THE GIFT OF MUSIC
CME presents young pianist Asiah Sharpe with a Yamaha piano and full scholarship to CME Academy
Asiah Sharpe was a young girl when she first heard her grandmother play the piano. She knew in an instant she wanted to follow in her footsteps, but music lessons were out of reach for her cash-strapped family. This enterprising young woman turned to the Internet to become her own piano teacher.
Asiah discovered CME Director Min Kwon's Aresty Research Program at Rutgers University. "Dr. Kwon's project focused on the idea of Music, Youtube and how the internet and other social media platforms could help facilitate classical music and allow the audience to engage with music. I related to this as an individual who used the internet to teach myself piano and who understood how the internet could be used to encourage musicians."
Her ingenuity and perseverance paid off- Asiah received a full scholarship for piano studies at CME Academy, courtesy of Dr. Kwon and CME Board Member Peter Saulnier.
Asiah was also presented with a Yamaha piano, thanks to sponsor Betsy Uhlmann.
Bringing music education to
children in our community
CME partnered with Rhythms for Life: Music Matters In Morris County to bring their budding violin students to our Music Made Here concert on April 8, 2018, featuring the Harlem String Quartet, Min Kwon (piano), Lucy Lee (viola), and Patrick Hopkins (cello).
Student tickets were sponsored by CME Board Member Geoff Harris.