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Name:Joanna Montague-Smith
What instrument(s) do you teach?Piano
When did you discover your love
of music?
I used to listen to my Auntie playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata when I was about 4 and I would dream of playing it myself one day. 
What advice would you give to young musicians?Listen to a wide range of music and play your instrument regularly. The more you play, the more you progress and the more pleasure you get out of it.  It should always be fun!
What is your favourite piece of music and why?Clementi Piano Sonata in D major. No matter how I am feeling, this piece will always cheer me up, it’s such great fun to play.
What is your funniest musical moment?Ooh, there are so many! When I was working towards my music GCSE, I was so engrossed in my composition work that I didn’t hear the bell for the end of lesson. I missed registration, missed the bus home and also the dentist appointment my Mum had booked in for me!  Time flies when you are having fun!
What is your most memorable musical moment?I was lucky enough to perform one of my own compositions to the Prime Minister when he came to visit our school.  I got a group of friends together to sing and play alongside me. It was a special moment. 
If you could meet any composer from any point in time, who would it be and why?I would have loved to have met Mozart and witnessed him composing.  He was such an eccentric character and I expect it would be fascinating to watch him create his masterpieces. 
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