More than Music
By John Ly
Ever since I could remember music has been a part of my life. If it wasn't for A Gift For Music, a program of A Gift For Teaching, I wouldn't be here doing what I am now. My first instrument was the violin and I was amazed at how unique the feeling was. In class we learned it all, from how to hold our instruments to playing like a pro. As time progressed I eventually joined the AGFM orchestra which rehearses on Saturdays. I played as a member of the orchestra from middle school to high school. I am very thankful for the opportunity to play my instrument both school and through the program considering that some schools don't even offer a music class. My time with the A Gift For Music program allowed me to benefit academically and socially through the lessons and the exposure I got. Having met so many fellow musicians through the program I was able to perform small gigs. However, the most rewarding aspect was helping other students that were in the program learn their instruments and assist the way I was assisted when I first entered the program.
As a freshman at Valencia Community College I still stay involved with A Gift For Teaching. The whole helping others part that I gained as a student with AGFM drew me to volunteer at the AGFT Free Teacher Store. I’ve seen how important it is to help with education, being able to participate at a great location with like minded people just feels rewarding to me. Helping teachers, who help their students by shopping for supplies and tools to take back to the classroom, is personally one of the best ways I could think of to help. It still surprised me to know that most schools lack funding and teachers have to pay out of pocket for them. I’m proud to contribute in the way I do!