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What motivates an adult with a busy life, with many things to do, to pursue music? Probably most will say: Because music is powerful. It helps to make life easier, or at least, it helps taking away some stress.

I read that people who listened to upbeat classical compositions by Aaron Copland, while actively trying to feel happier, felt their moods lift more than those who passively listened to the music. This suggests that engaging with music, rather than allowing it to wash over us, gives the experience extra emotional power. And that four out of five Americans (80%) believe their music education has contributed to their level of personal fulfillment (Benefits of Learning and Playing Music for Adults. Article by NAMM Foundation)

Of course the question of why they decided to learn and form an orchestra needed to be asked.

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Lizayda Rodriguez

I got tired of being scared, of telling myself…

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