PHOENIX – A music-based nonprofit organization in Phoenix is accepting new students.
There is no catch. It’s free to learn, play and take lessons – but the nonprofit says the most important part isn’t learning the instrument.
“They treat me like family, and I felt like I belonged somewhere, and that was really great,” said Omarari Fuertebances, who plays piano.
Fuertebances started to Rosie’s house only 5 years old. It is a non-profit organization that provides music to those who cannot afford it.
“It teaches life skills,” she said. “It teaches how to be responsible, it teaches how to be disciplined, it teaches how to set goals – so music really is a powerful tool for personal development.”
Learning is free and students do not have to pay to borrow an instrument.
“Through music, we want to help children explore their full creative potential,” said Marvin Scott of Rosie’s House.
There are over 500 students. Later this month they will have a showcase of their hard work.
Students have learned all types of music using all types of instruments, and the association is ready to teach new faces for the next school year.
Becky Ballard, CEO of the organization, says music is important in helping students grow.
“From that very beginning, when they get their, say, violin, and it creaks, and it’s hard, and they really struggle to get those first few notes to sound right…they hold on,” Ballard said. . “They’ve been with us for years working on this craft and by the time they graduate from Rosie’s House at 18, they can perform very well.
“They’re confident in their musicality and they’ve grown as youngsters,” Ballard said.
Learn more about their showcase and how to apply: https://rosieshouse.org/
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A teacher gives guitar lessons to students at Rosie’s House in Phoenix.