November 2017 Student of the Month - Aanya Hariharan

 Aanya performing at the CCM Santa Clara recital October 29th

Aanya performing at the CCM Santa Clara recital October 29th

 Aanya post performance bow

Aanya post performance bow

Student Spotlight: Aanya Hariharan

We would like to congratulate our November 2017 student of the month Aanya Hariharan. Aanya takes piano lessons with teacher Briana at CCM's Santa Clara location. We are excited to see Aanya's rapid progress and she recently performed in her first CCM recital on Sunday, October 29th. Don't forget to check out her mother, Bhargavi's parent spotlight below!

How old are you?
I am 9 years old.

Who is your teacher?
My piano teacher is Miss Briana.

What advice would you give to a pianist just starting out?
My advice I would give to a pianist just starting out is enjoy the piece you play and know that is always okay to make mistakes.

What pieces are you currently working on?
The pieces I am currently working on are Half-time show and The Juggler.

What is your favorite piece to play on the piano?
My favorite piece to play on the piano is Happy Birthday to you!

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is pizza.

What other activities do you enjoy doing?
Other activities I enjoy doing are ice skating, tennis, music, and dance.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I would like to be a famous designer who designs famous people's clothes.

Parent spotlight: Bhargavi

Why did you decide to give your child a musical upbringing?
Music has always been a part of our family and I have loved music since childhood and I wanted to share that with my kids. I wanted them to learn something that they can own it and use it to engage themselves during their free time. Music is also known to calm our nerves and with all the stress that they may undergo in their life, I wanted them to be able to play something for themselves and enjoy it when needed. 

What advice do you have for parents just starting out at CCM?
Initially, when they are young they may not enjoy especially with the daily practice routine but keep up with the program and encourage your child. Have something nice to say to them when they practice at home. Eventually you will see your child's musical journey blossom and they will start enjoying it.

What's it like for you to have two kids in the program? 

I have both my kids aged 9 and 15 in this program. My son has been with CCM for over 8 years now (since 2nd grade) and I have seen his passion for music blossomed through the Suzuki program and he really enjoys playing guitar. 

I love the Suzuki program as I feel connected and involved with my child's musical journey and I am able to help them when they practice at home which is an added advantage. The one-on-one lessons, the weekend group classes, the group concerts and the parental involvement have helped them to play better, be self motivated and enjoy music, and be more confident of themselves. The discipline and the daily practice routine has also transferred to other areas of their life. Both my kid's teachers Chris (Guitar) and Briana (Piano) have been fantastic in developing a well-rounded musician and my heartfelt thanks to them and I would highly recommend to other new parents who are in search of a good music school and teacher.