CCM November 2018 Student(s) of the Month - Ella and Nathan Montalbo

Congratulations to the California Conservatory of Music’s November 2018 student(s) of the month, Ella and Nathan Montalbo. They both sounded fantastic at the CCM student recitals on the weekend of 11/10 and 11/11 at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts. Ella takes violin lessons with Teacher Wenfei, and Nathan takes piano lessons with Teacher Lawrence at CCM’s Santa Clara location. Keep up the excellent work, and we look forward to hearing both of you at the next recital!

 Ella standing next to Georges Braque’s painting titled “Violin and Palette”

Ella standing next to Georges Braque’s painting titled “Violin and Palette”

Ella Montalbo - Violin

Q: What is your name?
A: Ella Montalbo (Isabella Louise Montalbo).
Q: How old are you?
A: 12 years old.
Q: Who is your teacher?
A: Ms. Judy.
Q: What advice would you give to a violin student just starting out?
A: Have fun, enjoy the music, and practice as much as you can.
Q: What piece are you looking forward to playing someday?
A: Studio Ghibi songs, mostly the Totoro theme song and "Always With Me" from Spirited Away.
Q: What is your favorite thing about playing the violin?
A: Playing the vibrato and i also love how soothing it sounds.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Mac n' Cheese (yum!)
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: No, but I wish I did.
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be a neurologist and a part-time violin teacher.

 Nathan standing next to Georges Braque’s painting titled “Piano and Mandola”

Nathan standing next to Georges Braque’s painting titled “Piano and Mandola”

Nathan Montalbo - Piano

Q: What is your name?
A: Nathan (Nathaniel Joseph P. Montalbo)
Q: Who is your teacher?
A: Teacher Lawrence.
Q: What advice would you give to a piano student just starting out?
A: "Try to multitask on both hands."
Q: What piece are you looking forward to playing someday?
A: Flight of the Bumblebee.
Q: What is your favorite thing about playing the piano?
A: Moving my fingers.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Burgers and fries.
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: No.
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A software engineer.

Parent Spotlight: Maria Azita “Chi” Prijoles

Q: Regarding the violin and piano, what are you most proud of your children accomplishing? 
A: I am proud of the efforts they put in learning music. They have been learning their pieces independently since they’re 6 years old. Music is very valuable to both of them.
Q: What advice would you give a new parent starting in the program? 
A: Make sure that the kids have an interest in learning the music and build a positive experience from there. I have seen too many parents push kids just so that they’ll learn to play an instrument. Music has to be first and foremost fun, especially for a young child. 
Q: Why did you decide to give your children a musical upbringing?
A: I play the piano myself and I am glad that both of my kids expressed an interest in learning the piano and violin. The ability to play music is a gift that lasts a lifetime. The benefits that it brings truly makes it a gift that will keep on giving. 




CCM Fall 2018 Recitals

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the CCM Fall 2018 recital last weekend. We are so proud of how hard all of our students worked and how much confidence they showed by getting up on stage to perform in front of a huge audience. We had a record amount of students perform in 13 recitals over the span of two days. Special thanks to all the staff at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts for helping us keep the recitals running smooth. The venue was absolutely perfect and we couldn't be happier. We had students from both our Santa Clara location and Redwood City location perform on a variety of instruments including piano, violin, guitar, cello, and voice. We still have several months before our next set of recitals in March and students are already in their lessons working hard for the next one! Below are some photos from the recital.

Time to show your music skills!

We are really excited for our upcoming student recitals this coming weekend at The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. It should be a fantastic time filled with beautiful music. These events are such a wonderful chance for our hardworking students to show off their hard work, listen to others play, and for families to enjoy their children’s performances. 

Composer of the Month: Franz Schubert

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6 Reasons Why You Should Study Classical Music

Here at the California Conservatory of Music, we’re all about teaching music. At our Bay Area music schools, we hold to the fact that the best teachers are lifelong students themselves, and we keep challenging ourselves to grow as musicians. Our music instructors at the California Conservatory of Music are helping our Santa Clara music students and the students of our music school in Redwood City learn, grow, and practice to become excellent musicians. If you’re a budding musician, it’s super important that you study classical music.

September 2018 Student of the Month

Congratulations to the California Conservatory of Music’s September 2018 student of the month, Jacqueline Lutz. Jacqueline has been working hard preparing for the upcoming CCM student recitals and sounds great. She gives excellent advice below to new students just starting and has a dog named Sargent Slobber!! Don’t miss the parent spotlight below as well. Jacqueline takes guitar lessons with Teacher Alan at CCM’s Redwood City location. Keep up the great work!

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Student of the Month  - Jackie Lutz

Q: What is your name?
A: Jacqueline Lutz

Q: How old are you?
A: 6 years old

Q: Who is your teacher?
A: Alan

Q: What advice would you give to a guitar student just starting out?
A: It may seem hard at first with your fingers and learning to play, but don’t give up and keep practicing.

Q: What piece are you looking forward to playing someday?
A: “Are you sleeping brother John”

Q: What is your favorite thing about playing the guitar?
A: I like the sound the strings make

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: chicken nuggets

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: yes, a bulldog named Sargent Slobber

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: A vetrenairy or a rock star!

