MM: How did you get started with singing, piano, and flute, and how long have you been at them? Do you have a favorite? Which one do you find the hardest?
TS: I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember, but I started receiving formal classes at the end of the summer of 2018. For piano, I took lessons when I was in 3rd and 4th grade, but ended up quitting to start doing flute. I’ve been playing the flute for 5-6 years now and I’m at level 9 in the Certificate of Merit program. I would have to say that singing is my favorite because it comes very naturally to me and I enjoy it a lot. I think that the most hard for me is the piano because though I have the basics down, I find it really hard playing notes with both of my hands and making them match up together.
MM: How do you share your music with others? What’s your favorite performance so far, and why?
TS: I don’t share a lot of performances with people, but I’ll definitely sing with friends and family whenever we’re around. My favorite performance I’ve had is the Teen Performance that happened a month ago because the songs I sang, The Place Where Lost Things Go and Like I’m Gonna Lose You, are very special to me.
MM: You’ve clearly learned a lot of genres of music, between singing pop music and playing Bach on the flute. Do you have a favorite genre to listen to and/or perform?
TS: I really love pop, rap, jazz, Bollywood, and old music from 70s, 80s, and 90s.
MM: Who are a few bands/artists/composers who have inspired you, and why?
TS: When it comes to music, I’m very into pop. A person that I look up to is Ariana Grande because I really love her style and personality and I think that her music is really motivated and inspired by a lot of things that have happened in her life, which I love.
MM: What makes you keep up your practice, and what are your goals?
TS: My passion for music is what motivates me to continue practicing. I’m looking for opportunities to showcase my talents in singing, dancing, and playing flute.
MM: How many years have you been doing Certificate of Merit for flute, and what’s left in the program? Do you do any other music exams or competitions?
TS: I’ve been doing the Certificate of Merit program in flute for 4 years. Last year, I was in an honors recital and honors convention performer for level 7. This year, I passed level 9 and there is one level left in the program now.
MM: What advice would you give to other students just starting out?
TS: My advice is that if you have a musical passion or talent, you should pursue it and aspire to reach your goals.
MM: Do you have any performance-based social media sites, like Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or SoundCloud you want to share?
TS: Not yet but I do plan to start something soon.
MM: Anything else you want to add?
TS: No, but thank you for giving me the opportunity for being the Student Spotlight.