August 2017 Student of the Month

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CCM's student of the month for August is Safiya Tran. Safiya is a student of Kevin Ayers at our Santa Clara location. She is currently in book three of the Suzuki guitar method, and in addition to her private lessons, Safiya is a member of one of CCM's guitar ensembles. Don't miss the Parent Spotlight below where we asked her father Hoang a few questions as well. Keep up the great work Safiya!

Student of the Month: Safiya Tran

Q:What is your name?
A: Safiya Tran


Q: How old are you?
A: 10 years old

Q: How long have you been studying guitar?
A: Since I was five

Q: Who is your teacher?
A: I started with teacher Mason and now my teacher is Kevin. 

Q: What advice would you give to a guitar student just starting out?
A: The main thing is to have fun. Also listen to your teacher, practice and try your best. 

Q: What piece are you looking forward to playing?
A: Waltz Allegro in Suzuki book 5 because it sounds nice. 

Q: What is your favorite thing about playing guitar?
A: It's fun and you get to create your own way of playing music. 

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Chocolate. But I like most things except for cauliflower, blue cheese and some types of fish.  

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I am not sure but I want to be able to work with people or animals. 

Q: What is your proudest guitar moment?
A: Everytime I finish a new piece. 

Parent Spotlight: Hoang Tran

Q: Regarding guitar, what are you most proud of your child accomplishing? 
A: I am most proud of Safiya developing an appreciation and enjoyment for guitar/music. She thoroughly enjoys many aspects of music and playing an instrument has allowed her to have a different perspective compared to singing, dancing etc.

Q: What advice would you give a new parent to Suzuki guitar? 
A: Make sure you and your child both enjoy the process. Be patient, pace yourself, learn and have fun. For me, it was an opportunity to spend time and accomplish something with my daughter. Over time we have developed a nice balance between learning and enjoying. 

Q: Why did you decide to give your child a musical background?
A: I am just happy and blessed to be able to give my daughter the opportunity to gain a musical background, something missing from my youth.  I feel it is a learning experience that she can build upon and enjoy for the rest of her life.  

Q: What is your favorite Suzuki piece?
A: The repertoire of pieces are all new and exciting for us, so my favorite piece is the one we currently work on.