school practices.  We save the longer practices for the weekends.