Facing the Music

Protecting Music Day’s legacy


On Friday, April 21, a longstanding University Prep tradition perished. Since the early 1990s, students enjoyed Music Day, either cheering in the audience or shining on stage. 

Many students, including myself, were disheartened to see that Music Day was canceled due to a lack of students willing to participate. Ever since middle school, I’ve looked forward to the event that celebrates musical talent every year. Whether I was performing with my sister or nestled into my seat in Founder’s Hall, Music Day brought excitement and anticipation. Anyone who has attended Music Day can tell you that the energy in the room is unparalleled.

Traditions and events like these are the glue that holds our community together. In the darkness that can be UPrep’s rigorous course load, we find light in socials, sports games, and of course, performances. 

For those of you reading this and wondering what this has to do with you, I am urging you to consider trying out for Music Day next year. Traditions are sacred, and I believe as students we have a responsibility to uphold them. 

Music Day especially is so powerful because it gives us an opportunity to prove that we really live by our values. We are a school that promotes risk-taking, supporting our peers, and above all, self-expression. Whether you karaoke to Disney songs and long to sing your heart out on a stage or play an uncommon instrument, people want to see what you have to share. That being said, you don’t have to perform for others; do it for yourself.

Perform to try something new. Perform to fortify your confidence. Perform to feel understood by your community. 

Is it scary? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely. And if you make a mistake, that’s good too. There is no better place to learn how to bounce back from mistakes than in a loving setting cushioned by the UPrep community. That’s what school is for. 

If the emotional aspects aren’t enough to convince you, allow me to share some scientific data about the benefits of listening to and playing music. According to an article from Pfizer, music increases dopamine levels, eases pain and tension in the body, helps brain cells process information more efficiently and even enhances memory. Perhaps preparing for your Music Day debut could make you a better scholar.

If after all of this, you’re still determined that performing at Music Day is not for you, convince your friends to sign up. Sometimes all someone needs is encouragement for them to take the leap. I know our community values music and the arts, so let’s work together to keep them alive and thriving at UPrep. I look forward to hearing all about Music Day and seeing videos of performances for years to come.