Davidson Scholarship Winner Anne Liu helps disabled musicians recover their skills
Liu won a $10,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship for her project, Music and Inner Self. She is one of only 20 students across the country to receive this honor. Her personal journey and hearing-loss struggles inspired her to create this project to help her and others suffering as well.
Anne Liu visited the studio on Sunday morning to talk about the scholarship and her work in helping others with disabilities continue to do what they love.
“I am very honored to have been selected as a Davidson Fellows Scholarship recipient,” said Liu. “The Davidson Fellows Scholarship encouraged me to pursue my passion and share my music and story with others. Being a Davidson Fellow means that I am supported by a generous organization to continue my music studies and to help others overcome similar problems.”
At age 4, Anne fell in love with playing piano and continued practicing music for many years until she was physically unable to. Anne was diagnosed with secretory otitis media, an illness that impaired her hearing ability due to excess fluid and mucus accumulated in the ears. Anne’s passion and dedication to music encouraged her to create a way she could continue practicing, despite her disability.
Anne developed a technique that would enable her to mentally practice until her hearing eventually returned. Anne has regained her hearing ability, and credits part of her recovery to her dedication to mentally practice, which helped her overcome many struggles during recovery. The technique was so useful in her recovery that wanted to showcase the result of mental practice that can help physically and mentally disabled people regain the ability to practice music again. By sharing this method of practice, Anne believes more people can become involved in music regardless of their physical limitations.
Anne has also recently been name a 2018 National YoungArts finalist winner and received U.S. Congressional recognition.
Founded by Bob Davidson in 1999, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development recognizes, nurtures and supports profoundly intelligent young people, and provides opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference. The Institute offers support through a number of programs and services, including the Davidson Fellows Scholarship and the Davidson Academy of Nevada. For more information about the 2018 Davidson Fellows, please visit www.DavidsonGifted.org/Fellows-Scholarship.