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Parent Spotlight - Travis & Veronica Lutz

Q: Regarding the guitar, what are you most proud of your child accomplishing?
A: The focus she demonstrates during home practice. We love that Jackie is retaining what she is learning and eager to continue each week.

Q: What advice would you give a new parent starting in the program?
A: Be involved in the whole process and help with corrections during home practice with positive feedback and encouragement. Listen to music with your child and talk about how their instruments sounds.

Q: Why did you decide to give your child a musical upbringing?
A: Music is a universal language that brings people together.

Composer of the Month: Johann Pachelbel

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August 2018 Student(s) of the Month

Congratulations to CCM's Student(s) of the month, Sean, and Noah Chien! In addition to Noah and Sean studying guitar, their father Hugo is also taking lessons, and all three of them practice every single day. Noah recently completed his 30-day practice challenge, and Sean is on his way to completing the one year challenge! Keep up the fantastic work! Hugo, Sean, and Noah all study with teacher Chris Mann who teaches guitar lessons at CCM's Santa Clara and Redwood City locations.

 Sean and Noah practicing hard at home

Sean and Noah practicing hard at home

Student of the Month - Sean Chien

Q: What is your name?
A: My name is Sean
Q: How old are you?
A: 8 years and 2 months
Q: Who is your teacher?
A: Chris Mann
Q: What advice would you give to a guitar student just starting out?
A: Work on keeping your left hand parallel
Q: What piece are you looking forward to playing someday?
A: “Fernando Sor” in b minor
Q: What is your favorite thing about playing the guitar?
A: Vibrato
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Broccoli
Q: Do you have a pet?
A: Yes, he is Russian Tortoise
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be a Scientist

 

Student of the Month - Noah Chien

Q: What is your name?
A: My name is Noah
Q: How old are you?
A: I am 6 years old
Q: Who is your teacher?
A: Chris Mann
Q: What advice would you give to a guitar student just starting out?
A: Practice everyday
Q: What piece are you looking forward to playing someday?
A: Lightly row
Q: What is your favorite thing about playing the guitar?
A: My teacher and my dad
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Habit burger
Q: Do you have a pet?
A: Yes, he is Russian Tortoise
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I would also like to be a Scientist

Parent Spotlight - Hugo Chien

Q: Regarding the guitar, what are you most proud of your child accomplishing? 
A: I am proud of their daily practice routine and that they never give up
Q: What advice would you give a new parent starting in the program? 
A: First it's important to enjoy the time practicing with them at home. Also make sure to partner up with your teacher to have your kids write down their weekly goal and have them mark their goals everyday (the weekly worksheet and 100 day challenge are great helpers)
Q: Why did you decide to give your child a musical upbringing?
A: To me music is a tool that can teach kids that taking challenges and making progress from daily practice can be applied to other things in their life. It’s also a magicical experience to make your home full of love and joy. My kids and I are all taking private lessons from Chris Mann, we are in the same level (<2 years of lessons). It’s lovely to play a piece together with my kids even as simple as Twinkle Twinkle! When we practice at home, they are my musical partners!

Composer of the Month: Andrew York

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July 2018 Student of the Month - Mia Grace Daigle

Congratulations to the California Conservatory of Music's July 2018 Student of the Month, Mia Grace Daigle! Mia Grace studies with Teacher Wenfei (Judy) at CCM's Santa Clara location. Mia is only six years old and already knows the importance of practice which shows each week when she shows up prepared for her lesson. Don't forget to check out the parent spotlight interview below as well! Keep up the hard work and we look forward to hearing Mia Grace in the fall recitals!

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Student of the Month - Mia Grace Daigle

Q: What is your name?
A: Mia Grace Daigle
Q: How old are you?
A: 6 years old
Q: Who is your teacher?
A: Ms. Judy
Q: What advice would you give to a violin student just starting out?
A: I would tell them to practice.
Q: What piece are you looking forward to playing someday?
A: Someday I want to play May Song.
Q: What is your favorite thing about playing the violin?
A: My favorite thing about playing the violin is being able to play songs and practicing at home.
 

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Indian Food
Q: Do you have a pet?
A: No
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: Teacher, doctor, artist or marine biologist 

Parent Spotlight - Claudia & Mark Daigle

Q: Regarding the violin, what are you most proud of your child accomplishing? 
A: Seeing Mia Grace develop a love for music & appreciation for the commitment it takes to learn to play an instrument.
Q: What advice would you give a new parent starting in the program? 
A: Try to balance having fun with pushing children to take their classes seriously.  It takes time for some children (especially younger kids) to develop the ability to focus during lessons.  Stick with it & enjoy every moment.    
Q: Why did you decide to give your child a musical upbringing?
A: For us, exposing our children to different activities is a way to provide balance & structure to their lives, along with having fun (they are kids at the end of the day).  The kids have grown to love academics, athletics and the arts.  Most importantly, we believe that introducing music to our kids is a lifelong gift.

