Mentors Make a Difference in Music

Mentoring in music can call for added action. Sometimes students need help in just getting their hands on an instrument. When they do, the mentoring is about more than just music.

Singer/songwriter Beba Rexha shared her story and helped Stubhub donate 80-thousand dollars in instruments to Jefferson High in South LA. The school had been using instruments that were 20 years old. Trumpet player Marco Mendez was glad to have a new instrument his senior year.

Instructors with the NAMM Foundation went to a class of Anaheim fifth graders for some industry mentoring in music. NAMM stands for The National Association of Music Merchants. The foundation also gave the Anaheim school district a ten-thousand dollar donation.

Ten-year-old Erin Inskeep of James Guinn Elementary already plays the flute and was open to the idea of a new instrument.  She learned the ukelele. She called the day life-changing.

Mentor Glen McCarthy is a music marketing executive and retired school teacher. Mentoring was a perfect fit for him.

Student Joshua Martinez says he wants to be a scientist, one who plays the clarinet.

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