How Music Transformed Moises

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The story of Moises Sanchez Aguilar is the type of story that we love witnessing here at Volcanes. All students and children are special. They all deserve respect, love and attention. We know that. But every once in a while, a student truly makes your heart melt and inspires you to keep on teaching because their perseverance and willingness to learn touches your innermost being.

Moises was a very average student. His grades were not that good even though it was enough to keep him afloat. Some teachers worried that he was not going to make it through the higher grades because his attitude towards school was lethargic and aloof.

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

Moises’ little sister joined our band a year ago. Everything she learned at music practice, she would take home and practice daily. Moises loves music and he began to ask his younger sister questions about the notes he saw her playing. He was impressed with the progress she was making daily, the songs she was practicing sounded better and better as the days went on. Every now and then, he would grab her instrument and see if he could play any of the notes himself. He couldn’t.

One day Moises couldn’t help it any longer. He told his mom that he wanted to get in the music program like his sister. His mom was hesitant at first. She knew he was struggling in school and did not want him to take any extra activity that would keep him from doing homework. The last thing she needed was for him to lose focus on his education. Little did she know that joining the band would turn out to be the best thing Moises did.

He plays the trumpet. Our music teacher, Rafa, has been very patient with him. In the beginning, Moises would take weeks to learn notes other kids learned in a day or two. “He reminds me of the story The Tortoise and the Hare. He is very persistent. Even when he sees everyone else learning so fast, he does not get discouraged. He just keeps going. Slowly. At his own pace and with a smile on his face, knowing that he will get there in the end,” Mr. Rafa says.

In six months, he has caught up with everyone and has become one of the best trumpet players in our band. Not only that, his grades at school have improved dramatically! He now gets consistent 9s and 10s across the board (As and A+). This from a student who was hanging by a string at school. His mother has thanked us and our music teacher profusely because she knows that music has transformed her son. It has transformed us as well. Moises is an extreme example of how music can change an attitude. Well, it was music which started the change, but Moises also speaks very highly of our music teacher, telling us it was his patience and caring instruction which helped him not to give up. He is so confident in his abilities now that when I ask him what he wants to study in university he says “I’m going to be a doctor” matter of factly with no hesitation.

A big congratulations to Rafa and all of our teachers for inspiring our students to Dream Big.

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