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Student Spotlight: Delaina N.

Delaina is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter who studies with our teacher Michael. In her early years she was inspired to learn music by her musician grandfather, Kenny. She’s sung everything from classical and musical theatre music to current pop radio hits. Her dedication to practicing her craft is inspiring, and we can’t wait to see perform at some of our upcoming recitals.

MM: What are some of your favorite hobbies, outside of music? Favorite school subjects, books, movies, shows, sports?

DN: Some of my favorite hobbies are working out and spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy reading and watching Netflix if I have some free time. My favorite show to watch on Netflix in Criminal Minds. I find it really interesting because I’m studying criminology and psychology right now at school.

MM: How did you get started with music, and how long have you been singing?

DN: I’ve been singing since I can remember. I’ve always been interested in music and I was in choir throughout my high school career, in classical choir and musical theater. I think what really got me to start playing an instrument was my grandfather, Kenny, he is an extremely talented musician. What really helped me with guitar was the fact that I could understand certain music terms and I learned how to sing in proper classical tone.

MM: What have been some of your favorite performances, and why? How do you share your music with others, beyond recitals?

DN: Performing in high school was always really fun for me. I haven’t really performed for anyone since I graduated, but that’s because I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my music.

MM: What makes you keep up your practice, and what are your goals?

DN: I’ve always wanted to better myself as a musician. It was tough to keep practicing when I first started, it takes time to begin playing songs when you don’t know any chords, but after playing guitar for a few months it became kind of therapeutic. I think my goals for this upcoming year would be to perform in a few recitals and write a few more songs.

MM: Who are a few bands/artists that have inspired you, and why?

DN: A few bands and artists that have inspired me would be Ed Sheeran, Panic! At the Disco, and All Time Low. These musicians inspire me because they pour themselves into their music and out on the stage when they perform. That’s what I aspire to be like.

MM: What are some of your favorite songs, and why?

DN: Some of my favorite songs are “Therapy” by All Time Low, “Give Me Love” by Ed Sheeran, and “The End of All Things” by P!ATD. All of these songs have incredible lyrics and music. They also display the artists’ emotions extremely well.

MM: Can you share about a technique, skill, or song you struggled with, and how you are overcoming or have overcome it?

DN: A song that I really struggled with would be Shawn Mendes’ song “A Little Too Much.” There’s a picking pattern in the song that I had a really hard time doing for a while. I’m still not great at finger picking, but after playing that song it has definitely become easier. It just proves that practice makes perfect.

MM: What advice do you wish you had at the beginning? What advice would you give to other students just starting out?

DN: I think some advice that I wish I had when I first started would be to never skip a day of practice because one day makes all the difference. That’s also the advice I would give to other students. Practice is incredibly important as well as determination. Don’t give up on a song, even if you and your teacher decide to move past it keep going back to it and practicing.

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