Ever since I was 6 years old my favorite type of piano genre was probably classical music, classical somehow makes me intrigued to try harder to complete the piece. Not only has Orpheus introduced me to more amazing genres of music, but its pushing me to be the best that I can be.
Natalie is a very hard worker and has been practicing so much during these last few months. She loves to take on a challenge and figure out how to accomplish her goals. Every song I assign, she learns in record time - she is always ready with a song to perform! Keep up the great work, Natalie!
I have played piano for 2 years and I now know that it is so fun and joyful. My teacher is Ms. Valeria. I like her so much because she is so patient and nice. My favorite thing about her is not just music but that I can talk to her about everything! Some times learning music is frustrating and it makes me cry but after playing it for many days I feel so good. Music is like a power that brings me joy.
Lyla is a very musical and joyful 7 year old student In the last months, she has overcome her fear of making mistakes and now she is able to learn from them. She is willing to always listen to constructive comments and is eager to keep learning new songs! I am proud of all her progress, I enjoy teaching her very much as well as listening to her exciting stories she has to share! Congratulations Lyla! Thanks to her parents for being very supportive of her musical journey!
My name is Eliana. You can call me Ellie. I am nine years old and I sing. I love music because it shows a lot of feeling. When, I have had hard feelings before, music always helps me get through it.
I have had such a blast teaching Ellie and watching her grow over the past year and a half. She brings a super positive attitude and enthusiasm to all her lessons, is a great listener, and is always ready and willing to try new things. She is committed to working hard on our weekly lesson goals, and has made incredible improvement as a result. I also admire how she worked to overcome her fear of performing, and now she owns the stage every time she gets up there and is eager to perform at any chance she can get! Thank you, Ellie, for sharing your beautiful voice with the Orpheus Community!
My name is Noah and I enjoy playing the piano. One of the reasons I enjoy playing the piano is because of the unique sound it has. I also love music and it’s fun to be able to play the songs I like listening to. I love when I've been working on a complicated piece and then I play it correctly. It fills me with a sense of accomplishment. When I play the piano, everyone in the house can hear me play, which is really fun. One of the coolest features about the piano is that you can open up the top of the piano and see all the moving parts.
Noah practices diligently and is always prepared for his piano lessons. He is motivated, and challenges himself to learn new concepts and techniques. I was very impressed with his recent CD project because he prepared and recorded 17 songs! Noah is an excellent pianist, and I am grateful to be his teacher.
I like music because it always makes me feel happy when I am sad. I enjoy it because when I play on my guitar to people they have fun, especially my brother and sister. When i play to myself I always feel like I am getting better and better, and I like it!
Ayala has been studying with me at Orpheus for about a year and a half. In that time, I've seen her consistently improve as a guitarist and musician. She always brings a positive attitude to our lessons, and she always comes ready to play her best and learn more. Ayala shares her love for music with her family - her father Yarden often attends our lessons to support her and learn more about guitar himself, and her younger sister Avigail helped to present Ayala's first concert and host a bonus interview on Ayala's debut album.
Ayala just recently completed recording her first album entitled Deep In The Heart of Texas. Ayala sings and plays a variety of pieces on the album from a diverse array of musical cultures and styles, including selections from famous movies, pieces by great classical composers, and raw blues and folk music. This album features collaborations with professional musicians including cellist Sara Bravo and guitarist Michele Cotrufo, and was produced collaboratively by me and Yarden Mazor through the online digital audio platform, Bandlab.
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!