The Day – Fitch High School plans to share passion for music to help kids
Groton – High school student Robert E. Fitch Mayson Murphy says playing music has no limits.
There are seemingly endless options of instruments and styles, from classical to jazz, and when she performs she feels like she is in her own world where she can do just about anything. She also developed close friendships through a connection to music.
The talented musician now wants to share her passion for music with children and become an orchestra teacher in the future.
Murphy was adopted from China when he was two and a half years old. She came to the United States without knowing English or Chinese, so she struggled to adapt to American culture and blend in with everyone. But thanks to the tremendous work and dedication she put in from the start, she was able to not only catch up with everyone, but also excel in her college career and discover the love of music.
Murphy’s musical career began when she was younger and noticed in music lessons that there was no writing or reading involved which she said made learning easier as she had problems with language.
While attending the former Cutler Middle School, she grew to appreciate music more and her band director, Kevin Mazzarella, helped her realize her potential. She said he gave her the confidence to audition and learn more difficult tracks. He named her and she was accepted to perform at Carnegie Hall, which she said was a life-changing experience.
“I feel like if he wasn’t my teacher at the time, I wouldn’t be so invested in music because I didn’t know my potential and I didn’t know I had a real passion for music until he made me realize that, ”she said.
Mazzarella noted Murphy’s excellent scholarship, character, dedication and musicality, and said he had watched her grow as a leader and musician. He said she is conscientious, thoughtful and humble, and proactively gives and seeks advice when needed, especially with regards to flute performance and leadership skills.
“Mayson has been a pleasure to know and work with,” he said. “She is always punctual, prepared and cooperative. Using the skills she has honed in music, she is as comfortable in her National Honors Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society membership as she is easy to play on her instrument. She took private flute lessons for many years, culminating in her selection to the All-State Concert Band of the CT Music Educators Association (CMEA).
He also noted that she gives back to her community through volunteering and that before the pandemic, she had helped teach small group lessons in elementary and middle school music programs.
“I admire his persistence, poise, and hard work with his college scholarship in rigorous classes and other activities,” Mazzarella said. “Mayson has dedicated herself to what she thinks about, which is indicative of self-discipline and achievement.”
During his high school career, 18-year-old Murphy was involved in a multitude of musical activities, including the Fitch Falcon Marching Band and the Jazz Ensemble.
After graduation, she will go to Central Connecticut State University to major in music education and consider becoming an orchestral teacher. She hopes to travel during her summer vacation and would like to visit China.
As a teacher, she hopes to encourage students to immerse themselves in music, as she herself didn’t know how much she loved it until she was encouraged to get involved. She is interested in working with college kids because she remembers how uncomfortable and anxious she felt in college and didn’t know how to combat those feelings, and she wants the students to be more comfortable. and more comfortable.
She said her own anxiety about elementary and high school students made it difficult for her to reach out and do the things she really wanted to do. She said it was a gradual process, but she’s proud that she was able to overcome this in high school with the help of her teacher Jordan Panucci. She said she was working and focusing on her goal, and everything looks better now when she’s in social situations.
Murphy said she hopes people know that if they need support or anything, they need to reach out. “Whether it’s a school staff member, family member or friend, there will always be someone who will help or guide you,” she said.
She also learned during the coronavirus pandemic how important it is to cherish the present moments in life – even if the moments seem insignificant – as it will mean a much more positive outlook on life.
Understanding, patient and empathetic, Murphy said she is always able to put herself in other people’s shoes. As a camp counselor for the town of Groton, she has met so many children with different stories and wants to help them.
She said she had made new friends and no longer had the feeling of not “fitting in” that she sometimes had when she was younger. She said there is diversity in the Groton and Mystic area and that she has met a wide range of people with whom she shares interests. She said she learned that, at the end of the day, humans have a lot more in common than they have differences.
She said finding what she has in common with people – like music – is a way to get close and share a connection. “It’s a very special feeling and it’s a great way to connect as friends.”
She said for a very long time that she didn’t think she could overcome the language barrier. She figured she was going to be late in reading and writing for the whole high school and there was nothing else to do but go with the system and hope everything went well. But she said she kept pushing herself and spending more time – and she succeeded.
Murphy said she hopes people take advantage of her story to not give up, despite the challenges they face.
“It wasn’t easy, and it certainly took a lot of intrinsic motivation to get to where I am now, so know that while it seems impossible, you can really do anything if you think about it,” she said. declared.