Congratulations to CCM’s March 2019 Student of Month, Miranda. Last week at CCM’s Spring Recital, Miranda played a Minuet by J.S. Bach, and it sounded fantastic! She just finished the 100-day practice challenge, and her hard work is paying off in many ways as you will read below! Don’t forget to check out the parent spotlight below as well where we asked her father Mark a few questions at having his child enrolled at CCM. Miranda takes violin lessons with Teacher Jasmine at CCM’s Redwood City location.
Student of the Month - Miranda P.
Q: What is your name?
Q: How old are you?
Q: Who is your teacher?
Q: What advice would you give to a violin student just starting out at CCM?
A: It’s really fun. Stick with it and don’t give up! And try the 100 day practice sheet.
Q: What piece are you looking forward to playing someday?
A: The Chaconne by Bach. It’s really hard, and it would make me proud of myself to play it.
Q: What is your favorite thing about playing the violin?
A: Learning new songs and having fun practicing them and getting better.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: This is so hard… maybe Coca Cola mixed with Pepsi mixed with lemonade mixed with Sprite with pizza.
Q: Do you have a pet?
A: No, but I will soon.
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: Either a musician or a software engineer.
Parent Spotlight - Mark P.
Q: Regarding the violin, what are you most proud of your child accomplishing?
A: Miranda recently finished 100 consecutive days of practicing. This took a lot of commitment from her, bringing her instrument on vacation and practicing some nights when she was tired and would have rather chilled out. I’m really proud she stuck with it, and is now trying for a full year!
Q: What advice would you give a new parent starting in the program?
A: Learning a musical instrument is difficult, and it can take a while for practice to pay off with skill. So keeping your young musician motivated is key (until they get to that wonderful point where it’s so rewarding that you couldn’t stop them if you tried!). I try to coach Miranda to have a growth mindset --- to understand that skill inevitably comes from practice, and that all the musicians who amaze her were once beginners practicing the same skills she is. Whenever she finds something related to music that excites her, I encourage it (e.g. tickets to performances of musicians that inspire her, or writing out the music for a song she likes so she can try playing it). And to incentivize practice, I told her if she wins a 100 day trophy from CCM I’ll get her the pet she’s been wanting for so long. Time for Dad to pay up!
Q: Why did you decide to give your child a musical upbringing?
A: I’ve loved playing music since I was young. Music brings me so much joy, I wanted to share that with my kids. Plus, I think that learning how to practice, and learning that practice leads to achievement, are life lessons that will benefit her in anything she wants to accomplish.