Journey to Singing

I have always loved to sing- ever since I have been a little kid. When I would play hide and seek with my friends, they could always tell where I was because they would follow the small sweet melodies drifting out from my hiding place. I couldn’t keep it inside.

Singing is something that is ingrained in me. It has become a passionate love, a driving motivation, and most of all- it is part of who I am.

I loved to sing, but for a really long time, I didn’t believe that I could sing. My sister was taking piano lessons from her teacher Susan Lutz – and one day Mrs.Lutz heard me singing- and she thought I had potential. I jumped on the chance for taking voice lessons. I had just stopped learning how to play the harp, and my Mom told me that I had to carry on in some artistic respect. I began taking lessons once a week from Mrs.Lutz and she became my encourager and my teacher- ¬†along with my mentor and my friend. I began to learn the techniques that a classically trained soprano should know – and I fell in love with singing all over again. I worked with Mrs.Lutz for 6 years, and my senior year, I decided that Singing was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

I was conflicted about this at first, because one of my goals in life is to help people and I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to do that with my voice. I considered Physical Therapy, but science is not my forte, I considered Zoology, but that dealt with my other love (Animals) and wasn’t something that I would want to do my entire life. ¬†During the summer before my senior year I discovered Music Therapy. It combined my two great loves- Music and Helping people. I felt like it was a profession that was built for me.

This brings me to present day. I absolutely ADORE the music therapy classes I am taking and the voice program is amazing. I am loving every minute of it. I am so blessed to be surrounded by people who are also here because they love what they do. I am so lucky to be able to go to class and learn things that I am passionate about, I love going to class because I get to sing all day. It is an encouraged thing, creativity is an encouraged thing, and I have the opportunity to refine myself into an instrument and then to use my instrument to benefit others.

About Haley Stead

Haley is a Music Therapy and a soprano Voice Performance major at SMU. Haley wants to influence people with her love for singing, her passion for helping people and her joy for life to make the world a better place.
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2 Responses to Journey to Singing

  1. Christina says:

    You’re right: you have found your purpose. And I think that we–those of us fortunate enough to hear your songs and see the love and life you pour into your music–we are the blessed ones.

  2. Caroline says:

    It is so inspiring that you have discovered how to combine your passion for singing and desire to help others into a career path. Carry on with it! May God bless it every step of the way.

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