Music student juggles schoolwork and passion projects | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

A still from Cabrillos’ “Mad World” cover

Twenty-year-old Daniel Sean Cabrillos is a freshman at the Conservatory of Music of the University of Santo Tomas. Daniel, who is studying Music Technology, still has classes. “We’re finishing our final requirements for this term,” he told ToBeYou.

We asked him about his pandemic experience and the music projects he has created during the lockdown.

Daniel Sean Cabrillos

What were the early days of the pandemic like for you?

At first it was a struggle, since there were subjects in our school that needed to be performed on the spot, an example of which was Solfeggio. But since I am an only child and quite the nerd, especially when it comes to tech stuff, I am used to being isolated, so I’ve learned the art of entertaining myself.

What has kept you busy during the quarantine?

Besides having homework, online activities and lessons to read and understand by myself, as a Music Technology student we are encouraged to practice every day. That includes producing music and musical arrangements using Ableton.

Making music

Favorite quarantine activities?

Singing, playing the piano, guitar and ukulele, making music videos and music remixes, mostly EDM.

Any projects that you’d like to share?

You can check out my cover and music video of “Mad World,” and the “Bella Ciao” music video that I made with my friend Jace on my YouTube channel. I’ve also posted some of my remixes there.

A still from Cabrillos’ “Mad World” cover
Music is Cabrillos’ big passion.

Where can people see your stuff?

On my YouTube Channel:, or just search Daniel Sean Cabrillos. You can also check me out on Instagram: @moosisean.

Any tips for fellow students who are bored and don’t know how to spend their time during the lockdown?

Just try to keep learning something new. It’s not only fun, it might also help you in the long run. Specifically, you can learn a new language, a recipe, or learn to dance or to play musical instruments.

A still from a music video by Daniel Sean Cabrillos

How do you imagine the future of classrooms and learning?

I can only imagine students being distant from each other, not just physically but even emotionally, and class schedules being altered permanently, with students learning from home most of the time.

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