Hi, my name is Manni. I’m 11 and I go to Altrincham Grammar School for Girls (AGGS). I also go to Junior RNCM (JRNCM) each Saturday for my music learning, after developing my musicianship at the Music Place.
I was at the Music Place for 4 years, since starting at 6 years old, and I learnt the piano for all 4 years and started flute in my last year and I loved my amazing teachers there.
I’ve been learning at the JRNCM since I was 11, however, the Music Place has and always will be an important part of my life. They have always been welcoming and giving me all the help and support whenever I need; even when I don’t learn there anymore.
I did nearly all my ABRSM exams at the Music Place, including upcoming two ABRSM exams (piano grade 7 and flute grade 7) in December 2020. When I was 9, with the help of my piano teacher, I did my Grade 5 Music Theory exam (distinction). Last week, I just did my Grade 6 ABRSM Music Theory exam. At the Music Place, I’ve been involved in many different performances, such as Underground Artists, which was a great experience when I played the violin in the Altrincham Market, and Harfest Festival, and annual performances at Cinnamon Club.
I really love and enjoy the musical atmosphere at the Music Place. Everyone is really kind and willing to answer any questions. My piano and flute teachers at the Music Place always helped me to progress, rather than to stagnate or develop bad habits. The performance opportunities at the Music Place are always the highlights of each year.
Learning music has given me more confidence to be myself and also when doing something like public speaking or performing because of my extensive experience on the stage.
I think that taking music lessons is a great choice because music learning gives you qualities such as discipline, perseverance and confidence which will benefit you later in life, and by just practising a difficult passage and getting it right, you get a sense of achievement which you would not have got before.
At the moment in AGGS, I’m really interested in physics and maths, but music is something that will always stay beside me during my entire life.