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Experience as a student... 4 years 9 months ago #13

  • Ryan Harney
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When I was a student in a public intermediate school in New York City we were able to choose a "major" or a specialty subject within the arts that we would take classes on for the next three years. I had auditioned for the Performing Arts classes and got in. I thought we would be learning about music and performing in a choir, but I learned a lot more. I learned what it took to be part of a team, how to take instructions, and how to take criticisms to better myself. I learned this all through the help of music. I feel though that the most important thing that I learned through music though was that music is a universal way to connect all people. We had students that pushed into our performing arts class every day who had several different severe disabilities. Some couldn't communicate in a way that we normally do, rather than words they would just use sounds, grunts, and various other yells. I remember one student in particular wouldn't make eye contact with anyone for the first couple of weeks of class, he always held his head down, and wouldn't talk to anyone or participate. He continued to come to the class, and little by little he would open up. As we learned to sing new songs together he would eventually become more sociable, making eye contact and eventually joining in. Though he couldn't sing the words with us, he was the loudest in "ooing" along to the melody of the music. I made some good connections through this class that I wouldn't have otherwise made. I truly feel that it was the love of music that brought us all together.
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