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Seventh-grader at North Tahoe School is March musician of month

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Kaci Meyer is a member of the North Tahoe School Seventh Grade Band and Jazz Ensemble.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Kaci Meyer, a seventh-grader at North Tahoe School, was recently announced as Tahoe Music Institute's Musician of the Month for March 2015.

She was nominated by her clarinet teacher, Shauna Righellis, because of her continuous enthusiasm and passion for playing the clarinet.

According to Righellis, "Kaci has always been so excited for her clarinet lessons and exudes true joy while playing."

Kaci started taking clarinet lessons with Righellis when she was in the fifth grade. She knew she wanted to be good at the clarinet and couldn't wait to have the opportunity to go to Donner Mine Music Camp like her sister.

This desire drove Kaci to dedicate herself fully to the clarinet, and she has improved her skills every week over the past three years.

"I knew right away that there was no stopping Kaci once she had her mind set on something. She doesn't hold back and really wants to be a top notch clarinet player," says Righellis.

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Kaci has improved her musical performance by leaps and bounds over her years studying with Righellis.

Her patience with doing "the right thing" in her practicing has really helped her progress beyond where most students her age would be. Righellis says that Kaci has learned to really understand how her instrument works and what she needs to do in order to be successful one exercise at a time.

Kaci has performed at every Tahoe Music Institute recital since starting her lessons, and you can also watch her perform with the North Tahoe School Seventh Grade Band and Jazz Ensemble throughout the year.

She is even going to start playing the baritone saxophone in the jazz ensemble in the next few months to help fill out the sax section.

This article was provided to the Sun by Tahoe Music Institute, located at 2810 Lake Forest Road in Tahoe City. For information, visit tahoemusicinstitute.com or call 530-581-0618.