Tallahassee music teacher connects students with musicians around the world

One local teacher is connecting kids with opportunities to play music with others around the world.
Posted at 5:56 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 17:56:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Online music lessons are helping students, their parents and teachers move forward.

One local teacher is connecting kids with opportunities to play music with others around the world. Before the pandemic sent all her students home, Natalie Rios taught music at Trinity Catholic School.

"Music teachers are anxious to get back in the classroom," said Rios.

Until then, she's using websites and online teaching platforms to keep up her student's creativity flowing.

"I get the joy of hearing them and listening to them," Rios said.

Parents like Danielle Morales have seen their children turning to music during this crisis.

"It's something that I think gives them more confidence," said Morales.

Morales' sons love to play music.

"It's a way to keep up with a skill and to have fun," Morales said.

The pandemic put that confidence in jeopardy until Rios connected them to online lessons.

That includes connecting Morales boys to a Virtual Youth Orchestra out of England. They had the chance to play with kids around the world, including the Friends theme song, "I'll Be There for You," in honor of National Health Service workers.

"The arts are where our power is," said Rios. "I think that'll help us rebound moving forward."

She hopes come this fall, her students, along with millions of others across the nation, will have the opportunity to play in person again, a sentiment shared by parents.

"I, of course, would love for things to be back to normal," Morales said.

The learning doesn't stop there. There are a ton of online music resources for kids and their parents, available by clicking here for FSU music summer camps.

Click here for COCA classes and events.

Click here for Tallahassee Bach Parley.

Click here for Tallahassee Youth Orchestra.

Click here for National Association for Music Education.