KS: Yes, you will be playing in Syracuse at the Oncenter on April 12. We are excited to see you and I’m hoping to be able to cover the show to share with my readers.
In closing, you are the perfect example of nurturing students in school to pursue their passion. If you had a moment to sit down and talk with local school superintendents who have to trim budgets, what would you tell them about why they should keep the music programs?
QH: What I would tell them is this: We don’t want any child feeling that they aren’t good at something. Everyone is great at something. Some people are meant to be doctors, scientists, or lawyers, whereas others feel at home in the arts. By telling a child that they can’t do that, they are stifling that child and leaving them out of the same opportunities as those going into other non-arts related fields. Telling a child they can’t do something that they love can ultimately be damaging to a child. For anyone who told me I shouldn’t go this route, I did feel a little left out. Why can’t I? Growing up, everyone tells us we can be anything we want to be. It’s contradicting when you say you want to be a musician and they say, “You can’t do that.” It’s not fair, and it’s heart breaking. So we have to be the ones to raise the children up to say you can do anything you want to do. And if you love music, then go for it. If you love art, then go for it. If you want to be a doctor, go for it.
KS: Well you are a wonderful role model for all that want to pursue music. We are so happy for your success, and we know this is just the beginning for you.
Music has a silent greatness to it. Its ability to pacify anger, express emotions, tell stories, communicate beyond language barriers, and fit every person personally like a custom made piece, transcends quietly with a strength never given enough credit.
In a setting where millions of people need ways to express their individualism, music is key to doing so. In a career field that is finding its way back to listeners in new and inventive ways, these students need to nurture their passions just as much as those taking math and science courses. Not everyone is cut from the same cloth, however this bolt of fabric known as music somehow magically fits many.
Please support music education in your communities, your local musicians, and venues. Today’s students are tomorrow’s superstars. You never know if those students you see performing on the high school stage may one day be back up singers for Barry Manilow at Turning Stone or starring in a traveling Motown production as a young Diana Ross.