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IDY TALKS – Ashley Leung

Music Major Ashley Leung began her Idy Talk by handing her violin to a member of the audience and asking her to play it. Of course, the baffled woman could barely hold the instrument. “Not as easy as it looks,” chided Ashley who, after retrieving her instrument, did, indeed, make it look easy. Ashley then talked about her journey, as a ninth-grade music student, from her home in Hong Kong to Idyllwild and the academy, and the growth that migration has produced, both musically and culturally. Ashley’s concern for others is the very definition of Art in Society –  “Each year, I invite four or five students who attend Idyllwild Arts to come with me to teach music and art to underprivileged students in my native country.”

Called “Teach Music for China,” its mission statement captures Ashley’s personal goal of offering music instruction in areas where it is not readily available. “Our mission statement is ‘to enrich and cultivate music education as a form of self-expression in an underprivileged school in China. Music is a powerful tool to transform lives.’”