Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Monique Arar. Both of my parents are refugees who loved music but never had the opportunity to formally study it in their former countries due to financial reasons and/or religious discrimination. When my brother was born, my grandmother came across a baby grand piano at an estate sale, and my parents asked me if I wanted to learn to play. I said yes. I was 3.5 years old and, as a result, I learned read music before words.