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.