Teen Expands Musical Horizons

Clubhouse Showcase 2013 120_imgsize“I want to be able to be a role model to others about not giving up on their dreams and knowing that they can go as far as they allow themselves to go.”

For Jami, age 16, music quickly and deeply became a part of her life as soon as she started attending the Music Clubhouse. At first, she was timid and unsure of her musical ability, but in just a matter of months, she was performing her own original songs for others!

Of course, this transformation didn’t come without a tremendous amount of drive and determination. Early on, Jami expressed the desire to grow musically. She took voice lessons and eventually became a part of the Clubhouse vocal ensemble. Then, she wanted more.

She expanded her musical range by studying guitar and writing music. “I just wanted to expand my horizons and not be limited in music,” says Jami. She also showed her commitment by having perfect attendance at her lessons and ensemble rehearsals, arriving early and staying until it was time to close the building. “I have learned the value of responsibility through making sure to arrive on time for lessons and following through with performance commitments. I pay attention in lessons in order to take in as much musical knowledge as possible.”

By the end of her first semester, Jami was performing her own songs for an audience. More importantly, says the Music Clubhouse Director, “Jami has become a role model for her peers, who all want to either work with her or perform with her.”

Jami is proud of being a positive influence on other youth in the program. “I want to be able to be a role model to others about not giving up on their dreams and knowing that they can go as far as they allow themselves to go.”

Jami is still progressing and performing regularly in front of audiences, including at an Open Mic night where she spontaneously joined the Music Clubhouse staff in a performance. Needless to say, the Clubhouse staff is very proud of her.

“Jami is a lovely young woman with much to offer the world with her music,” says the Music Clubhouse Director. “She has brought me to tears with the depth of feeling she puts into performing pieces she has written and performed. I look forward to seeing her continue to grow musically and share it with others.”