February 2014 Students of the Month

Joshua Benson, Piano
Teacher: Mrs. Allison Hall
Joshua is so eager to practice, that sometimes he even argues with his brother over who gets to practice first in the morning.  And, even though he only started taking piano lessons six months ago, his hard work is already paying off. 
According to his teacher, Joshua “is always working ahead of what I’ve assigned him.  Since starting piano last fall he has already completed two levels of his Faber books and is beginning his third set this week!  His theory is always completed and both it and his songs are done correctly and polished very well.  He is very eager and willing to do anything that I ask him to do in his lesson.”
The 2013 BCCMS Christmas recital was Joshua’s first performance.  He has also attended other Bryan music performances with his family. 
Dori Conley, Piano
Teacher: Mrs. Rachel Jones
Grade: 4th
Dori is a young pianist who has shown remarkable dedication and perseverance in her two years of piano lessons.  She always come prepared to her lessons and the practice and listening goals her teacher sets for her are consistently exceeded or met. 
According to her teacher, Dori “gives 100%, whether a piece is easy or not.  She always has a good attitude at her lessons, and always puts forth effort to learn her pieces - even the ones that give her more trouble than others. Not once have I seen her stop trying or give up when struggling to learn a challenging piece. She perseveres with a good attitude and is a joy to teach. She demonstrates not only technical ability and skill, but has also shown musicality as she advances.”
Dori regularly participates in BCCMS recitals, as well as the Rhea Arts Festival.
David Stultz, piano
Teacher: Dr. Sigrid Luther
Grade: 9th
In commenting on David’s diligence as a musician, his teacher remembered that “Even after an art clinic that took many hours on a weekend, he still came to his lesson.” In addition to being faithful to his piano practice, David also manages to find time to practice on the organ.  His hard work is paying off as he was recently chosen by audition to play organ with the Chattanooga Youth Symphony.
David has participated in BCCMS recitals for several years, and won his category in the Rhea Arts Festival last year.  He performs regularly in church on both piano and organ, frequently attends concerts of all kinds, listens to classical music as a favorite pastime, and has participated in the Baptist hymn festival.   He is also planning to audition for the CMTA summer camp scholarship and perform in CMTA auditions.