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Making Change Through Music

My mission is to create a positive impact on society through music. It all began when I started giving small piano recitals in senior homes and hospitals at the age of ten or eleven. Seeing the reactions of my listeners after each performance opened my eyes to the power of music and the importance of giving back to the community through it.

In order to fulfill my dream, I practise long hours to be the best musician that I can be. I am currently studying at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec, and I was previously a full-scholarship student at the Taylor Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. On average, I practise at least six hours a day. In addition to classical piano training, I also take courses in other musical subjects, such as theory, history, and ear training, to deepen my understanding of the music I play. I have also participated in Domaine Forget’s Summer Music Academy in Québec and in the Banff Centre’s Szekely Rolston Program for Young Musicians.

I am now twenty years old, and I have just finished my first year in university. I have spent the past nine years furthering my mission of contributing to my community through music. In addition to continuing with my local performances here in Québec City, two years ago I started my own charitable organization, Musicians’ Dream Aid, which offers financial aid to aspiring young musicians, through annual scholarships in support of music education. In addition to awarding scholarships, we also host other activities such as concerts, workshops, and competitions in order to make music more accessible to the community. I also created a website, Young Artists 4 Change, which helps young artists make a difference in their communities through all forms of art.

I believe that every life has a purpose, and I know that mine is making change through music.

Musicians’ Dream Aid website: MusiciansDreamAid.org

 

About the Filmmaker
Submitted by Naoko Sakata

Naoko Sakata is pursuing her undergraduate studies in piano performance at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec in the class of Suzanne Beaubien. Naoko is also the founder and executive director of Musicians’ Dream Aid.

Filmmaker’s Website: MusiciansDreamAid.org

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