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Spotlight on Student Rogelio

We recently caught up with student Rogelio and his mother, Fabiola, to talk about the importance and impact of music education.

Q: Fabiola, how have you seen music impact Rogelio?

A: Music has had a huge impact on Rogelio by motivating him to accomplish anything in mind. His tenacity to overcome any challenge is the biggest change in him. Before he would give up easily and would not get things done because he was afraid of failure. At school he never had an opportunity to be part of a program. Now that he’s part of it we’ve seen how he is interested in reading music and learning any song genre by ear. At home he’s always trying to find new music to play along with and to improve himself.

Q: How do you believe music has helped Rogelio overcome his challenges?

A: When Rogelio is playing the violin he’s a self-confident boy. The violin takes away that shyness in him.

Q: Why do you feel studying music is important for Rogelio and children?

A: Music is a way to express yourself! Rogelio being a reserved boy has found a way to express without words. As for many kids who don’t have the opportunity to belong to a music program like ETM-LA, it will give them a chance to change and better themselves.


What Rogelio 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 going to music class and playing my instrument because I get to learn more about music alongside other people who share the same interest as me; playing an instrument. It makes me feel confident in myself knowing that I know how to play an instrument.

Q: How has music class changed your life?

A: If it wasn’t for music class, I would’ve missed all those moments that have led up to as of where I am now.

Q: What is your favorite music to listen to?

A: I don’t really have a favorite category of music to listen to. I pretty much like any type of music.

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

A: I am not quite sure of what I want to be when I grow up.

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

A: Yes, music has helped me in school. For example, it helped me pay even more attention to other subjects.

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

A: It is important to have music in school because if all the subjects are challenging you, you can always turn to music.