All of Our Past Spotlight Students:

We are so proud of all the hard work and dedication our students put into their music careers. Here are other Spotlight Students who have been previously recognized. :)

Will McCarthy

My name is Will McCarthy. I am 7 years old and in 2nd grade. I have only been taking piano lessons for a few months, but I really like it. I was born in Kansas, but I have been living in O’Fallon for 6 years. I also like playing soccer, baseball and tennis. I live in a wild house with 2 brothers, 1 sister and a dog.

Natalie Kurtz

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Natalie will be a sophomore at O'Fallon High School in the Fall. She is a member of the O'Fallon Marching Band and plays the clarinet during both marching and concert season. Natalie enjoys many types of music, takes vocal and guitar lessons, and would like to learn to play the drums! She is excited about the opportunity to be able to attend in person concerts again!

Kai Bailey

Kai Bailey recently turned 10 years old and is going to be a 5th grade student at Moye Elementary. Before moving to O’Fallon, Kai lived in Germany for almost five years.  He likes playing lacrosse, video games, and spending time with friends.  Kai started piano lessons about two years ago but has really taken to his practice over the last six months. He is currently enjoying the summer break participating in various camps and taking family trips around the local area.   

Claire Twenhafel

Hi my name Claire Twenhafel and I’m 10yrs old.  I am  going to be in 5th grade at Moye Elementary in O’fallon.  I have an older brother and sister that are age 15 and 13.  My hobbies include arts and crafts and playing golf. I started playing piano a few months ago and really enjoy it.  When I grow up I want to be a doctor who works with children. I love 88 keys and look forward to going there every lesson!  

Sonny Bucaro

Sonny Kay recently had a birthday and turned 7 years old! She will be heading into 2nd grade this fall. She has two younger brothers, Luca who is 5 and Dominic who is almost 8 weeks. Our family moved to Oahu in Dec. 2019 and Sonny began taking piano lessons remotely in March of this year.  Many of Sonny's cousins take lessons at 88 Keys so she also wanted the opportunity. We are very grateful to the staff, you all have been tremendous with helping us make it happen! Sonny also plays soccer and loves swimming, bicycling, hiking, snorkeling, and just being a beach bum. She is currently enjoying her summer in the sun, brushing up on her Spanish skills with her father, and loving on her new baby brother. 

James Gulliver

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James was born in California and moved to O'Fallon in 2016. He is now preparing to move to his next home at Hill AFB in Utah!

James began taking piano lessons last September. He has a blast learning with Mr. Kent and playing music at home.

James has one older sister, Helen, and one younger brother, Theo.

Besides playing piano, James also enjoys riding his bike, playing board/card games with his friends & family, and telling jokes. He loves the color blue, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and turtles.

Penny Pierce

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Hi friends! I’m Penny and I’m 10 years old. I’m going into the 5th grade at Belle Valley #119 in Belleville. I have 2 sisters, Sage and Melody, and 2 cats, Libby and Edison. My hobbies are bowling, swimming, camping, piano, and playing anything/everything on my iPad. 

I’ve only been learning piano for about 4 months now at 88 Keys, and I love it! 

When I grow up I want to own a bakery that sells cupcakes and donuts. I have it all planned out! 

Ezekiel San Pedro

I’m Ezekiel Reuben San Pedro and I’m 8 years old. My dad is Erwin and my mom is Faith. I have one sister and her name is Erin. I started playing the piano last year and I really really like it! My dad plays the violin and piano and when he played the piano one night, I started getting interested. I learned how to play Fur Elise using my forefingers. After that, they started looking for a piano teacher and they found 88 Keys Academy.

I also like speed-cubing, chess, and karate. My sister is teaching me how to play the guitar and I think it’s kinda hard but fun. I’ll be in 3rd grade this year and I like Math and Science. I’m excited to play more music and more instruments and share my talent that God gave me