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The Music Studio turns 35

Director Noel Liberty says students become like family

Students playing Orff instruments, named after German Composer Carl Orff, during one of their many performances throughout the year.

Students playing Orff instruments, named after German Composer Carl Orff, during one of their many performances throughout the year.

— “I think we have a responsibility to share music with people because it brings such joy to people,” she said. ‘You can see it during the performance when they feel it and see the faces of the people listening to them .They enjoy watching their audience smile.”

Ruggierello said he loves performing and getting up onstage in front of people. He said that it was great to perform for the folks at the residence homes because he felt he was doing something good for other people.

“They really loved it,” he said. “They would take pictures of us and talk to us after… It was really cool because they would ask us about or other hobbies.”

There are several kids who go through The Music Studio, Liberty said, as there are probably over 10,000 graduates. She said she continues to hear back from many of her students after they have left the studio and she said she loves to hear what they’re currently doing.

“There are many, many kids here that start when they’re 4 and leave when they graduate from high school and then come back and telling us about their lives,” Liberty said. “There are so many who have started here saying, ‘Now, I’m a composer.’”

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