Focus And Confidence Help This Young Musician Achieve His Goals
Isaac, 11-years-old, Math Level I
11-year-old Isaac is studying above his peers, as he’s currently working on algebra concepts like quadratic equations and the Pythagorean Theorem in the Kumon Math Program. Isaac began his Kumon journey six years ago when he was just five years old. Along the way, he has improved his focus and gained confidence, which has helped him overcome any challenge that is thrown his way. Isaac continues to strive for excellence both in-and-out of the classroom, which is a strong testament to his many accomplishments.
As a budding musician, Isaac has applied the discipline and focus he developed in Kumon when he’s performing on the saxophone and piano.
“Kumon has helped me beyond academics when it comes to music,” said Isaac. “For example, I play the saxophone and piano. I see many elements of math related to rhythms and beats in music. Knowing that has helped me improve as a musician. Kumon teaches me to be more focused, disciplined, organized, and to have better study skills. Kumon helps me to persevere and to always try my best no matter what.”
Isaac’s practice and focus on the piano has paid off, as he was presented the “Outstanding Award” in piano by the New York State School Music Association in 2014-16. The NYSSMA®’s mission is to enhance the music education programs in all of New York State. Top performing students from across the state are carefully selected by their music educator and go on to the audition process. Musicians are critically evaluated on performance elements such as sight-reading and technique.
When he’s not performing, Isaac can be found on the soccer field and the basketball court. Not only does he enjoy playing sports, he also loves being a spectator. Isaac is a dedicated sports fan of the New York Rangers and New York Mets.
He has found that his increase in focus has helped him become a stronger athlete as well.
“Not only has Kumon helped me in school and with music, it has also helped me with sports,” said Isaac. “For example, in school I receive good grades and it motivates me to do well on projects and tests. Another example is when I play soccer. I am more focused and always watching the ball. With this level of focus, I make better passes and saves – making me a stronger athlete.”
Isaac’s hard work and discipline didn’t go unnoticed, as he was one of 55 students selected to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada. We had the opportunity to speak to Isaac about his Kumon journey.
How has Kumon helped you academically?
Kumon has helped me stay on task with my homework and assignments at school.
How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?
Kumon has given me confidence, and now I strive to be the best I can be at everything I do.
What do you enjoy most about Kumon?
I really enjoy learning new concepts and being able to finish each level.
What keeps you motivated in Kumon?
When I overcome problems in Kumon, it pushes me to keep going and to not give up. I continue to work towards getting to the next level, putting me closer to completing the Kumon Math Program.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?
What’s the most beneficial thing you’ve learned from Kumon so far?
The most beneficial thing I’ve learned in Kumon has been how to concentrate and stay focused in everything I do. It has also taught me to try and solve problems independently.
What did it mean to you attending the Student Conference?
I was so excited when I found out I was selected to attend the Student Conference! I must say, that this has been one of my greatest achievements so far. The conference was an awesome experience. I met so many students and speakers. The forums I attended were so much fun!
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
Don’t get frustrated! With more practice, hard work, and confidence – you can overcome anything!