Growing up, Soah Narm didn’t stay in one place for too long. Her parents were often in search of work, sometimes traveling across oceans for it. So her surroundings, her friends, and her school were always in flux.
One of the few constants in her life was the violin.
Soah first picked up the instrument as a child. Even though money was tight, nothing could stop her from learning to play. In each new town, she would find creative ways to continue her lessons.
For someone who was always on the move, making music was a way of finding her footing.
“It was really fun, and I could create my own thing,” she says. “I really found myself in the violin.”
Making Music Fun
Today, Soah is teaching her middle and high school students to do the same as an orchestra teacher at Harlem Children’s Zone’s Promise Academy Schools. Soah is one of the hundreds of Promise teachers who are doing whatever it takes to help our scholars thrive.
For Soah, that goes beyond a traditional approach to teaching. On any given day, you might hear her class playing a pop song a student suggested, or a lively show-and-tell of Spotify playlists. You might even hear Soah playing cello while her student conducts — a way to build confidence and leadership skills.
“Learning to play music is beautiful and fun,” Soah says. “So I want to teach it in a beautiful and fun way.”