DIME Detroit caught up with one of our newest students, Lizzy Berg who is studying the Commercial Music Performance (Vocals) degree program.
1.What is your background in music and education?
I started vocal training at the age of five years old and took private lessons until I was 17. I am trained in operatic/classical style, rock, pop, and blues. I have been in choirs my whole life and I was also in the Elite Jills Choir in high school. I’ve been in two bands and I have recorded a solo album and released a single with my first band. I have also recorded a whole EP with my current band. In my youth, I was in an all-girls group called Motor City melodies from age 11-13.
2.How did you find out about DIME Detroit?
I learned about DIME through Drew Schultz at a college fair at my high school. I also heard about it through a family friend, Brain Pastoria who owned a recording studio in harmony park downtown.
3.What made you choose to apply to study with us?
I think DIME Detroit is the best place for me because it’s not a traditional school. It’s very unique, and has helpful staff and friendly students. DIME fits my personality and fits the best with the way that I prefer to work and learn. DIME Detroit is very musically oriented rather than general education institutions and it’s not a classical music school.
4.What are your short and/or long-term academic and career goals?
I want to be a singer/songwriter that performs on stage, and maybe one day run a recording studio. I want to be able to take my band long term and take it all the way to the bigger stages and stadiums. I want to be able to put on a show like one of my favorite bands, Guns N’ Roses, even when I’m in my late 60s. I would like to spread a message to the world and write music based on real experiences in life to make sure people know they aren’t alone with whatever they have gone through or will go through. I want to graduate from my program at DIME Detroit so that I have a career to fall back on but in the music industry.
5.What do you find most rewarding about your studies so far?
What I find most rewarding is that it’s basically a no judgment type of attitude here at DIME Detroit and it’s a really progressive school that’s non-competitive. I really enjoy the fact that I’ve learned a lot from the classes and that I am creating music industry and student musician connections for my music.
6.What do you find most challenging about your studies and how do you plan to overcome that challenge?
What I have found the most challenging is getting 100% comfortable with the live performance workshop class. I plan to overcome it with a different mindset towards the different genres and styles.
7.Who are some of your music influences? / Who is your role model?