"There are a lot of family moments. My mom is like, ‘Oh, I'm so proud of my son; he plays viola.’ And she'll start hugging me, and the rest of my siblings are like, ‘Mom, please!’ I remember when my family all came over on Christmas, I played and a couple of them started crying. And the rest of them were really proud. It made me feel good."
- Student, Community MusicWorks, Providence, RI
"The band program sometimes seems like the only thing that keeps me going."
- Student, North High School, Phoenix, AZ
"I will never take the things for granted in life that I once did. I have found a constructive and wholesome way to interact with my peers. The bond we share in music spans across our differences, teaching us respect and compassion for one another instead of anger and fear."
- Participant in the correctional facility music program, ArtSpring, Inc., FL