Learning is a lifelong journey and for Vicknes Vinayak Veerappan, who went back to school at the age of 43, it was well worth it. “This was a rare window of opportunity to upgrade myself and reset my career,” he shared. The professional musician, who has toured with singer-songwriters J.J. Lin and David Tao, was inspired to be an educator after a positive encounter with a child he mentored briefly as a freelance instructor.
Three years on and as a freshly graduated BA(Hons) Music student of LASALLE, Vicknes is not about to let the COVID-19 pandemic slow him down as he looks forward to a future in teaching. “I understand what my peers are going through but I remind them we are not born musicians. We become musicians through training and hard work. This is not the end of the world. It is a chance to learn and take up new opportunities,” he said.