80% hearing loss? No problem! Ron Tan, co-founder, I.AM hits all the right notes anyway
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Music is not only bliss to the ears but a gift to the soul too. It has the power to captivate us with all its moods and has something peaceful or exciting to offer to suit our varied moods. Many a time we sympathize with people who cannot hear, as they are deprived of this joy, which music brings to life. Imagining life without music is just implausible.
Ron Tan is a 21-year old pianist from Singapore and you can find him doing regular gigs at Changi Village Hotel. He taught himself to play piano at the age of 17 in the pursuit of finding something that gave meaning to his life. Though he tried his hand at many other hobbies before picking up music, there is something that sets Ron apart from all other passionate musicians. Ron was born with a 80 per cent hearing loss.
Ron says, “It’s just about loving what you do. People say – ‘Ron you are deaf, you can’t do this. You can’t perform.’ But you still want to do it because you love to do it.”
After having found the meaningful pursuit of his life in music, Ron has now started a social enterprise focused on helping special needs performers find their identity with I.AM – Inclusive Art Movement. Ron has co-founded I.AM with Danial bin Hamdan, who was his classmate at Republic Polytechnic.
This is a story that words can’t do justice, hear it from Ron and Danial here:
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