What would you say to other students considering playing a musical instrument?
Music itself is so incredibly amazing and complex - many people love listening to music but the satisfaction felt is definitely brought to a new level when you are able to play the piece that you love.
Even though classical music does give you a very strong musical foundation, you can also explore different genres or styles that you enjoy. Additionally, you don't necessarily have to practice a long time to improve, it's more about efficiency than quantity.
How do you balance your time between practicing the piano and your school work?
Playing the piano is a form of entertainment and relaxation for me - sometimes I play before going to school, or to motivate myself to continue with work. The IGCSEs definitely requires commitment (to learn, revise for exams etc.), but it's possible to free up some time to do something I enjoy because I don't like using my studies as an excuse for me to give up my hobbies - if a task has been prioritized, then time shouldn't be the excuse for it being incomplete.
Mr Ian Alexander, Director of Music here at the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City shares his thoughts on Sanny’s success,