I am so happy to have been nominated student of the month. Many thanks to family and friends, including, Mr. Stephen for encouraging me to push my limits; my dad for making sure I practiced and covered all my lessons; my mom for listening to me even when I played the most simple songs and still truly enjoyed them; and, my little sister, Kami, for loving my music and lifting my spirits by dancing. I look forward to many more years of guitar.
—Yang-Fan C., Guitar Student
Yang-Fan has been my student for 3 years. I love how hard he works and that he doesn't give up when something is tough. In the last year he has revved up his practice to almost an hour a day, sometimes more. At home, he does so many repetitions of his pieces and hard spots that each week, he turns "hard spots" into "no big deal". The results speak for themselves. Keep up the hard work, Yang-Fan!
—Mr. Stephen, Guitar Teacher
I love Orpheus because it allows me to study piano, voice, and violin, and all my teachers are very nice. They always encourage me to practice more, compose my own songs, and to perform. I am really happy to be student of the month.
—Anna S., Piano, Violin, and Voice Student
I nominate Anna Schneider as Orpheus Student of the Month. She is passionate about music and storytelling. She is creative and loves to compose, as well as sing and play the piano! Congratulations to Anna for singing and playing the piano all the way to Student of the Month!!!
—Ms. Skye, Piano & Voice Teacher
My name is Mila. I love playing piano. Studying with Mrs. Georgia is a lot of fun, and I’m grateful for her being my teacher. I’m very delighted to be able to express myself through music. Thank you so much, Mrs. Georgia!
—Mila V., Piano Student
Mila is in her second year of piano, and her progress has been tremendous. She is dedicated to her practice during her lessons and at home. Her attitude is always cheerful, and her approach to piano is full of energy. Even if a task is challenging to her, she never fails to put in the work to obtain the ability to meet the challenge. I enjoy her lessons very much, and I look forward to being a part of all that she is going to do!!
—Ms. Georgia, Piano Teacher
I am very grateful for Ms. Joyce for being such an amazing piano teacher and teaching me for almost 5 years. Those 5 years have been so fun and exciting. I enjoy playing the piano for, and with my friends and family. I also spend time playing the viola and I’m part of the Gorzycki orchestra. Music is a big part of my life and takes time and work, but it’s all worth it eventually. I can’t wait for what’s to come next.
—Xingyi Z., Piano Student
Xingyi is a shy and busy middle school student. She's taken piano lessons with me for several years. Despite her heavy school work and activities, she still manages to practice piano regularly. Playing piano is a way for her to relax, release stress, and bond with friends and family. Music is an important part of her life. I'm lucky to have Xingyi in my studio and excited to see the wonderful musician and person she has become.
—Ms. Joyce, Piano Teacher
With the prospect of a new teacher, a new grade, or even a new school, the end of summer is at once exciting and daunting. Which is why we're excited to honor our students of the month, who meet the challenges of back-to-school with enthusiasm and passion. Congratulations Katherine and Micah we hope that you're school year is full of music, and learning!
Orpheus students are always engaged in some form of group music making. Whether it's in a Musicianship Class, a special ensemble class, or in preparation for one of our Friendship Concerts, making music with your friends is rewarding and fun. As you can imagine, we spend a lot of time thinking about the best ways to pair up different instruments to not only make beautiful music, but new challenges for our students. That's why this month we're honoring two of our string students. The guitar and violin might not be one of the first pairings you think of, but this match up is both unique and beautiful! Congratulations Rania, and Natalia, we can't wait to hear more of your awesome music!
While we love summer at Orpheus because of new musical adventures in summer camps, and performance trips like our concert at Carnegie Hall, many music teachers know that a lack of structure from school and long vacations can make consistent practice a challenge. That's why we're extra excited to honor those students who not only love music, but keep up the hard work during the long hot days of June. Way to go Eli, and Clara, keep up the good work!