Lucas Clark, San Jose, California

“I’ve realized a lot about music and interacted though music in a unique way through In the Groove. The game is basically an American spinoff of Dance Dance Revolution. There are four arrows — up, down, left right — and you step on the arrows to the beat of the music. That game was originallyContinue reading “Lucas Clark, San Jose, California”

Max Amend, San Jose, California

“Someone mentioned to me recently that music is a universal language and that really resonated with me. I take Spanish at my school, so I know what it means to study a language. I also know what it means to comprehend the technicalities of the musical language. Music is beyond the technicalities though; when youContinue reading “Max Amend, San Jose, California”

Kailyn Fong, Concord, California

“I remember hearing my dad playing piano. I loved it, and I wanted to do just what he was doing. So in 5th grade, I finally enrolled in piano lessons. I was operating under the delusion that I would be able to play as well as him as soon as I started. It was notContinue reading “Kailyn Fong, Concord, California”

Richard C. Alston, East Orange, New Jersey

“I began music lessons literally when I came home from the hospital as an infant because my grandmother was a pianist, a soprano, and a music teacher. Shortly after I came home from the hospital as an infant, my mother, who was a registered nurse, went back to work, so Nana was taking care ofContinue reading “Richard C. Alston, East Orange, New Jersey”

Gertty Boone, Rocky Ridge, Arizona

“Navajo music is something that is really meaningful to me. I grew up in a household with a grandma and grandpa who are traditional so Navajo music was always playing, mostly for entertainment. Music traditionally for Navajo is to help treat illnesses or just for us to get through obstacles. It is pretty common toContinue reading “Gertty Boone, Rocky Ridge, Arizona”

Sujay Panthulu, Cupertino, California

“Music means a lot of things. For one, it’s an outlet for me to just create and explore. I really enjoy trying to create music in a certain style or sometimes even in no specific style. Music is also a way to escape sometimes the problems we face. When I sit at the piano, playContinue reading “Sujay Panthulu, Cupertino, California”

Aila, San Jose, California

“It’s always kind of not-so-fun when I first start playing a piece because you look at the piece and you think, ‘This is really hard and will take a lot of work.’ But then after I kept playing, it felt so good to be able to finish a piece. It helped me realize that ifContinue reading “Aila, San Jose, California”

Kaveri Iyer, Sunnyvale, California

“When I grew up, my parents wanted us to keep some of our Indian culture and traditions with us, and we decided to do that through the performing arts. My sister chose a form of dance called Kathak, which is from India, but I wasn’t really the dancing type. So I chose to do HindustaniContinue reading “Kaveri Iyer, Sunnyvale, California”

Leeya Howley, San Jose, California

“My musical journey started off a lot like the average South Bay Area kid’s — I was forced into learning the piano by my parents when I was 5. Every day I had to be reminded to play, argued with my brother over who had to practice first, and looked to the clock every fewContinue reading “Leeya Howley, San Jose, California”

Jaden Fong, Concord, California

“Music is an idea that everyone, no matter how different, can relate to. It lets me convey anything I want to anyone I meet, and it can make the listener feel the same thing I’m trying to convey. Music is a way of communicating with people. It’s something that isn’t dependent on similarities. One couldContinue reading “Jaden Fong, Concord, California”