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13 Year Old Mozart Sings Time After Time

March 31, 2014




beautiful 13 year old Mozart singing Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper

MOZART SINGS

We are so proud of 13 year old Mozart who just did her first singing showcase which had an 80's theme so she sang Time After Time. She added curly hair, fashionista clothes and Cyndi Lauper/Eva Cassidy dazzle to this award winning, classic Pop song.

Travel teen Mozart is singer, songwriter, musician and linguist


BRAVE ARTIST - JUST 5 LESSONS

Many of you have been asking for this singing video, so we decided to put it up, even though she has only had 5 voice lessons and is at the beginning of building this craft and art form. All voices do not reach maturity until one's 20's to 30's.

MOZART'S SINGING PERFORMANCE

Thankfully, her training in violin, piano and advanced music theory ( even with our RTW travel life) helps support her passion for singing, but like most things with kids, it is a work in progress.

SHE HOPES YOU ENJOY THIS SONG!



SUPPORTING PASSIONS

As a homeschooling/unschooling/ worldschooling family, we are all about supporting her choices and following her lead and right now her biggest passions are singing, songwriting, music, dancing, public speaking, and acting.

She has the added advantage that she can do this in three fluent languages as her biggest goal is to change the world.

MOZART'S 4 OCTAVE RANGE

We've just learned that she has a 4 octave range which is very unusual for a 13 year old, or really anyone and certainly to her advantage.

WHAT IS NORMAL OCTAVE RANGE?

( Normally an untrained voice has a vocal range of about one and one-half octaves, while most trained singers have at least two usable octaves as training can expand a voice, though it is rare to have 4 usable octaves, especially this young).

Mozart travel teen and singer/songwriter and musician

VOCAL OCTAVE RANGES OF CURRENT SINGING STARS

To put it into perspective here are some vocal ranges for various singers: Britney Spears has 2 octaves, Madonna has 1 1/2 octaves, Alicia Keys 3 octaves, Jennifer Lopez has a 2 octave range, Kelly Clarkson has 3, Christina Aguilera has 4 etc.  Octave range is just one aspect of singing (ie Aretha Franklin has a 3 octive range and Whitney Houston 5, but both had amazing voices in their prime).

MY RANGE AND EXPERIENCE

Back in the day, I did some vocal training in NYC with an awesome coach who taught many stars on Broadway, so found out I have a 3 1/2 octave range. ( I didn't do it for singing, but to improve my speaking voice which needed to go from a Jackio-O-type-whisper...due to trauma... to my full capacities for stage acting.) Thus, I know first-hand the value of a great teacher when it comes to voice.


RTW Travel teen Mozart taking a selfie in the Tulips

WHY DALLAS?

Many of you wondered why we came to Dallas from Asia. According to a book I just happened to read, (about brain development and learning), the best teachers in the world for both singing and also classical violin, are in Dallas, thus it seemed like a logical next step to explore these opportunities. ( Actually, the strings musical school was in New York, but its primary violin teacher lives here).

EDUCATIONAL ADVANTAGES TO A TRAVEL LIFESTYLE

Our travel lifestyle has always been led by Mozart's educational needs. We travel to places that enrich her whether that is learning Spanish in Spain, making her film debut in Croatia,  learning Mandarin in China, exploring the Grand Canyon, Harry Potter's World, or Santa Fe, learning to play the didgeridoo in Australiaswimming with dolphins in Portugal or what ever can help enrich her and expand her consciousness.

Travel teen Mozart singing

FINDING MANDARIN AND SPANISH SPEAKING COMMUNITIES

There is also a Mandarin-speaking Chinese community here and a Spanish-speaking Hispanic community, so she can continue with her language development as well. She continues teaching her 3 languages onine and in person.

MOZART'S MANY WELL-ROUNDED INTERESTS HERE

Mozart has joined a Spanish-speaking Girl Scout troop here and is working on a STEM project for a badge with a University of Texas professor, has connected to an award-winning Mandarin-speaking violinist and conductor about joining a youth orchestra, is taking a songwriting class, giving a travel speech soon for the Dallas Public  Libraries, dissected a fruit-fly larva in a chromosome experiment at the fabulous Perot Museum of Nature and Science, is taking fencing, learned some science at Dallas Arboretum etc.,....so she continues her well-rounded interests.

