Teen of the Week: Miller loves making music

Belpre High School 8th-grader Natalie Miller is this week’s Teen of the Week. (Photo by Michael Erb)

BELPRE – Belpre High School 8th-grader Natalie Miller loves to make music and hopes to someday turn that passion into a career.

“I want to be a musician,” she said. “I just want to perform, to make people happy.”

Miller, 14, said she doesn’t know whether she wants to be a full-time musician or perhaps a music teacher, but either way she knows she wants to play.

“I play clarinet, piano, violin and ukulele,” she said. “I like all of them. I think ukulele is more of a fun instrument because I don’t have lessons, but in terms of the ones I have lessons in, I like the violin a lot. And I do sing.”

Miller plays clarinet in concert band, but said while she’d like to try marching band, she doesn’t think it would fit into her hectic schedule. She also has a passion for art and writing.

“I am busy all the time,” she said. “I have something going every day.”

Miller is often on the school honor roll as she pushes herself to do well academically.

“I try to get all A’s. I’m a perfectionist,” she said. “I want it to be A’s. When you have good grades you have a better chance of getting into a good college, and I want to achieve that.”

Miller volunteers at the Belpre Landing senior center, and says getting to know new people is a passion of hers.

“It’s a great place to meet new people. I love the people there, they are so nice,” she said. “I love that place.”

Miller said she was inspired by a contestant on America’s Got Talent, 12-year-old Grace VanderWaal who wowed the judges with her singing and ukulele skills.

“I really got into music after I saw Grace VanderWaal,” Miller said. “I thought she was so cool. I just wanted to be like her.”

Closer to home, Miller said she often finds inspiration in those around her.

“I look up to a lot of my friends, younger and older,” she said. “They’re actually pretty mature for their age. They make good decisions. Sometimes they might mess up, but I always try to lead them in the right direction.

“I’m not perfect,” Miller said. “I make mistakes. But to be a better person, I learn from those mistakes, and then I improve.”


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