EXCITED na ang BAMStars, kinsa mga tinun-an sa Brown Academy of Music (BAM) nga gikatakdang mopasundayag sa “Just Stand Up” sa Ayala Terraces karong Hunyo 3, Sabado, 5:30 p.m. kauban ang Crystal Voice of Asia, Sheryn Regis. Ang nakanindot kay libre ug bukas ni sa publiko. Parehong naghinamhinam usab ang magtiayong Brown nga maoy tag-iya sa BAM nga naa mahimutang sa Banilad (atbang sa Country Mall) nga nipaambit sa ilang show sa mosunod natong Q and A. Adam and Anna Fegi-Brown, Ssssuper Ka!
Unsay mapaabot namo sa inyong show?
ADAM: The show features approximately 140 students as well as faculty members and our special guest, the Crystal Voice of Asia, Sheryn Regis. The students range in age from 5 years old up through adult students. Our shows are really a production similar to professional artists.
ANNA: Ang amo jung goal ni Adam pirmi kada show sa BAM nga ma-experience nila kon unsa ang professional performer. Fun siya, but there is a little pressure yet there is so much excitement. Kanang ma-feel nila nga sila jud ang stars ba.
Ngano gitawag man og Just Stand Up?
ADAM: Just Stand Up is the name of a song that will be performed during the show and was written to support the awareness of cancer and the “Stand Up to Cancer” movement in the US. It was written by Babyface and was performed by a super group of artists who came together such as Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Fergie, and many more.
ANNA: Kada interview pangutanon jud ko unsa akong ma-advice sa mga batan-on karon. Ang akong pirmi isulti: Dream BIG. Ayaw jud give up. Ampo. Dunganan sa hard work. Kanang kantaha gasulti jud sa tanan nakong gibati. Ayaw’g surrender jud. Dont give up. Maski kapoy na or naay doubts, just stand up and keep moving forward.
Ikapila na ni ninyong show?
ADAM: This is our 6th major culminating show for our students. Even before this summer batch ends, we are accepting enrollment for our next batch, which will run from June 22 until the next culminating show on September 23 at Ayala Activity Center. The theme for the June to September batch is OPM music.
ANNA: Open pirmi ang among enrollment. Pero naa mi deadline sa mo-enroll nga makaapil sa concert. Excited ko sa sunod namong theme nga OPM. Mga Bisaya songs pa lang, daghan na kaayo.
Unsay gi-offer sa inyong school?
ADAM: We offer lessons for voice, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, violin, and saxophone. We also have a separate children’s music program for ages 6 months to 5 years old called Aria Music. Those are a series of fun and interactive classes that teach music fundamentals in age appropriate ways to the youngest children.
Pila ka session sa usa ka kurso?
ADAM: Each batch has 12 sessions to teach the performance techniques and also prepare for the show. Each session for voice is 1 hour because they are in small groups, up to 4 students per group. It is actually better to teach in small group than 1-on-1 for voice as they push each other with friendly competition and there are things such as harmony/blending that are difficult to teach if only one student in a class. Our instrument classes are 45 minutes per session and 1-on-1 with the teacher. During summer the students only have 7 weeks to complete the 12 sessions since they come twice per week.
Kinsay inyong mga teacher?
ANNA: Proud kaayo ko sa BAM Faculty. Mga banggiitan sa ilang fields sa music kay tanan aktibo sa gig, so experienced. Passionate kaayo sa pagtudlo. Common ang competition sulod sa BAM. Pero tanan ga-support jud sa usag usa. Keep learning. I always tell them, the success of one is the success of all. As we are FAMILY in BAM.
Unsay naka-inspire ninyo magtukod og academy of music?
ADAM: Having a music school was one of the first things we talked about when we first started dating almost 7 years ago. Anna always wanted to have a music school as she grew up in Lutopan and it was difficult to access music training. My degrees and experience are in music education and performing, so it was a natural fit to have a music school together. I wanted to be a music teacher since I was 13 years old and enrolled in the music program in my school. Since we were married in 2012, Anna and I have performed together in over 60 countries around the world, so music, performing, and teaching is what we do. We were performing out of the country during all of 2014 and most of 2015 and we spent that time to plan everything about BAM. We opened the school on January 8, 2016 and have been very fortunate to have expanded our facilities, faculty, and enrollment in the year and a half since.
ANNA: Giblessingan ko sa Ginoo og brayt nga Music Educator nga bana. Di gyud siya ganahan isulti nako sa kalibutan nga Summa Cum Laude siya. Masters of Science and Education, specializing in Curriculum Instruction and Assessment.
What’s your ultimate dream for BAM?
ADAM: To continue to expand and reach more students. Our curriculum is not just about performing, but about teaching the fundamentals of music and proper performance technique. Ever since I moved to Cebu with Anna, I kept hearing how everyone moves to Manila to pursue a career in music. Our bigger goal is to continue to raise the standard of music here in Cebu and along with that the professionalism and how musicians are seen. Musicians and performers are always told that they have to move to Manila in order to pursue a career, it would be a dream to see Cebu grow to give an alternative. I grew up in the United States and there is New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and other cities where music thrives; you don’t have to move to just one city. So why not dream for the day that Cebu is seen on the same level in terms of performance opportunities as Manila. But as with any dream, it takes a lot of hard work, and it starts with educating the next generations to have an educated group of working musicians and performers who deserve those opportunities.