If you have any goldfish crackers, share some with Avery Smith– it’s her favorite food. This bright and bubbly 13 year old takes piano lessons and flute lessons at Harris. Her flute instructor, Sherri Brouillette, says, “Avery is very fun to work with and I really enjoy having her in lessons. She has a great sense of humor and is extremely smart with many musical interests, including music history, ukulele, and flute.”
Avery is learning an important lesson all musicians learn at some point – it’s okay to make mistakes! Avery’s piano instructor, Vicki Harris, says she and Avery share some similar qualities. “We want to always put our best forward…making mistakes doesn’t always fare so well internally.”
“Avery has come a thousand miles over the last two years,” Vicki continues, “in simply relaxing, enjoying the music and ‘going with the flow.’ As a result, she has grown so much in her playing. The confidence she has developed has made her become such a stronger player. I am really proud of her and the progress she’s made!”
When she’s not learning life lessons at Harris, Avery makes breakfast for her family every weekend morning (hey, we’ll hire her!). She also enjoys playing volleyball, traveling, shopping, reading, and skiing. Help us congratulate Avery on being named our December Student of the Month!
More about Avery:
What other instruments do you play?
Ukulele and singing
How long have you taken lessons?
Piano for 5 years and flute for 2 years
What are your favorite songs?
“Fools Gold” by Fitz and the Tantrums
“Paper Doll” by John Mayer
What is something new and exciting you have learned in lessons lately?
That people are more accepting of you when you make mistakes
What are your goals with music lessons?
To be okay with making mistakes
What is one of your favorite recital or performance memories?
I sang and played guitar to the song “Mean” by Taylor Swift
What is your favorite quote?
“It’s not the mountains we conquer but ourselves.”
What do you think is the best movie of all time?
What is a book everyone should read?
“Every Day” by David Levithan
Avery sharing the love of music with her dog, Jagger: