Thursday, February 29, 2024

Young music prodigy shines

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Alex Bai with his distinction award certificate for his exceptional piano skills at the APPA/Ara Lodge music competition. Photo supplied.

A young east Auckland student is using some of his prize money to give back to his school and church.

Elim Christian College pupil Alex Bai, 12, won a distinction award for his exceptional piano talents at the Auckland Primary Principals’ Association (APPA) and Ara Lodge music competition last month.

Alex’s mother, Celine, says that her son has worked incredibly hard for this achievement “with long hours of practice”.

When asked if he had any tips for those learning piano, Alex said “you need to practice a lot”.

“But make sure you are practising your piano skills correctly because you don’t want to develop bad practice habits.”

This is a special acknowledgement for Elim Christian middle years because principal Murray Burton, himself an accomplished musician, reminds students that developing and sharing musical talents and gifts is a “form of worship”.

Alex is wanting to donate a portion of his $1000 prize winnings to his school and church, Eastgate Christian Centre.

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