Meet our musicians
School: Gillespie Primary School
Teacher: Caroline Rankin
India has been playing her cello for five years, since she was six. She started learning with a music tutor at Gillespie school having a lesson before school. In addition to this, she had a group lesson after school too. This meant she was able to start at the Hub when she was in Year 3.
When she arrived at the Hub, India went through the Music First Awards very quickly. Due to this, at the end of July 2015, India was entered externally for the Grade 3 ABRSM exam. She passed with a merit.
India immediately liked the cello. She liked challenging herself and showing off what she could do. Her parents listened to her play a lot; they hadn't played an instrument before but they were given resources to help support her practice at home and they listened to CDs that were provided in the car!
India was motivated to carry on playing because she is clear that there is a tangible sense of knowing she will achieve something by the end of it. She is very proud that she remembers starting with Twinkle Twinkle and now she can play Hungarian Folksong. India thinks she has been successful in her cello playing so far because she practices a lot. She practices everyday (including weekends!) for 15-20 mins, sometimes for half an hour.
As India clearly enjoys playing the cello and has shown great commitment to the Hub she has been able to perform at the Hackney Empire and the Union Chapel. She also played at the Apple festival near her school and regularly plays at end of term concerts.
What India's teacher has to say
India is very committed to her cello playing. She is involved in all aspects of musical activities at her school. She supports the younger pupils at school, acting in a mentor capacity. She also took part in the SoundsCreative project over summer, which meant she was able to use her skills to play and perform with students who were already at secondary school.
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