Ellen Vollebregt is a piano player, business student at Ottawa University and works for the Ottawa Conservatory of Music as a teacher.
She is currently helping organize a Youth4Music roundtable in Ottawa on March 26th.
Here’s what Ellen has to say about the role music has played in her life:
Music has the potential to impact us all. Whether you learn a musical instrument, teach someone else the elements of music or just simply hear a song on the radio that moves you it can affect you. For me, music has always been one of the most important areas of my life. Music being a universal language is one of the only ways some people can communicate. Someone can learn to play the same piano sonata in Canada, China or France. This is one of the reasons I am so passionate about music and music education.
At the age of five, I began to learn the basics of music and took weekly piano lessons. I started to compete, take exams through the Royal Conservatory of Music and then when I was fourteen I started to teach and coach piano. Through my music studies, I became a more diligent, motivated and determined young adult. Now, as a student at the University of Ottawa, I believe some of my greatest skills developed because of my music education.
"For me, music has always been one of the most important areas of my life." -Ellen Vollebregt