Student of the Month - Shanaya Gupta

CCM Student Shanaya at her Santa Clara Music Lessons studying guitar

Congratulations to CCM’s December 2018 Student of the Month Shanaya Gupta. Shanaya has been taking guitar lessons at CCM for two years and hasn’t looked back since. She is a dedicated student who practices, and as you will read below, she is well aware of how important daily practice is. We are so proud of her hard work and look forward to watching her grow as a musician. Don’t miss the parent spotlight below as well where her parents Manu and Paritosh give some excellent advice for new CCM families. Shanaya takes guitar lessons at CCM’s Santa Clara location with teacher Alexandra.

Student of the Month - Shanaya Gupta

Q: What is your name?
A: Shanaya
Q: How old are you?
A: I am 5 years old.
Q: How long have you been studying guitar?
A: Since I was 3 years old.
Q: Who is your teacher?
A: Teacher Alexandra. She is my favorite teacher in the world.
Q: What advice would you give to a guitar student just starting out?
A: They should practice Guitar everyday.
Q: What piece are you looking forward to playing someday?
A: There are many pieces. Meadow Minuet from book 1 and This Land Is Your Land by Sam Hunt.
Q: What is your favorite thing about playing the guitar?
A: Playing harder and harder songs and practicing with my dad everyday.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Ice cream and Pizza from Cicero’s
Q: Do you have a pet?
A: I really really wish for a dog. For now, I have a pretend dog.
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be an engineer who also teaches.

Parent Spotlight - Manu and Paritosh Gupta

Q: Regarding the guitar, what are you most proud of your child accomplishing?

Paritosh - I think I am most proud of the sense of joy that I see on Shanaya’s face when she is playing a piece at home. She has truly started enjoying the whole experience of learning guitar and listening to music.

Manu - I am very proud of Shanaya for her dedication to practice Guitar daily. It took us time to get to this stage but now she is very interested in learning Guitar.

Q: What advice would you give a new parent starting in the program?

- It takes time for kids to be motivated to practice regularly. It might seem tough in the beginning for parents but they must persevere because once the routine sets in, practicing becomes easier and more rewarding.

Manu - Initially it takes weeks to learn a new piece but as kids practice more, learning becomes more natural. There will definitely be ups and downs but you should be patient with your child. It takes time to develop love for learning Guitar. You should trust your kid’s teacher at CCM. CCM teachers are very talented and they are dedicated to helping your child inculcate love for music and Guitar.

Q: Why did you decide to give your child a musical upbringing?

Paritosh - After Shanaya turned 3, we were exposing her to various different activities and once we started with Guitar, it became part of our family - listening to pieces together, practising with Shanaya and coming to her weekly class. As Shanaya spent more time learning Guitar, we saw her focus and patience improve. She really loves music now and it calms her down and makes her happy.

Manu - Growing up I always wanted to play some musical instrument but I never got an opportunity. So it was very important for me to introduce Shanaya to music. Learning Guitar at CCM has been an amazing experience for us. We have started to understand and appreciate music as a family. Learning and practicing Guitar has become part of our daily routine. It has boosted Shanaya’s self-esteem and helped her become more confident.