All for the love of music

  • Education
  • Sunday, 21 Aug 2005

SHE chose music over science and has absolutely no regrets over her decision. Leong Kah Yan, this year’s University College Sedaya International (UCSI) Valedictorian's love for classical music has put her in good stead.  

A top scorer in her A-Levels, Kah Yan would have easily qualified for any science-based degree programmes but she opted for music instead.  

Both parents supported her decision as they knew they had raised her well enough to make the right choice. 

“We want our daughter to be happy and enjoy whatever she has chosen to do in terms of her career,” said her mother, Doreen Loh.  

Loh said she was able to spend quality time with her only daughter and provide her with a good home environment. 

Kah Yan posing with her proud parents at UCSI's convocation recently.

Said Kah Yan’s father Leong Choong Keon: “Allowing her to pursue a career that she is interested in is what matters.  

“Only then, she will excel and succeed eventually.” he said.  

Kah Yan graduated with some 800 other fellow students at UCSI’s 18th convocation recently.  

“Music touches your soul and every music score has a story to tell,” Kah Yan said, attributing her success as this year’s Valedictorian to her home environment.  

“There are times when I wanted to give up music because I had to juggle between my school work and my music lessons but I am glad I persevered.  

“It has become a skill that is very much part of me. It’s so enriching that as you grow into the music that you love, you enjoy it so much more,” she said.  

Since the age of six, Kah Yan has always been fascinated by music. She was privately tutored until she was 17, when she completed her Grade 8. She also received a Diploma in Music from ATCL (Associate Trinity College of London) and has recently received her LTCL (Licentiate Trinity College of Music). 

“Although I love science and completed my A Levels with flying colours, I decided to pursue my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Classical Music at UCSI,” she said. She expects to further her studies in the UK at Middlesex University as part of her twinning programme.  

She majors in piano and minors in flute.  

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