STUDENT NAME: LUCA
Luca lives on the North Shore of Auckland and has been grateful for the opportunity to join Crescendo’s Te Ara (The Way) programme this year as he is moving away.
When youth music mentor Dave asked him about what brought him to the Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa he kindly shared his journey.
“I wanted to advance my music skills and make music that was more complex and meaningful.”
He definitely felt like he managed to do this and gained expert knowledge of music from industry professionals. This is something we are proud of at Crescendo. You’re not just learning from youth mentors, it’s a wrap-around service where you’re supported by music industry professionals. They’ve walked a similar path and have the industry knowledge to help our rangatahi succeed.
In addition to the expert industry knowledge, our music mentors help with the creative process, and self-expression. Luca hinted at this when he described the experience he had during our music programme.
“I feel like I, I grew a lot in my music and as a person… through music and I learned a lot about … creating something more emotional and really putting my soul and …my ideas into it and getting them across.”
Dave shared he can really hear that growth in his music. Luca has found a way to put himself into his music so it’s an extension or expression of himself.
The benefits for Luca haven’t ended there. He’s gained attributes or skills that impact him outside of music:
“I think I’ve learned a lot about how important it is to have good mental health … how to … present yourself and… how to just like be okay with yourself…being your… true, most… adequate and pure self. ”.
Luca has experienced personal growth through the programme that he wasn’t expecting. His time at Crescendo has changed his life in so many ways.
Something that he found really important to both what’s going on with life and internal challenges, was that making music in his own time and with Crescendo really supported him and gave him space to thrive and connect with himself.
“I feel like I’ve learned a lot and I feel like I’ve, I’m very grateful to Crescendo for that, and I think that oftentimes music and going to Crescendo or making music in your own time is a great time to …really process your life and figure out what you are, where you are and where you would like to be. ”
Hearing stories and learnings like these from our rangatahi inspire and energize us to achieve our mission.
If you’re interested in starting your music journey with Crescendo, check out Te Urunga programme and enrol here!