Thank you for the music

If someone asks me what is my most favorite thing I can’t live without, it would have to be music. Life without music is like a relationship without emotion. It’s dull, dark and empty. This is the reason I have chosen to make music a part of me, and of everything I do.

I, Charleen Suzanne, am a vocal student at Southeast Asia’s Leading music institution, International College of Music. When I was 13, I told myself that I would study in ICOM and later continue and graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston. My dreams were big and my aspirations were high (and still is). I knew that ICOM was the best place to prepare me for the music industry, internationally.
When I registered for ICOM, a lot of people asked me if I was making the right choice in making music not just as a hobby, but as a career. These questions made me think a lot, however, I would say I have made the right decision.

During my first semester in ICOM, I got really involved in college. I would help sing back-up for those who were performing during the weekly Friday Performances, and I sang for a few guest performances as well. These in-college gigs really boosted my confidence in performing on stage and helped me in my singing as well. 


At the end of my first semester, I was given the privilege to be a part of a photo shoot for the college and the experience was the best. Working with my fellow friends and musicians, I really felt comfortable showcasing my talents. I remember during the shoot, we danced on the street and passerby’s just stood and stared. But they ended up taking photos of us. That showed me that music has a way of bringing people together and it can put a smile on a person’s face.

Now in my second semester, I have been honored to sing alongside my college’s best musicians and talents. I have since put together my own band called Flooded Pumpkin. We recently took part in the Passport To Fame: Battle of the Bands competition, but unfortunately we only made it the state selections. However, we have gained a lot experience from it and are looking forward to getting into the gigging scene in Kuala Lumpur.

Our college staff and lecturers have been very supportive and encouraging. They help us boost our confidence, as well as correct us in places we slack. Despite the college being rather small, I would say that it doesn’t really matter because the students here are like a big family, and music is the language we speak. There may be arguments here and there, but at the end of the day, we always come back to the same page.


Overall, I am definitely looking forward to my next semester here. To learn more, to explore more, and to go beyond. I believe if you have a dream, you should go out and get it! Believe in yourself and show the world what you can do. OH! And of course, if you’re thinking music, think ICOM. Cheers!

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