Even if students are only trying a performing art while in school, Smith says he sees a great importance in it for future youth.
“Playing a musical instrument, singing, dancing, and creating art engages a lot of parts of the brain,” Smith said. “It helps develop parts of the brain that students use for academics.
Smith’s mother is a music therapist and she has shown him research results that prove music can help kids achieve in school and life.
Smith is looking forward to performing at “Extraordinary Live” for the Carrie Lazarus Fund for Extraordinary Talent.
Being interviewed by Lazarus for her TV show, “Extraordinary,” has made Smith appreciate the talent he was given. Because he has had private instruction to enhance his bass skills, Smith hopes more kids will receive the same opportunities, thanks to Lazarus’ effort.
“I am glad Carrie Lazarus has included me in her Fund because it has shown me more extensively how fortunate I am to have a community and family who support the arts,” Smith said.
“It has also made me realize that there are students in the Central New York area who are very talented and do not have the same environment that I am very blessed to have.”
Farah F. Jadran is the editor of Syracuse Woman Magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.