Student Takes TTUISD On Tour

by KATIE MCKEE

August 18, 2014

Sophomore Reed Deming has found and accepted who he is, and now he’s determined to help others do the same through music.

The 15-year-old singer/songwriter recently released his single, “Crash Test Dummy,” which focuses on just that.

“It’s about empowerment, and accepting yourself despite your flaws or any imperfections that you might see because at the end of the day, that’s what makes you, you,” Reed said. “The chorus line is ‘If I’m broken, would you still love me?’”

When Reed isn’t at a rehearsal, audition, fan event or concert, he pursues a diploma through Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD).

The road to touching other’s lives through music is a full-time obligation, which is why Reed appreciates flexibility within his schedule.

He tried both public school and other online diploma-seeking programs, but nothing fit his needs, so his mother searched for an option tailored to Reed’s lifestyle.
She wanted flexibility, strong academics, a balanced schedule, and transferable credits, and found TTUISD was the answer.

“Education isn’t about where you’re sitting in a classroom,” Jane Deming said. “It’s about the information that’s being served up to your child and the challenges that are presented to them, and if they’re better at learning their own environment, that’s okay. Not everyone’s situation is the same.”

After enrolling in TTUISD in March, Reed realized there was an easy way to balance school and work.

Now, whether he’s in the studio, on a television show or touring the country, Reed can take his education wherever he goes.

“It’s a juggling act,” he said. “My schedule is incredibly unpredictable and it changes by the hour. Now, not only can I work on my own pace, but I can work ahead. That’s what I really like about the program, is just that flexibility.”

The young singer/songwriter discovered his passion while at a summer camp, and since then has competed in the 2012 X Factor, where he worked with Britney Spears, will.i.am, Simon Cowell, and L.A. Reid, among others, and earned his way into the Top 24 of the competition.

On July 31, Reed will begin his latest tour – the two-month long OMG Music Fest, which begins in Austin, Texas, and ends in Canada, during which Reed will perform songs off his previously released EP, and his newest single.

“In terms of my passion, it’s to continue to make music and inspire people, reach out to others in ways that only music can,” he said. “I like to think of music as a universal language in how you can reach out to all people, and that’s always been a big thing for me.”

With hopes to graduate early and make a career out of his passion, the future is bright for Reed.

“I’m just looking forward to what comes next,” he said. “Now that I have time and flexibility, I can go out there and conquer the world.”

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