Student Spotlight: Emily S.

Meet Anne’s wonderful vocal student, 13-year-old Emily. Anne is blown away with her improvement and says of Emily that “her passion is evident in her willingness to listen and make changes, in her artistic choices, and her desire to improve.” With a great work ethic, diverse taste in music, and the ambition to one day be the next big artist on the radio, we know she’ll go far and can’t wait to see where her musical journey takes her. For now, enjoy her Student Spotlight interview!

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

ES: I’ve been singing ever since I was 9 years old. I’ve been in the school choir, my church choir, and this year tried out and was chosen for a part in our school musical. I started taking vocal lessons because I wanted to learn how I could become a better singer.

MM: Who are a few bands/artists who have inspired/excited you, or just plain made you sing along, and why? Any favorite songs??

ES: A few bands and artists that have inspired me are John Mayer, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, and Sam Smith. These artists have inspired me because they all have such powerful voices and their vocal ranges are incredible. Some of my favorite songs are “I’m Not the Only One,” by Sam Smith, “Vultures,” by John Mayer, and “Set Fire to the Rain,” by Adele.

MM: What are some of your favorite songs to sing?

ES: Some of my favorite songs to sing are “On My Own,” from the play Les Miserables, “Oceans,” by Hillsong, and “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” from Grease.

MM: How do you share your music with family, friends, or your community now, and in the past? Who helps you with your music, and how do they do so?

ES: I’ve always been afraid to share my music with my family, but my parents have always supported me.  They take videos and show them to everyone! Anne has helped me with singing and I have improved my breath control, range, and other techniques.

MM: How do you prepare for a recital? How do you practice – do you sing around the house, do 5 minutes here and there, work for two hours straight – what works for you?

ES: When I prepare for a recital, I go over the song every day until the recital. Then the day of the recital I go over the parts that I feel need a little work. I also sing  different songs to take my mind off of the recital.

MM: When you let yourself dream big, what are your goals, and what do you do to reach them? These do not have to be related to music, we just want to know you!

ES: When I dare to dream big, I see myself cruising in a car, listening to the radio and hearing my latest release, turning up the volume and enjoying life.  If I don’t become a singer, I see myself as a music teacher and being able to teach kids the wonder of music.

MM: Can you share about a technique, performance, skill, or song you struggled with, and how you are overcoming or have overcome it? What did your teacher help you with, and what did you have to learn on your own? Feel free to share about two!

ES: A skill I struggled with was breath control. I never took big enough breaths before I started singing, and then I struggled to sing an entire line of a song without having to gasp for air. Now I have improved my breath control, and it is a lot easier to sing.  Anne has certainly helped with learning when and how to breathe.

MM: Can you share about a time music helped you overcome a struggle in your own life? This can be music itself, or something lessons taught you.

ES: When I have difficult days at school, I find that I can embrace music to help me relax and deal with the struggles. I’ve always felt that music is a special part of my life, because I am always able to find just the right song to cheer me up and help me deal with any emotion that I have felt.

MM: What advice would you give to other students just starting out, based on what you’ve learned?

ES: Some advice that I would give to students that are just starting out is that it is important to practice at least 20 minutes a day because practice makes perfect!

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