Music Helped Reese Create and Strengthen Connections
Student Reese, who recently graduated from 5th Grade, moved to California one month before the COVID-19 lockdown. She immediately faced the challenges of adapting to a new school in a new environment, on top of dealing with the pandemic.
Reese became immersed in ETM-LA’s music program at her new school through distance learning. Through the isolation of learning outside of the classroom, Reese shares: “Music class made it easier to get to know more people.”
Reese’s mother, Maria, says: “Music class really played a big role in her coping with the lockdown. It was a really great experience for her since it was done through virtual classes. She also gave herself time to play her ukulele and learn new songs she likes.”
Music helped Reese feel connected to her peers, and Reese’s family back home is so happy seeing her doing well after their move. Music helped Reese feel connected to her peers, and Reese’s family back home is so happy seeing her doing well after their move. Reese shares: “I’ve made a bunch of new friends and met some amazing new teachers through music and singing!”
Our staff and music teachers continue to provide robust instruction and distance learning resources. Your support ensures that students from under-resourced communities can continue receiving music education as part of the core curriculum.
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