The Power of the Teacher

Teachers can be so influential on children of all ages when they genuinely care, and I have personally had some music teachers that really did change my life. They taught me how to be confident in my individualism, how to work hard to achieve tough goals, and how to appreciate music and the empathy it encompasses. These people are so often overlooked for what they do, which is so much more than just throwing instruments into the hands of middle and high schoolers and waving their arms around to conduct. Continue reading “The Power of the Teacher”

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What It Means to Be a Section Leader

More often than not, the section leader is the best instrumentalist in their section. They practice their instrument as they should, they have good tone, and they generally know what they are doing. They are the most mastered at their instrument in the group, and they are the example the director wants the other students to strive for. However, although being a section leader means that one is a talented musician, there is so much more that goes into holding this respected position — a section leader is a role model, a teacher, and ideally a friend. Continue reading “What It Means to Be a Section Leader”

Spotlight on Rafael Maldonado

When San Jose State University music major Rafael Maldonado first picked up a musical instrument, it was a pair of drumsticks in the fourth grade. His older sister had been in band, and he decided that he wanted to be a part of music too (an inspiring episode of Spongebob Squarepants that featured a band also helped him make his decision). Little did he know that it would lead him to the career in music that he is currently pursuing. Rafael is a magnificent musician with an absolutely inspiring passion for the arts, and with his talents he is helping students become well-rounded individuals while also working to spread the joy behind the universal language that is music. Continue reading “Spotlight on Rafael Maldonado”