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Student Spotlight

Thea S.

Recently, I had the honor of accompanying Thea on her Level 9 Certificate of Merit flute exam (which she passed!). Thea played some exceptionally challenging pieces. Not only is Thea a flutist, but she’s also a singer, dancer, and pianist as well. With eclectic musical taste, ranging from pop, to jazz, to Bollywood, Thea is an extremely passionate, versatile young lady. It’ll be exciting to see which of the many possible musical directions she’ll take.

Q & A with Thea

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.

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