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February 26, 2013 > Learning with melody

Learning with melody

By Mahima Goel

Among the diversity of languages in Fremont, the language of music is a popular topic in the CBC Music Club's "Language of Music" class for adults. Hoping for a successful pilot program and a chance to spread knowledge throughout the community, director of Virtuosos International Flute Ensemble (VIFE) Judy Lam invites all adults who want to explore their interest in music, and develop a basic understanding of music so they may help their children, as well as those that just want another reason to exercise their brains.

CBC (Citizens for Better Community) is a nonprofit organization that centers on the overall well-being of Chinese Americans through community involvement. From their latest Annual Chinese New Year Celebration where they partnered up with the Fremont Main Library to their upcoming International Speech Contest at the Toastmasters Club, CBC stays true to their dream of promoting Chinese-American consciousness in the local community.

Ivy Wu, current president of CBC and member since 2004, has always thought that there was more that could be done in the community. This year, with major support from a multitude of board members and friends, she and Lam got together to create a way to strengthen the CBC membership while offering a unique perspective into music at the same time. "While many parents are willing to give their children the opportunities to learn music, they are reluctant to do it for themselves for various reasons. Judy would like to make it possible for these parents to learn music at very little cost, and at a convenient time," says Wu. Lam agrees and says, "I believe that music is a God-given universal language for us to express ourselves and to respond to Him. A musician has to tap into their humanity side to become a good musician - the technical skills don't just cover all the bases."

The class uses the approach of learning a language rather than music, thus hoping to eliminate any intimidation of learning something totally foreign. CBC makes this class possible at a minimal fee; $5 for CBC members to $40 for non-members.

Inspired by her own music teacher, Lam continues the tradition of giving back through music. VIFE's recent concerts successfully raised funds for DPAC (Deaf Plus Adult Community) and FEF (Fremont Education Foundation) After School Band Program. After graduating from UCLA and performing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, she became a prominent member of the Chinese-American community who dedicates herself to nurturing young musical talents and instilling in them moral value.

Language of Music
Tuesdays, Mar 5, 12, 19, and 26
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Fremont Chinese School
44555 S. Grimmer Blvd., Fremont
(510) 979-9263
Cost: $5 for CBC members (membership sign-up is available at the 1st session), $40 for non-members

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