Phase 2 in my musical journey was in 1984. I got accepted at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) for my Bachelor of Music Degree. Even though I came from a musical background, I had no training in the core areas of music like music theory, counterpoint, etc. I was really lost in those classes. This was not just a cultural, but musical shock. Once again this was a blow to my confidence! The only option was to work hard, get the help, and do well, as I knew there was no training like this in India, and there was no turning back. Luckily I had the support of my teacher, Katherine Sternberg, and the Dean of the Conservatory, Dr. Atabug who arranged for a tutor to help me! I worked very hard, leading to great results, thus boosting my confidence! Years later, this experience led me to starting my own academy where I offered the core subjects so students would be trained in these areas, and never go through what I had to.
Many years later, now in the United States, and having pursued multiple music degrees, by this point in my career and life, as a singer, teacher, full-time working mom, and wife, I was able to apply what I learnt leading me to this point in my life’s journey today.
2005 was the turning point in my musical journey. I got laid off from my full-time day job leaving me disappointed, and unsure. Working a full-time job and doing music part-time always made me feel incomplete. Even though I was disappointed at being laid off, I saw it as a sign to pursue music full-time, completing me! Motivated and driven, I started my full-time in-person & online studio, teaching voice, beginner, and intermediate level piano, and taught drama at a school, directing musicals. I continued my performing career, and church gigs.