“Laura has al­ways been a hard worker!”

J-14 - - Cover Story -

Laura Marano may just be get­ting started with her pro­fes­sional mu­sic ca­reer, but the truth is, she’s been tak­ing pi­ano lessons since she was 9 years old! And for the past 11 years, she’s counted on her teacher Mr. Young Rid­dle to help her mas­ter the pi­ano! “In lessons, she’s al­ways nicely fo­cused on the work at hand,” Mr. Rid­dle tells J-14. So while you may be used to the bub­bly and goofy Laura we all know and love, when it comes time to learn, she’s no class chat­ter­box! In­stead, she puts her whole heart into learn­ing new mu­sic to play — it’s her pas­sion! “She doesn’t re­sist hard work,” Mr. Rid­dle says. “She en­joys mu­sic and en­joys learn­ing … a win­ning com­bi­na­tion!” And no mat­ter how dif­fi­cult the les­son, Laura has al­ways taken on the chal­lenge with a smile on her face — even if there is a ma­jor ob­sta­cle in the way. “Her ear­li­est pi­ano had a cen­tral key that was frus­trat­ingly stuck,” Mr. Rid­dle re­mem­bers. “It an­noyed me, but she’d al­ways just laugh and move on.” Now, as Laura takes on the chal­lenges of col­lege, act­ing and mu­sic, Mr. Rid­dle is both proud and ex­cited to see what comes next! “It’s been noth­ing short of amaz­ing see­ing Laura grow,” he smiles.

▶ The first song Mr. Rid­dle taught Laura? “Twin­kle, Twin­kle Lit­tle Star.” Laura tells us, “He in­spired me to con­tinue my ed­u­ca­tion of mu­sic!” Star stu­dent!

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