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CSMA Student Raises Money for Wildfire Victims

Posted January 24th, 2019  |  By A4A.admin

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We sat down and got to know CSMA piano student Mihir, a high school freshman, whom raised over $800 for the recent California wildfire victims.  He taught $15 piano lessons to neighbors of all skill levels, looked after a neighborhood dog and found a generous neighbor who matched 50% of his total earnings.

Tell us a little about yourself.  How long have you been studying the piano, what are some of your other interests, etc.?

I have been learning piano for 7 years and recently passed ABRSM Grade 7 with distinction. In addition to playing piano, I enjoy sailing, playing with my dog and exploring computer science.

What motivated you to raise money for the wildfire victims?

The devastation and destruction of Paradise motivated me to raise money. The fire destroyed 13,000 buildings, burned 150,000 acres and at least 88 people lost their lives in one day. I wanted to do something for people affected by the deadliest fire ever recorded in the history of California. I decided to raise funds by offering piano lessons in my neighborhood.

Can you describe the types of lessons you provided for your students?

At first, I was anxious on how to teach my students. They were of various experience levels and their ages ranged from seven to seventy. I decided to improvise my lesson plan based on the level of my student. For those who were learning, I gave tips and ideas on how their piece could sound better. Some of my students had learned the piano, but had not practiced in many years. We practiced how to read music so they could play almost anything they want. For those whom had not touched a piano before, I taught them to play songs they knew (such as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”) on the piano by comparing notes they sang with notes played.

What did you enjoy most about teaching?  What did you find most challenging?

I had the most fun when a student was able to fix his or her errors and play the song correctly. Going door-to-door in my neighborhood asking if they would like a lesson initially made me nervous. My neighbors’ optimism and support boosted my spirits.

Which organization received your donation and how can other people help?

I donated to We4U but the campaign is now closed. Anyone interested in helping, please donate directly to the Oroville Hope Center.

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