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”

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”

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”

Jadis Chen, Los Gatos, California

“My musical journey began at the age of seven when I was still dabbling in all sorts of different activities. At the time, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, and piano felt like an “off to the side” part-time activity. I was still taking lessons, but practicing for long hours sounded likeContinue reading “Jadis Chen, Los Gatos, California”

Kate Hsiung, Saratoga, California

“To me, music is the first thing that I turn to when I need to find ways to express how I am feeling. Listening to music creates a different atmosphere, so powerful in the way that just by listening to one song, it can make me feel so many different emotions at once. It isContinue reading “Kate Hsiung, Saratoga, California”

Josephine Chou, Saratoga, California

“To me, music is a form of expression and healing. I was a shy and extremely quiet middle schooler; I did not have many friends nor was I confident. Because I found it difficult to express myself using words, I turned to music to ease my pain and struggles. While playing piano, I was inContinue reading “Josephine Chou, Saratoga, California”

Ajay Gupta, Saratoga, California

“I started playing piano when I was maybe three or four and had lessons once a week. Then I stopped when I joined band from seventh grade to sophomore year, and I never really played the piano then because I had marching band and private saxophone lessons. I quit band after sophomore year, and IContinue reading “Ajay Gupta, Saratoga, California”

Louise Osborne, Lake Almanor, California

“I was born in 1945, so around 1946 to 1952, we would go every summer from Ohio to Colorado because we had a cabin in the mountains. That was a long trip. We didn’t have car radios, let alone computers or ways to listen to music, so my father would sing. He made up funnyContinue reading “Louise Osborne, Lake Almanor, California”