Mozart singing a POP classic

COMING OF AGE PROCESS FOR TEEN AND PARENTS

I am finding it fascinating that as our Mozart blossoms in her teen years, we parents are also going through a "coming of age" new phase as we try to figure out ways to support her and keep an open mind without any preconcieved ideas about her journey to adulthood, allowing and trusting her passions to lead the way.

Travel teen Mozart is a globetrotting  fashionista

GIVING A TEEN MANY OPPORTUNITIES

As we have always done, we try to support her passions, give her many different opportunities to learn, grow and explore different ways of being. As non-singing, non-musical-instrument-playing parents, it's been an interesting and wild ride lately, but we are grateful we decided to take this risk and lean into the unique experiences available here.

Mozart singing a tender song

FOREIGN OR NOT

As we excitedly plan our homeschool family trip to Europe soon, we also see that exploring Dallas and the opportunities here, has been as rewarding ( and sometimes overwhelming) as visiting any foreign country, as we adventure into these new waters of adolescence and the surprises they bring to all of us.

MORE KID THAN WOMAN

Despite the "big hair" look and mascara for performance, Mozart is still more kid than woman ( the clothes she wears are only 7/8 or 9/10 in kids sizes, though growing lightning fast now, over 5 foot and occasionally fitting into XS women's clothes). I find it is mind-blowing in some ways, as a mother, to see the babe I carried in my womb and breastfed, is now blossoming into womanhood.

BLOSSOMING TIME

It is almost as if she is turning into those Uffitzi Botticelli paintings she loved as a child like Birth of Venus and Spring and I just stand back in awe at this whole process and pray we are making the highest choices with her.

Perhaps it is because I am an older mom or because she is an "only", or maybe this is just normal for parenting a new teen in these fast moving "launching" years as they prepare for college and careers. I sometimes wonder how people do this with more than one.

travel teen Mozart exploring

PERFECT SONG CHOICE

Out of all the 80's songs she had to pick from, I am glad she chose this one as it seems aprapos on so many levels. As parents we are always here for her and hope to teach her to listen to the Spirit within, her inner guidance... which will always catch her and wait for her and support her.

If you're lost you can look--and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you--I'll be waiting
Time after time

Travel teen Mozart singing and feeling the music

MOZART'S UPCOMING PERFORMANCES AND SONGS

Mozart is working on a current hit, up-tempo, Pop song now for another "live" showcase in May at a popular music performance venue in Dallas, as well as writing new songs she will perform soon. She might peform in Mandarin too with the Chinese community here.

MANDARIN POP SONGS, POP AND CLASSIC PIE JESU

We hope to get her first paid singing gig ( at a large Chinese wedding in Asia - a Mandarin song), up soon on our Youtube Channel as well as Pie Jesu that she sang at her recital at the International school in Asia and the Mandarin Pop song that she sang in her Chinese High School in Asia singing contest where she was the youngest finalist and won a trophy.

CREATIVE UNSCHOOL AND PARENTING QUESTIONS

What do you think about this new adventure? Have you found parenting and homeschool takes on new colors when your kids hit their teens? Any advice about supporting an artistic teen? How do you support kids in areas you know little about?

MOZART WON HER 1ST MUSIC AWARD!!

Bronze performance award
OMG! She just won an A&R Award for best performance on her first cover song!!

"Congratulations! You have received a prestigious BEAT100 A&R Award. BEAT100 only gives these awards to selected individuals for their exceptional achievement. Our music video awards targets musical talent directly ensuring that the most talented artists, bands or musicians are the most rewarded for uploading well-written original music or songs, for displaying a strong vocal/musical performance, or for uploading an overall high-quality and well produced video."

Icing on the cake, eh?

COMMENTS FROM FACEBOOK

For some reason we get a LOT more comments and conversation on Facebook than here, but they disappear fast due to other posts,  so I am going to put them here for Mozart to keep forever:

Maggie Robinson :)) I follow you guys and know there's no end to her talents, but as much as the languages and instruments can be mostly taught, the singing.. ( this is coming from a person who cracks bathroom mirrors when her voice fills the room..) the singing is a pure talent. It's great you guys realised is so early and that she wants to develop it
Maggie Robinson ..also, great choice of song, love it
Margaret Sch She sounds and looks soooooooooooo much more mature than her years!!!
March 28 at 10:55am · Unlike · 1

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abluepatronus

Congrats!! :)

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Thanks so much Abbie!1

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