At only 17 years old, Mariangel De Oliveira is the first student of the Garden Music School to become a teacher. The Windermere High School senior started school at the start of 2020, when she started taking voice lessons with teacher Samuel Johnson.
“When we moved to Windermere I came with my parents to Winter Garden town center for a walk, and as soon as I saw the school I knew I had to go,” said De Oliveira. “I found out that the owner, Jorge Cid, is Venezuelan, and the school and I clicked immediately.”
The De Oliveira family moved in 2019 to the United States from Venezuela. They lived in Osceola before coming in 2020 to Windermere.
The young singer said moving to a new country was difficult and she often felt lonely. However, music was his therapy and his outlet.
“I want people to feel the songs,” De Oliveira said. “That’s my goal. To communicate and share experiences.
De Oliveira said she was joking with Cid about working at school, but he decided to accept her offer.
As a songwriter, singer and producer, Cid said he recognized his talent easily.
“To see a young girl grow with her dedication and commitment to our school is a great achievement,” said Cid. “Nowadays, when the music is so damaged, that’s basically what we’re looking for in our school. Saving good music, and with Mariangel and a lot of other very young kids, that’s what happens.
While at school, De Oliveira learned a host of skills, including how to breathe during vocal performances and how to control his voice. She now hopes to pass on these skills to her own students.
Although she has only been teaching for a week, the young singer loves it.
“It’s amazing,” she said. “I appreciate it so much. I never thought I would be the first here, but I’m so grateful. I want the kids to have fun and be happy, but also to learn a lot.
Tatiana Cuence, the school’s chief executive, said the organization looks for teachers who fit the culture of the school and that age is not a factor when selecting the most suitable professional. competent and most experienced.
“We may want to change this idea of having super structured, old-fashioned classes,” she said. “Theory is a need in music, but you can make it fun. And if you can create an environment where kids can explore their creativity, I think you get a better reward.
Cuence said De Oliveira is not only an excellent teacher, but also a motivation and a hero for other students.
Cid said he was passionate about the business – not just for the money but also, and above all, for the culture. He said his vision was to create a safe place where musicians could explore their talents beyond the classroom.
The school offers private lessons for all ages, a recording studio, instrument rentals, retail store, workshop, and rehearsal rooms.
Music has been part of De Oliveira’s life since she started her lessons in Venezuela at the age of 5.
Although it was difficult to move to a new area, the school provided her with a community she didn’t know she needed but could never leave. School taught her not only skills, but also to love herself.
“I’m still in touch with all the people here,” she said. “Here, we are a family.
The young singer spent countless hours practicing playing in school and is now focusing on a new goal: songwriting.
De Oliveira said she started learning the piano a few months ago, which teaches her the knowledge of harmony she needs to write songs and put music together.
She is currently working on the development of her first single, with the help of Cid.
“When you like it, it’s easy,” she says. “You just put time into it, and that’s it.”
De Oliveira sings in Spanish and English, focusing on romantic and sad songs, and drawing inspiration from artists such as Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Servando y Florentino and Ricardo Arjona.
Although she is the only person passionate about music in her family, she shared that her father, Juan De Oliveira, and her mother, Adriana Andrade, always supported her in all her dreams, whatever her path.
“My mom always says, ‘If you like it, keep doing it,'” she says.
De Oliveira plans to pursue music in college, possibly starting in Valencia to study music production, with the goal of studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Although she also has a passion for literature, poetry, reading and writing, De Oliveira knows she is on the right track for her future.
“I can’t see myself doing anything else,” she says of the music.
The young star will perform with his rock lab at Fridays on the Plaza in October in downtown Winter Garden.
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