Welcome to the latest installment of our new blog feature, '10 Questions With...', where we'll be asking young people who have recently taken part in All In Music sessions and projects to provide an insight into their success story: a bit about them, what they got out of our project and what they'll be going on to do in the future.
Next up we have 12 year-old pianist and singer, Ellisa Oatham:
Q.1 - Who are you and what do you play?
My name is Ellisa Oatham and I’m 12 years old. I am learning the piano and ukulele and I also sing.
Q.2 - What’s your favourite thing about music?
I enjoy music here at the YMCA because it is calming and makes me happy. During my lesson, I feel that I get to be me.
Q.3 - What musical experience did you have before coming to 'All In Music'?
I was in a school choir when I was in year 7. I had the chance to perform with many other local schools at the Cliffs Pavilion for “Music Is Magic” when I was in year 5.
Q.4 - What have you enjoyed or learned so far during your music sessions at All-in-Music?
I have learned how to play the keyboard properly which I didn’t know how to before. I have done a little bit of singing which has giving more confidence in front of people.
Q.5 - What genres and types of music do you like/listen to?
I really like to listen to pop music. Ava Max, Nina Nesbitt and Cher Lloyd are some of my favourite artists.
Q.6 - Who are your musical inspirations?
Ava Max because she has made a lot of good songs. I really like her voice and she has a wide variety of music.
Q.7 - Apart from our music sessions, what else have you been a part of outside of the Southend YMCA?
With the Young Carers, I had the opportunity to be part of some art classes with the local YMCA, here in Southend.
Q.8 - What has been your biggest achievement so far with 'All In Music'?
I‘m happy with my keyboard playing and I enjoy it. I can now recognise the note names without any help.
Q.9 - How has being a part of 'All In Music' changed you personally?
I have more confidence in myself and I am happy when I play music. I tell my friends that I have music lessons and show them what I have learned on the keyboard. I showed all my friends that I can play “Without Me” by Halsey.
Q.10 - What’s next for you?
I will definitely continue playing the keyboard and also continue singing. I would like to perform with my friends at school.
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