Berklee City Music Boston Student Spotlight – Danny Rivera

Name: Danny Rivera
Grade: 11th
School: Boston Arts Academy
Instrument: Voice

How long have you been with City Music:

I’ve been in City Music for two years now. This summer will be my 3rd five-week.

Who are your musical influences?

I really love Frank Ocean, Sampha, Solange, Hiatus Kaiyote, Johnnyswim, Thundercat, and Thirdstory.

What are your goals/dreams for the future?

I want to become a professional musician and tour singing. I’d also be interested in teaching music, or entering into the music/songwriting business.

What is your favorite thing(s) about City Music?

It’s a diverse open community, not only in physical appearance (skin, race, etc) but also in tastes and styles of music.

Are you in a band? If so, tell us a little about your band:

No, but I do some gigs where I share my music as a solo artist, which is a privilege. I love being able to write and sing what’s in my heart.

What kind of tips/strategies do you have for your peers thinking about applying for City Music?

If music is something you want to pursue and you want to take your craft seriously, invest and take advantage of every opportunity you can get. It’s only what you make it, so try everything and continue to shed. Use the library, practice rooms, and network! That’s the most important thing to do.

What steps have you taken to improve your music skills?

I shed. Every day I work on developing a more advanced, mature tone quality and making the best of what I have to offer. It’s vital to find the thing that you’re good at as well as acknowledging your weaknesses and continuing to work on your craft daily.

How does your involvement in music affect your other day-to-day activities?

I’m a musician first. If I wasn’t involved in music I don’t know what I would be doing with my life. There’s not one day that I’m not singing or not having a vocal tech class, whether private lesson or with an ensemble. I’m always singing!

Do you have a teacher/instructor that has inspired you?

Nichelle Mungo, Imani Wilson, David Alexis are all hardworking musicians who have not only taught me musically, but they have also poured into me spiritually. They teach me new things every day and when I mess up they help pick me up and tell me what I can continue to work on.

What has your experience been like being on the student committee and your recent performance at the David Friend Recital Hall, “Vibe of the Night?”

It was awesome!  I had numerous responsibilities/roles that kept me very busy and were somewhat stressful,  but it was worth it. Jennie.O killed it! I got lots of compliments on my original music from the group of people who played with me which was very encouraging to hear!


One thought on “Berklee City Music Boston Student Spotlight – Danny Rivera

  1. I began to follow Danny on social media after he performed in his HS play ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and of course he was the Oz! This young man is amazing! His singing and songwriting ability always impresses me. Keep up the good work Danny! People like me are watching and routing for your success!

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