10-year-old Emma Taylor simply loves music.
"When I am sad, I can listen to sad songs, or when I'm happy, I can listen to happy songs, and just music, I have music going in my head like all the time," said Taylor.
Not only is it going in her head - it's going under her fingers too! This 5th grader at Goldman-Schiffman Elementary has been playing the piano now for six years. But that's not all.
"I just love being active," said Taylor.
She's also quite a dancer, studying jazz, tap, ballet, even hip-hop.
"When you are active, you stay healthy, and it helps you stay fit, and while you are being fit, you can have fun," said Taylor.
However, for Emma, it's not all fun, all the time.
She's in the gifted program- making all A's and B's, and is often chosen as a class leader, a position she doesn't take lightly.
"I'm not trying to be the boss of anyone. I just want everybody to work together and have fun while they are doing it," said Taylor.
"She's just got a wonderful personality, and she's willing to go that extra mile for anybody in the class that needs her help and her assistance, and she always puts forth her best effort, and always has a smile on her face when she does it," said teacher Dixie Seeley.
Emma wants to one day become a zoologist, but not just any zoologist.
"I want to be a zoologist at the San Diego Zoo," said Taylor.
However, until then, she'll take becoming the first Star Student of the 2011 school year. It's an honor that's music to her ears.