Ryan Cayabyab shares tips on how to nur­ture po­ten­tial in kids

Ryan Cayabyab has been men­tor­ing tal­ents for decades now, many of them be­com­ing forces to reckon with in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By CHRISTELLE JOYCE F. PEREZ

Ryan Cayabyab has been men­tor­ing tal­ents for decades now, many of them be­com­ing forces to reckon with in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

In an in­ter­view, he said that while learn­ing never stops and that it hap­pens in all stages in life, it is best to start them young.

“La­hat ng bata may kanya kanyang tal­ino. It’s im­por­tant na bata palang mabi­gyan na sila ng di­reksyon o train­ing,” the es­teemed com­poser said. “Nanini­wala ako sa ed­u­ca­tion eh. Im­por­tante na sumali siya sa class, sa choir, the­ater, dance group, o banda; na makasama siya sa isang club na pare-pareho ng pag-iisip dahil matu­tuto siya mag­ing team player. Matu­tuto siyang mag­ing aware, ‘Uy na­ga­gawa niya ’yun, mas ma­g­a­gawa ko nang mas mahusay.’”

But first, the par­ents must be able to rec­og­nize the po­ten­tial in their child.

“’Yung mga par­ents alam nila, na­pa­pansin nila ’yun. Made-de­tect nila agad ka­pag, ‘Itong batang ’to ang aga palang ku­makanta na at nasa tono,’ ’Yun ’yung unang in­di­ca­tion,” Cayabyab said.

He warned that forc­ing a kid to do some­thing against his will won’t yield good re­sults.

“Hindi im­por­tante na pip­il­itin namin sila na mag­ing mu­si­cian – hindi ’yun ang point ng train­ing.”

We in­ter­viewed Cayabyab at the recital of the i-Shine Tal­ent Camp 6 held last May 11 at Kia Theatre. The sum­mer camp of­fers workshops for arts, dance, mu­sic and en­gi­neer­ing with the help of the best men­tors in the field. Along with Cayabyab are Teacher Geor- celle Da­pat-Sy of G-Force, Teacher Robert Ale­jan­dro and Teacher Lei Sta. Maria.

To us, some of the kids who joined the camp seemed too young. Or is that so?

“Kung masyado pa silang maliit, ang im­por­tante ma-ex­pe­ri­ence lang nila ’yun. I-en­joy lang nila ’yun, hindi sila pip­il­itin,” Mr. C ex­plained. “If you no­ticed, may group of chil­dren na hindi sila sanay in front of the crowd. ’Yung iba sanay sila kasi bago sila puma­sok sa camp na-ex­pose na sila ng mga mag­u­lang nila.” “Dahil ’yung mga mag­u­lang nila nanini­wala sa pro­gram,” he added. “Na mas nabuk­san ’yung isip nila (kids) dahil nakasama sila sa gani­tong klaseng ac­tiv­ity.” The mae­stro as­sessed the kids’ per­for­mance at the recital. “Parang ang ta­gal na nila nagpe-per­form,” he lauded. “I want them to con­tinue train­ing if they can. At the same time, re­mem­ber what they learned and be­come very good cit­i­zens of this coun­try.”

Price­less mo­ments

The tal­ent camp was such a mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the at­ten­dees. The par­ents beamed with pride and shed tears of joy see­ing their kids, as the name of the camp puts it, shine. For Mr. C, the most un­for­get­table mo­ment was to “see them en­joy­ing and at the same per­form so well.” He re­called some of the good times he had with the kids. “Para akong si Santa Claus, ‘Mr. C! Mr. C!’ Para akong ma­hal na ma­hal na lolo, kasi la­hat sila lumalapit sa’kin,” Mr. C said, laugh­ing. “Ka­hapon, nag­u­lat ako kasi nagse-selfie ako sa kanila. Ta­pos may isang batang lumapit sabi niya, ‘I love you po.’” Awww, these kids’ pure and innocent love.

Valu­ing train­ing

Mr. C is be­hind the renowned The Mu­sic School of Ryan Cayabyab where kids, teens and adults hone their tal­ents.

“We never give schol­ar­ships in our school eh. What we do is we en­cour­age them to look for spon­sors,” Mae­stro said. “Kasi hindi na­man ma­hal.”

“Train­ing is not for free be­cause if it’s free, me­dyo bin­a­bale­wala na nila ’yun,” he ex­plained. “When they have to pay for some­thing, it is an im­por­tant de­ci­sion of their par­ents to come up with that kind of money. At least sila, mare-re­in­force nila ’yung kani­lang mga anak na, ‘Galin­gan mo, husayan mo.’”

RYAN CAYABYAB

SOME OF the mu­sic campers with Ryan and mu­sic teach­ers

TEACHER GEORCELLE, Ryan sing ‘Shine’

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