Kaisen Yao Yao 1 Writing 1, Section 52 Beales September 28, 2012 Copycat Classical music has always shadowed my childhood. As a youngster, my parents constantly played classical music around me, driven by the notion that Mozart makes children smarter. They had always encouraged me to learn an instrument, and eventually replace the old Beethoven tapes and Chopin CDs with my practicing. However, it wasn’t until I was eleven years of age before I was first introduced to the King of the Instruments: the piano. I remember my first lessons quite clearly, since my teacher made such an intimidating impression on me. Born and raised in Russia, Dr. Ksenia Nosikova was a prime example of the Eastern European style of teaching: strict, punctual, and extreme attention to detail. Somehow, my potential had landed a spot in her prestigious, quasi- conservatory studio. However, I quickly realized that gaining acceptance into her studio was the easy part. Soon enough, the handicap I got from being a child zeroed out, and her expectations of me were exponentially rising. The pace of learning became faster, she repeated herself less and less, and the hours of practice began to rise dramatically. By the summer of 2008, I was practicing a full four hours a day, and entered in approximately five competitions a year.
My love of music grew rapidly with my virtuosity on the piano. In music, there is
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