You may have gotten a chance to see this month’s Student Spotlight, Olivia T. singing “Beggin’ for a Thread” at our August recital. Her love of music began early on in her life, when she started piano lessons at age 6 and continues to this day as her voice progresses with her teacher Anne. Humble, hardworking, and tenacious, Olivia will only continue to get better and better.
MM: How did you get started with singing, and how long have you been at it (not just with us)?
OT: I started out taking piano lessons when I was six, which got me interested in music. Then, in 2nd and 3rd grade I took a musical theater class. I decided to start taking music lessons a year ago because I wanted to improve my voice.
MM: How have you been sharing your songs with others? What’s your favorite performance so far and why?
OT: The only time I sing in front of my family is in the shower! I think my favorite performance was my first one (“Riptide” by Vance Joy), because I was so nervous, but I felt great afterwards!
MM: Who are a few bands/artists that have inspired you, and why?
OT: When I was younger, I was inspired by Coldplay, Katy Perry and Adele. Some of my favorite artists right now are Twenty One Pilots and Fall Out Boy, so I end up singing a lot of their songs.
MM: What makes you keep up your practice, and what are your goals?
OT: The reason I keep up practicing is because I love music. And as for my goals, I want to be good enough to sing in front of people I know without feeling embarrassed.
MM: What advice would you give to other students just starting out?
OT: Don’t give up! Even if you think your voice is awful now, it’ll improve before you realize it!