Student Spotlight: Student Achieving Her Musical Goals!

Congrats to Vanessa!

Click to Enlarge. Photos and Design by Charr Crail.

At Piano Lessons in Sacramento, I encourage my students to set and pursue musical goals that matter to them.  I believe setting and achieving your own goals is an exciting part of music learning and helps keep you motivated and excited about your own progress. Some of the goals my students have set for themselves include: putting on a concert, writing or recording their first original pieces, performing in their first recital, practicing daily, and more.

Student Musical Goals - Vanessa Logs Practicing

Vanessa diligently logged her practice time throughout the project. (Click to enlarge)

This past January, one of my students, Vanessa, set a goal to learn all the music for her Piano Literature book.  There were 20 songs in the book, and she gave herself six months to learn them all.  This was no small feat considering that Vanessa has only been playing piano for a couple of years and had never attempted something like this!

From planning to execution, Vanessa’s handling of her project was exemplary. The results were impressive:  Not counting vacation time and time devoted to preparing for a recital and working on a music theory book, she learned all 20 songs in about 6 1/2 months!   In the process, she gained so much more, including improving her music reading, gaining performance experience, and growing in confidence as a musician (which I think are the more important long-term musical goals behind the project). Congrats Vanessa!

I asked Vanessa to have a conversation with me about the project, and I recorded the ensuing interview.  Now you can listen to it below (she even plays for us a little at the end!).

PLUS: Watch Vanessa’s video of her playing songs from the book she learned.

What are YOUR musical goals?  And are you getting the support you need to achieve them? If not, then I urge you to get in touch with me so we can talk about how I can help you.  What are you waiting for?  Click the button below or contact me (chris <at>,  or call 916-910-8686) right away:




Student Spotlight: Student Achieving Her Musical Goals! — 2 Comments

  1. Wow. Amazing! Great job and Congratulations Vanessa. You are such an awesome inspiration for us. Good luck to all your Piano and other endeavors in life. 🙂

    Gowri Sathish

    • Yes, indeed. Congrats to Vanessa, and I’m glad you are inspired by her, Gowri. You have much to be proud of as well.