“I think instructors who are currently actively performing help students get a good sense of how to project oneself on a stage and, at the same time, of how to interact with or react to the audience. Having a chance to perform live at Timbre’s own venue is a great advantage for students and performing is in line with the ultimate purpose of singing — sharing emotions, memories and thoughts through music. “
Sunkyoung LEE has been a student with Timbre Music Academy for close to three years. A student under one of our prominent instructors, Mang Irama Dusqie (O.K READY!), she came to learn the skills required to sing better and found a hobby she truly enjoys.
We decided to ask her what her journey was like with Timbre Music Academy and this is what she had to say.
First, Tell us how long you have been a student at TMA?
2 years 10 months!
So, back then, when you first joined us, what is your objective for signing up at TMA? What did you look to achieve?
I wanted to learn skills to sing well, beyond enjoying singing. I was also hoping to find a hobby I can truly enjoy.
Why did you choose TMA as your choice music school?
Two colleagues of mine were already taking vocal lessons at TMA and they really liked it. I saw one of their performance on a Sunday night in 2012 and thought it was such a fantastic thing to do.
Do you feel TMA has been a nurturing enriching experience?
Absolutely. It has been more than just a hobby to me and it is therapeutic sometimes. For 45-minute class, I only think about the song I practice and how I can better express it. What was heavy in mind before arriving at school surprisingly feels light after class.
What obstacles did you have to overcome to reach this level of confidence to be able to hold the stage on your own?
It was both self-acknowledgement and self-encourage that led me to finding new type of confidence. I first had to accept the fact that singing loud was not the same as singing well, which I am still trying to improve. I also clearly figured I am not good enough to go for any K-pop audition, haha. However, I now know how much I enjoy challenging myself and building a sense of achievement after each performance. Having the fifth performance in a couple of days, I am still nervous about being on the stage but I know I will feel great after completing it.
Tell us what you think of your teacher, Mang, as a mentor?
It is such an inspiring and precious experience to work with someone like Mang who truly loves what they do. I am learning a lot from him not only vocal skills but also an attitude towards life.
So, something we do at TMA is to try to empower our students in all aspects of becoming a musician from basic teaching to platforms for real life peformances and even to building up confidence for the stage. Do you think TMA did this well?
Certainly. After my first performance, Mang and I agreed that it turned me into “Sunkyoung 2.0”. And I believe I am continuing to update myself.
Tell us what you like about TMA lessons?
I think instructors who are currently actively performing help students get a good sense of how to project oneself on a stage and, at the same time, of how to interact with or react to the audience. Having a chance to perform live at Timbre’s own venue is a great advantage for students and performing is in line with the ultimate purpose of singing — sharing emotions, memories and thoughts through music.
We would like to thank Sunkyoung for taking part in this interview and we look forward to bringing you more sharing from our students. If you are interested in coming down for lessons at Timbre Music Academy, you can sign up here. Our instructors are ready to help you take your first steps towards fulfilling your music dreams.
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