United Conservatory of Music March 2018

STUDENT OF THEMONTH Congratulations to Samantha Barbosa! (Cello) Q. How old were you when you started taking music at United Conservatory? I started taking lessons last year when I was 15.

Q. What type of music do you like to listen to? I generally enjoy all types of music from classical to alternative.

Q. What do you like most about your lessons at the United Conservatory? My favorite part of lessons is knowing that I can always get help with any particular piece or tech- nical issue I’m struggling with. Q. How do you like your teacher? I really enjoy having Mr. Kim as my teacher because I know he will help with any questions I may have. Q. Is music a very important part of your life? I’ve always been more drawn to music over other alternatives like sports or art. I like being able to listen to different elements of a piece and I just enjoy music as a whole. It isn’t, however, the most prominent part of my life. Q. Would you recommend the United Conservatory to your friends? I would definitely recommend United Conservatory to my friends and I already have suggested it to a couple.

TEACHER OF THEMONTH Congratulations to Grace Bernhardt (Cello) Q. What are the things you like most about teaching?

It’s so encouraging to see these kids grow and get better at playing their instrument at such a fast rate! I get to learn so much from teaching these kids especially the young ones; they remind me that music is hard at times but is so much fun! Q. How do you inspire students to practice more? Usually I tell them that things get easier when you practice. Practice is essential in order to get better at your instrument. I also say that when they practice and get really good at their pieces not only they move onto different pieces but also get the opportunity to play more exciting pieces; not only more interesting to play but also more interesting for others to listen to. Lastly, this new musical ladder system is really getting students to want to practice because they want to win! Music is sometimes hard to be persistent in because sometimes it can feel like you’re going no where, but with this new system earning bracelets, award certificates and even trophies, students can really see and feel progress in their instrument. Q. What do you feel are the benefits of a child studying music? There is no doubt about the educational benefits of music; not only in math but also in science and even language! The most important thing to me about music is the bonds you build with those you play with. Music creates a type of connection not held my many and music even becomes a common language with those you other wise can’t speak with. Q. What is your favorite type of music? Anything with a beat, honestly! Whether it’s classical, classical pop, country, R&B, Christian pop, soul, jazz, hip hop or even just music made my nature, I love it all!

Q. Wha t do you like most about teaching at United Conservatory of Music? My students really make it such a wonderful experience. Seeing them just learn to love their instruments and really get good at them is the best feeling ever as a teacher. Specifically at UCM we as teachers are fully equipped with all the necessary information and tools to teach our students the best way we can. I know that if I notice that my students aren’t really learning, there are many other teachers and resources at UCM, from which I can learn different techniques, and apply them to my teaching.

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