Where did you get your passion for music?

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Where did you get your passion for music?

Angelina Torseth, Staff Writer

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Under the able direction of choir teacher Megan Lizama, orchestra and band teachers Jacob Scherr and Omar Ordonez, MVHS music program has inspired students to reach for their passion.

“Passion is something you can impart onto others and is something you can share with others,” said Ordonez.

The musicians interviewed claimed music is not only their passion, but also it gives them a personal connection. “When I sing, or dance I feel free, when I get anxiety, it [music] helps me relax and get lost in the song and its meaning,” said student Cece Novello.

The desire to follow a musical path comes from many different inspirations.

Lizama described how she was first inspired to follow her musical path. “When I was five, I was in a singing group called, ‘Tia’s Quacker Tunes’, and the lady who directed it performed at different places and we were her backup singers, basically. She told my mom I could sing and should audition for a choir. I don’t think, if she hadn’t done that, I would have necessarily ended up doing music, because I don’t come from a musical family; and who knows if I would have figured it out on my own,” said Lizama.

Music can bring out the best in people. Going to choir concerts is entertaining, but there is a bigger picture. Music brings people together.

“I think the most important thing I teach kids is to work together and to work hard towards a goal. I don’t think it’s just specific to music, but I think it’s something music allows students to do,” claims Lizama.

Choir student Hannah Brayer agrees, saying “Music brings people together, even if you never grow up to do rock and roll you can always take something out of the music classes. Leadership, responsibility, individual accountability, and social skills.”

Choosing a career in music is sometimes seen as being risky. However, if that’s truly what you love then you should, in the words of Shia LaBeouf, just do it; don’t let your dreams be dreams.

“What I tell my students is ‘if you can’t imagine yourself doing anything but music then you have to major in music, ” said Lizama.

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One Response to “Where did you get your passion for music?”

  1. Tia Cohen , founder and president of Quacker Tunes inc. / www.quackertunes.com on August 16th, 2017 11:38 am

    I just want to thank Megan Lazama and you for sharing this
    important message to students,
    parents and the world.

    Music is the universal language that motivates us to live our lives fully.
    Thank You to Ms.Lazama and all music teachers everywhere for inspiring our children
    to make the world a better place!

    I was so thrilled to find this article and actually get to see Megan and meet her beautiful children…our next generation of happy healthy musicians!

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