Col­lege for mu­si­cians

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - EDUCATION GUIDE -

A STU­DENT at the In­ter­na­tional Col­lege of Mu­sic ( ICOM), Lyanne Low, shares her jour­ney of mu­si­cal education:

“Mem­o­ries of days of slav­ing through scales and arpeg­gios, dread­ing sight- read­ing pieces and the thought of study­ing songs I could barely read are still vividly etched in my mind, but some­thing in­side me wanted to do ex­actly that and far more for the rest of my life.

I re­call the look of dis­be­lief on the faces of fam­ily and friends when I in­formed them that I wanted to pur­sue mu­sic pro­fes­sion­ally.

To them, I was just an­other pi­anist, just a wannabe singer, some­one who wanted to defy all log­i­cal sense and rea­son­ing for the im­pos­si­ble. Was it re­ally im­pos­si­ble? I knew that with enough zeal and pas­sion, cliche as it sounds, I would be able to achieve my dreams. This is my third and fi­nal se­mes­ter of my Foun­da­tion in Mu­sic at ICOM. It’s been al­most a year and I find my­self ask­ing, “Where did the year go?”

Ev­ery­thing seems to have passed so quickly, like it was just yes­ter­day that I set foot to reg­is­ter. The first time I stepped into ICOM was for an Open Day to visit and check out what they had to of­fer. Im­me­di­ately, I knew I wanted to be here – a place where tal­ented peo­ple with pas­sion for their craft hung out. Now, I spend al­most ev­ery wak­ing hour at ICOM – learn­ing, prac­tis­ing, cry­ing, laugh­ing and lov­ing. I have seen a ma­jor growth in my­self that I never ex­pected. I’m def­i­nitely far from be­ing the best per­former, but be­ing in an en­vi­ron­ment with so much mo­ti­va­tion to be the best has cer­tainly brought me far.

I am in con­stant thanks to all my peers and se­niors who al­ways have a word of ad­vice to give or ex­pe­ri­ence to share. I also owe it to the amaz­ing fac­ulty at ICOM who con­sis­tently share their cri­tique and push me to be more than I could ever be on my own. I love the di­ver­sity at ICOM that makes this place unique – both in the peo­ple and the mu­si­cal styles. I have learnt much from peo­ple com­ing from dif­fer­ent parts of Malaysia and the world.

Peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cul­tures and back­grounds have opened my eyes to mu­si­cal styles that I never knew would in­ter­est me, and how their cul­ture or lan­guage seeps into their mu­sic, mak­ing it their own. It is an en­light­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to be sur­rounded by tal­ented mu­si­cians, some clas­si­cally trained ( both western and east­ern) while oth­ers are self- taught. Each has a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to their mu­sic.

I've ex­pe­ri­enced so much at ICOM in less than a year than I have ex­pe­ri­enced in my en­tire mu­si­cal life. I re­ceived many op­por­tu­ni­ties in per­for­mance and writ­ing projects that I didn’t think it was pos­si­ble when I was in high school, from singing for a se­nior’s Fri­day Per­for­mance on the first week of col­lege to many open mic ses­sions to be­ing able to be a part of ICOM’s re­cent Trib­ute to Snarky Puppy and even the chance to per­form at the Pe­nang In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val last year.

Now, to be pro­duced by one of ICOM’s finest or­ches­tra­tors as a writer for my very own EP, I count my­self ex­tremely blessed. Th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties have en­riched my education at ICOM, giv­ing me the chance to net­work with other pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians in the in­dus­try.

From a timid, stressed out girl in my first se­mes­ter, ICOM has not only made me more ma­ture mu­si­cally, but also built my self- es­teem and con­fi­dence. It's not over yet but at ICOM, I’ve found my­self in a won­der­ful mu­si­cal jour­ney that I can­not wait to con­tinue.

I know I have made the right choice in choos­ing ICOM as a step­ping stone to my fu­ture mu­si­cal ca­reer, with a cur­ricu­lum rigour that pro­vides in­dus­try- rel­e­vant con­tent and knowl­edge to spur me in ar­eas such as per­for­mance, writ­ing, pro­duc­tion, ar­rang­ing and more.

If you are any­thing like me be­fore my ICOM ex­pe­ri­ence, I strongly rec­om­mend that you check out the pro­grammes at ICOM. It’s an in­vest­ment that pays it­self.”

ICOM of­fers pro­grammes rang­ing from cer­tifi­cate to un­der­grad­u­ates de­grees in mu­sic, au­dio and mu­sic busi­ness.

In­ter­ested ap­pli­cants may con­tact the ad­mis­sions of­fice at 03- 4023 6000 or ad­mis­sions@ icom. edu. my to reg­is­ter for any of the pro­grammes. An ICOM stu­dent is one who is mu­si­cally tal­ented, ar­tic­u­late, driven and se­ri­ous about mak­ing mu­sic a ca­reer. If th­ese char­ac­ter­is­tics de­scribe you, ICOM wants to dis­cover you.

Low has learnt much from peo­ple com­ing from dif­fer­ent parts of Malaysia and the world at IcOM.

Al­lied’s pro­gramme is one of the most com­pre­hen­sive in its class, match­ing the ba­sic re­quire­ments of the depart­ment of civil Avi­a­tion – Malaysia.

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