United Conservatory of Music December 2019

STUDENT OF THE MONTH Archer Costa

Q: What is your favorite thing about the piano/violin? A: The unique sounds they make. Q: What do you like most about lessons? A: That I get to spend an hour with Chris learning the instruments. Q: What is your favorite piece that you’ve played? A: “Ode to Joy.” Q: What are some other hobbies or activities you participate in? A: Golf, soccer, chess, designing ships, and playing Roblox with my friends.

Staff Spotlight: Joshua Bravo

Mr. Josh is an active vocalist in the Fresno/Clovis area. He has been performing around the valley since 2014, singing various jazz standards for special events and the Fresno Fair. He’s in school for choral education at Fresno City College. He also specializes in musical theater, having been in over 30 musicals and vocal directing for CMT (Children’s Musical Theaterworks). Mr. Josh teaches piano, voice, and guitar and has had an awesome time getting to work with the UCM team. He also plays accordion! We are so grateful to have you with us, Mr. Josh!

Q: What are things YOU like most about teaching? A: My favorite thing is being able to watch my students grow as musicians and people. Q: How do you inspire student practice more? A: I try to talk about the importance of practice in making steady progress in whatever instrument they’re learning. Focusing on music the students are passionate about helps them become a bigger part of the process. Q: What do you feel are the benefits of a child learning music? A: I believe that music can be a great discipline for young students to take up; most every instrument can become a career or a lifelong skill. And it’s fun! Q: What is your favorite type of music? A: Jazz or musical theater. Q: What do you like the most about teaching at UCM? A: I think it is a great place for students to learn all different types of music. It’s also a great opportunity for teachers to share ideas and concepts. The staff are awesome!

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