Young Pianist Proves Practice Makes Perfect
Casey, 11-years-old, Math Level K & Reading Level HI
The age-old saying “practice makes perfect,” is often said by our teachers and parents. This saying relates to just about anything we’re learning. From riding a bike without training wheels to baking a delicious cake, all new skills need time and practice.
For 11-year-old Casey, she recognized the importance of daily practice and discovered that it’s the key to unlocking her success.
At a young age, Casey developed a passion for music and has dedicated time to strengthening her skills on the piano. Like any instrument, playing the piano is a complex activity that combines coordination and the use of multiple senses like hearing, sight, and touch. To master a new solo piece or perfect her technique, Casey adopted a daily practice routine.
When Casey enrolled in Kumon, she quickly realized how transferable those skills were to her studies.
“Kumon helped me establish a daily routine,” said Casey. “Overall, the most beneficial thing Kumon has taught me is that practice makes perfect. Putting in the time always pays off in the end.”
In 2017, Casey was presented the opportunity of a lifetime to compete in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. Musicians and vocalists from across the globe auditioned for their chance to perform on stage at the world famous Carnegie Hall. Casey was committed to practicing and was more than ready for the world to hear her talent. It’s no surprise that she impressed the judges and placed third in the competition.
What do you enjoy most about Kumon?
In the Kumon Reading Program I enjoy discovering new books. I also love the feeling of making it to a new level and mastering a difficult concept.
How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?
Kumon helps me establish a daily routine. Knowing that I have to complete my worksheets, I’ve learned to balance and schedule my other chores and activities. I don’t waste time by sitting around watching television or playing video games.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a human rights lawyer or even a delegate in the General Assembly for the United Nation.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Every day I am inspired by many different people and can’t choose just one person. I motivate myself to reach my goals and continue to work hard.
What’s your favorite book and why?
My favorite book is “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling. I love this book because despite dark moments, the characters always work together and remain motivated to work towards their goal.
What was your experience like at the 2019 Kumon Student Conference, and what was your favorite part?
The Student Conference was a motivating experience and I enjoyed hearing from former Kumon Students. It was great to hear their struggles because it showed me that I am not the only one who gets stuck on challenging worksheets once in a while.
What advice would you give to kids just starting Kumon?
Don’t get discouraged when working on challenging worksheets. Be patient and continue to try and solve the questions. If you don’t give up, they will become easier for you. It’s worth putting in the time!