Children’s Stories

From Their Own Words:
Hear the voices of the children we serve as they talk about their struggles and successes and the profound sense of accomplishment in learning an instrument. From their own mouths they speak about overcoming shyness and social inhibition, having an outlet for their emotions and talents, and working with peers in creating music.

MusiCan Speaks Out | NYC Profiles: Anaya

“I like music that tells about the truth.” – Anaya

MusiCan Speaks Out | NYC Profiles: Chikiri

“I like playing the piano because it shows the mood I’m in. It makes me feel relaxed.” – Chikiri

MusiCan Speaks Out | NYC Profiles: Raymond

“When I get older, I want to be a musician. I want to inspire children so they can try to be musicians when they grow up.” – Raymond

MusiCan Speaks Out | NYC Profiles: Kayla

“I’m interested in music because that’s actually the thing that made me start performing on stage because I used to be really, really shy.” – Kayla

MusiCan Speaks Out | NYC Profiles: Kayla

“I love to sing and play guitar.” – Kayla

MusiCan Speaks Out | NYC Profiles: Christy

“Music is passion because it has these wonderful beats and tones. My favorite instrument is the flute.” – Christy

MusiCan Speaks Out | NYC Profiles: Jasmine

“MusiCan has made me a lot more social…I was so shy before” – Jasmine

MusiCan Speaks Out | NYC Profiles: Jasmine

“I like all types of music. I don’t know what I’d be doing right now if I didn’t have music keeping me occupied.” – Jasmine

MusiCan Speaks Out | NYC Profiles: Akai

“If I wasn’t playing drums I’d probably be playing video games all day.” – Akai

MusiCan Speaks Out | NYC Profiles: Sierra

“My class is the kind of supportive type. I don’t really feel bad singing around them. When I step on a stage with them, they make me feel better and make me feel happy.” – Sierra

MusiCan Speaks Out | NYC Profiles: Yemande

“I’ve been able to express myself through music and the West African drum.” – Yemande

MusiCan Speaks Out | NYC Profiles: Naomi

“MusiCan has changed me because … before I was really shy… I would say I was like you once but look at what I am now!” – Naomi

MusiCan Speaks Out | NYC Profiles: Kayla

I play the bass… it makes me feel like I’m the one whose keeping the beat and everyone’s… following my lead. It feels relaxing.
Music makes me happy, and I want to keep on being happy.” – Kayla

MusiCan Speaks Out | NYC Profiles: Sierra

“I sing a lot… Little kids usually come to me and say… you’re the one that sings. I’ve made a lot of connections to little kids. It makes me feel really nice inside because maybe that little kid will grow older and want to sing just like I am.” – Sierra