January Student of the Month: Fiona B

Congratulations to our January Student of the Month, Fiona B! Each month, we recognize one of our students who is not only a wonderful musician but who also embodies our monthly “Virtue for Virtuosos.”

The virtue for the month of January is DISCIPLINE. There are so many extra-musical benefits that come from learning to play the piano, and one of those is learning to be disciplined. No piano student can achieve excellence without hard work and perseverance. That takes a lot of self-control, motivation, and sacrifice. It means working diligently and consistently even when it is hard and immediate progress cannot be seen. It means sacrificing immediate wants for long-term goals. We love that this attribute, one that is essential for a successful life, can be learned by studying the piano.

Our piano academy teachers nominated Fiona for the Student of the Month because she is such an excellent example of Discipline. She works very hard to complete her assignments every week. She is always aware of what needs to be done and puts in the necessary work to make it happen. As Fiona’s solo teacher, I have seen her dedication and determination in action as she currently works on learning a difficult and lengthy solo. I know I can count on her to make consistent progress each week even when it is hard.

Here’s what Fiona says about herself:

“My name is Fiona. I’m sixteen years old, and I’m the third child in a nine-member family. I live with my dad and stepmother. I like to draw, paint, and spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy being outdoors and going to the mountains. I like to learn about different countries, languages, and cultures. My favorite holiday is Christmas because that’s when all my family comes together from different places around the world. I like the way we celebrate Christmas because it’s unique; it’s just some family traditions we have such as waiting until midnight to open the presents.”

We’re so grateful we get to teach Fiona and for her example of discipline!