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Spotlight on Student Eduardo

Eduardo from McKinley Elementary is the first student in the Compton Unified School District to be nominated and accepted into the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program through VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts).

His music teacher Naju Kim noted, “Having worked with Eduardo for the past few years, he has shown a clear interest in guitar and music. He would always come to band rehearsal playing the new song he was learning that week, some being pretty technically impressive.” Regarding Eduardo’s audition for GATE, Naju shared, “I worked with him individually to prepare two pieces for him to perform on electric guitar. With his dedication and love of the instrument, he was able to pass the final audition with flying colors and I am super proud of him.”

What Eduardo had to say about learning music:

Q: Why do you like music class and playing your instrument? Can you share how it makes you feel?

A: I like music class because I get to get together with my friends and play music.

Q: How has music class changed your life?

A: Music class has changed my life by allowing me to learn how to play guitar and get into GATE.

Q: Please share what inspired you to apply for the GATE music program.

A: My teachers encouraged me to try out and give myself an opportunity.

Q: What is your favorite music to listen to?

A: Rock/metal.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: I want to be a musician.

Q: Do you think that having music has helped you in school? Has it helped in other ways?

A: It has helped me communicate with others.

Q: Do you think that it’s important to have music in school? Why?

A: Yes, because I think every student deserves a chance to learn an instrument.