Arts Without Boundaries, a Montana nonprofit group promoting the arts in secondary schools, is honoring outstanding high school seniors with $100 awards for their contribution to the arts. The Billings Gazette’s Enjoy will feature one of the recipients each week.
Name: Madeleine Duncan
School: Billings Senior High
Programs: Band and orchestra
Explain how your participation in band and orchestra impacted you and your scholastic success: "Musicians are smarter and more engaged in school. This fact has been proven. Every day after band I am more engaged in my classes and can focus more. Music has given me the opportunity to participate in All-State, All-Northwest, All-Nation, and other great experiences. I have learned more than I could have ever imagined from playing with fabulous musicians. Besides the clarinet, I play other instruments."
What influence will music have on your future, through higher education, professional goals or your life in general? "Helping people is my life’s goal. The feeling I get seeing someone’s face light up after understanding something is true happiness. Through music, I have been able to help others. In my own clarinet lessons, I am always open to learning more and listening to my teacher’s ideas. I will carry out this love of learning in my everyday life as I grow older. Music has influenced every aspect of my life and I will continue to play forever. I plan to double-major in college, with one of my majors being clarinet performance."
How has music helped you contribute to your school and your community? "Every week I teach many clarinet lessons to younger students who cannot afford lessons. Seeing their smiles after hitting a middle C or finally getting that F scale makes me happy. I can continue in a small way to make a big impact on these children’s lives. I also play the guitar and sing at camp to teach children more about music and camp songs."