Isabella is the star piano student for September!
I have had the honour of teaching Isabella since she began piano nearly 5 years ago. In that time I have seen the most remarkable young musician develop. She plays the piano with grace, maturity, and careful attention to musical line and phrasing. It is wonderful that Isabella stays motivated without any external pressures like exams or competitions. When she recently broke her right arm, she came to the next lesson having learnt the complete Nocturne for the Left Hand all on her own. I am so impressed with her genuine love for music!
How old are you? 11
How old will you be in 20 years? 31
What will you be doing when you are 31? I don’t know, actually.
Are you going to have pets when you are 31? Yes.
What type of pets? Cats
How many? 5 cats and 1 dog, a big one.
Which year are you in now? Year 6
What is your favourite thing abour playing the piano? The pieces and learning new music. I like many different types of music.
Which activities do you do besides piano? Double bass, soccer, and maybe robotics next year.
Do you ever want to play and sing at the same time? NOOOOOOO.
Many kids your age end up quitting the piano. You haven’t—what advice do you have for younger students? I think they should keep going because it’s really fun and it’s a great skill to have.
Have you had any friends who have played an instrument and recently quit? Yes, one of them was because it takes up a lot of time, and another one just got bored with her instrument.
You have made so much progress without doing exams. How have you been able to become so good without exams? I practice and I work on my technique, which helps.
What advice do you have for a little person who doesn’t feel like practicing but they want to be good at piano one day? Hmmm. I think you have to be in the right mindset to practice otherwise you don’t really do anything so I think they should come back to it. They should do something they want to do and then try to practice at least a little bit.
Wise words from somebody so young in years. Congratulations, Isabella!