June 2018 Student of the Month - Aeshaan Singhal

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Congratulations to CCM's June 2018 Student of the Month Aeshaan Singhal. Aeshaan has been studying guitar now for four years at CCM's Santa Clara location with teacher Alexandra. Aeshaan is not only a great student, but he also uses his talents to help others. For the past few years, he has put on fundraiser concerts to raise money for the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. The latest fundraiser was held in May at Santana Row in San Jose. Thanks to Aeshaan's hard work, he has now raised nearly $5,000! Check out Aeshaan's interview and don't miss the parent parent spotlight below.

Student of the Month - Aeshaan Singhal

Q: What is your name?
A: Aeshaan Singhal
Q: How old are you?
A: 9 years old

Q: How long have you been studying guitar?
A: Four Years
Q: Who is your teacher?
A: Ms.Alexandra
Q: What advice would you give to a guitar student just starting out?
A: Start with notes, then phrasing.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Orange Chicken!
Q: What would you like to be when you grow up?
A: Kid’s Dentist
Q: What piece or pieces do you look forward to playing someday?
A: Lesson for Two Lutes
Q: What is your favorite thing about playing guitar?
A: I like the slurs
Q: What is your proudest musical moment?
A: When I completed Twinkle
Q: Please tell us a bit about your recent fundraiser for the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. 
A: It was fun, for a good cause, and all the were mind blowing acts
Q: What do you find fun about your lessons?
A: I find the trying to find the notes without any help.
Q: How much do you practice?
A: 30 minutes a day.

Parent Spotlight: Garima Agarwal

Q: Regarding guitar, what are you most proud of your child accomplishing?
A: The biggest accomplishment is Aeshaan’s regular practice.
Q: What advice would you give a new parent starting in the program? 
A: Try not to take a break.
Q: Why did you decide to give your child a musical upbringing? 
A: I think having music is one’s life helps with psychological development and really grounds a person.
Q: Do you have a favorite Suzuki guitar piece?
A: Yes, Meadow Minuet.
Q: Have you noticed more confidence in your child since beginning guitar?
A: Yes the guitar recitals and the opportunities to play in front of large crowds has helped increase his confidence and we also noticed more pride and joy.
Q: How has music impacted Aeshaan's life?
A: It has given him more focus and helped him learn if he works hard he can achieve anything.

May 2018 Student of the Month - Sirius Khan

Congratulations to CCM's May 2018 Student of the Month, Sirius Khan. Sirius has been a student at CCM since the beginning of 2018 and has already grown leaps and bounds as a musician. He practices hard every day and in April performed on his first recital playing a duo with his teacher, Stephanie. Sirius takes cello lessons at CCM's Santa Clara location. Keep up the hard work, and we can't wait to hear you again at the next recital!

 Sirius preparing for the recital

Sirius preparing for the recital

Student of the Month - Sirius Khan

Q: What is your name?
A: Sirius, like the star. 
Q: How old are you?
A: 5
Q: Who is your teacher?
A: Ms. Stephanie
Q: What advice would you give to a cello student just starting out?
A: To do your best.
Q: What is your favorite thing about playing the cello?
A: Being able to play my favorite songs. Looking forward to play cello wars, Canon in D, Polar Express, and rock music with my cello someday. 

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Pasta
Q: Do you have a pet?
A: No
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: Builder. Policeman. Scientist. Astronaut. Doctor. 

Parent Spotlight - Itrat and Maria Khan

Q: Regarding cello, what are you most proud of your child accomplishing? 
A: Learning so much in such a short period of time. He only started in February. 
Q: What advice would you give a new parent starting in the program? 
A: Practice makes perfect. At least 15minutes a day of practice is so important. 
Q: Why did you decide to give your child a musical upbringing?
A: We believe music is a great medium for expressing your feelings and emotions. It’s also a great brain enhancement tool. 

April 2018 Student of the Month - Owen Botkin

Congratulations to CCM's April 2018 Student of the Month Owin Botkin. Owen takes guitar lessons with Robert Miller at our Santa Clara location. Owen uses his guitar skills to bring joy to other people's lives by frequently performing in the community as you will read below. Keep up the great work Owen!

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Q: What is your name?
A: Owen Botkin
Q: How old are you?
A: 13
Q: In what city do you live?
A: San Jose
Q: How long have you been studying guitar?
A: 7 and a half years
Q: Who is your teacher?
A: Robert Miller
 

Q: What advice would you give to a guitar student just starting out?
A: Practice in a constant loop, because when you get out of practicing it’s a lot harder
Q: What piece or pieces do you look forward to playing someday?
A: The last piece in Book 9
Q: What is your favorite thing about playing guitar?
A: You’re playing a piece that someone else has written but you get to put your own spin on it. You get to express something. Also, it’s fun.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Pasta or waffles. I don’t know which one.
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: Something in the tech industry, like something computer science related
Q: What is your proudest musical moment?
A: The first song I ever played on the guitar
Q: Please tell us a little bit about the current project performing in retirement homes.
A: I go around to retirement homes and for 20 minutes or so I play classical guitar pieces for the residents. Sometimes a few people are there; sometimes there are about up to 30 people in the audience. I play pieces from Book 6 and 7. I introduce myself and each piece that I play. I hope that by playing music for residents that I’ve made someone’s day better.