Student Highlight - Alli & Ella Katila-Miikkulainen

 Alli plays at the New Mozart Summer Recital in June 2018

Alli plays at the New Mozart Summer Recital in June 2018

1 What is your name and how old are you?

My name is Alli Katila-Miikkulainen. I'm 10 years old.

2. How long have you been studying music and how old were you when you first started?

I started with Music in Me and I was 4 and a half.

3. What instrument are you studying now, and who is your teacher?

I’m studying piano with Teacher Ella and also clarinet at school.

4. What pieces are you currently working on?

"My Pony," and two duets with my little sister: Waltz and Lyric Piece by
Heinrich Wohlfahrt.

5. How often do you practice?

I try to practice every day. I am a morning person, so I play the piano
first thing when I wake up

6. What do you like best about studying piano?I love the sound!

7. Tell us about your interests or accomplishments outside of music.

I fence and I like building things like robots.

8. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Be an author.

 Ella plays at the New Mozart Summer Recital in June 2018

Ella plays at the New Mozart Summer Recital in June 2018

1 What is your name and how old are you?

My name is Ella Katila-Miikkulainen. I'm 7 years old.

2. How long have you been studying music and how old were you when you first started?

My first music class was Harmony Road 1 and I was 4 and a half years old.

3. What instruments are you studying now, and who are your teachers?

I’m learning piano with Teacher Ella and voice with Teacher Diane.

4. What pieces are you currently working on?

I play March of Pioneers (it's so hard) and Sick Doll, and two duets with
my big sister: Waltz and Lyric Piece by Heinrich Wohlfahrt.

I sing "Cruella de Vil" (it rhymes with my name!) from Disney's 101
Dalmatians and "Maybe" from the Musical Annie.

5. How often do you practice?

I try to practice often, most nights of the week.

6. What do you like best about studying piano and voice?

I like when I play the piano and sing at the same time.

7. Tell us about your interests or accomplishments outside of music.

I love soccer.

8. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A famous soccer player.


Questions to Alli and Ella's parents:

1. What are you most proud of in regards to Alli and Ella's music study?

They are developing a fundamental appreciation and love for music that we
hope will last their whole life. It is not always easy, but they
are learning to persevere and take pride in their progress.

2. Why do you think music education is important for children, and why is it important for your family?

Enjoyment of music is such a big part of life. The discipline and
determination that's required to learn to play an instrument prepares
children for other challenges as well.

3. There are many choices in music lessons; why did you choose New Mozart?

The teachers are professional and supportive, and the twice-year recitals
are a positive and encouraging experience. We also love supporting a
school in our local neighborhood.

Christine Shin

New Mozart School of Music, 305 North California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, 94301