Saturday October 1, 2022

This month, we’re excited to feature piano student Halie Merson!

Halie is homeschooled and is a Sophomore in High School. She is currently at a Level 2 in the Achievement Program and is about to Level up to 3! She studies with Ms. Yuan Li. Here’s what Ms. Yuan had to say about Halie:

“Super talented and dedicated musician, she loves practicing piano and helping her siblings on their piano or violin playing. As her piano teacher I am amazed how sensitive and musical she is. Her interpretation of Beethoven’s Moonlight sonata is sincere, dreamy, beautiful and full of dramatic contrasts. She’s such a warm, loving young girl, super easy to work with. I love seeing her smiley face every time she comes to a lesson.

Read our interview with Halie below!

How long have you taken piano lessons?

I started piano lessons about 6 months ago, but I taught myself how to sight read and some basic techniques.

What do you love about playing piano?

I love it for so many reasons! It is so much fun to play and I love performing for our church and my friends. I really love arranging worship hymns for my church, and I love blessing others with music. I also love learning so many new things at my lessons! I really love it when I get challenged with harder pieces! It is a lot of fun for me to learn about different composers and I learn so many things every time, I can’t wait to go back each week!

What is your favorite music to play or listen to? Favorite composer?

My favorite music to play is definitely classical music. I really loved learning Moonlight Sonata (1st movement), so right now it is Beethoven!

What do you like about Flourish?

First, I love my teacher! She is the best and I am so glad that she can help me through my music journey! She has taught me so much. I really like Flourish because they are very nice, and they love music! Whenever my family and I have any questions, they are always super nice!

What else do you like to do?

I love rescuing animals, especially dogs, cats, and horses. I really love
animals and thankfully we have a farm with lots of chickens, ducks and cats and dogs. It is so much fun! I also love making YouTube videos and hanging out with my friends.