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Student Spotlight: Snowday Composing Fun

Schools in Minnesota have had a hard time staying open this year facing a “polar vortex” in January, followed by the snowiest February on record in the Twin Cities. In fact, there have been so many snow days that some students have become bored with the newfound extra time. In an effort to fight off cabin fever, Leo Fisher, 12, of Sacred Heart Catholic School in Robbinsdale, spent one of his many snow days composing a song for viola from a popular video game.

Leo has been playing the viola for approximately 2 years, taking private lessons with Dr. Jonas Westover at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center. Dr. Westover has taught violin, viola, and cello since 1998, and currently teaches private lessons at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center, Edina, & Minnetonka. In addition, he is also an adjunct professor at The University of St. Thomas where he currently teaches multiple music courses.

Check out this video of Leo playing his composition at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center’s auditorium. You can also view the sheet music for the composition here to further revel in Leo’s talent.  Great work Leo – keep it up!

Your Schmitt Music store has private instructors that can teach you how to play your favorite song on any instrument. Click here to search teachers, or contact a Lesson Coordinator at Schmitt Music. What song do you dream of playing?