Shine On, Alexus!

When you see Alexus singing center stage with the RTTF House Band, you would never guess that the 12-grader used to be painfully shy. But when she first joined MusiCore five years ago, Alexus found it hard to open up and make friends. However, she’s always had a passion for music. Hearing a variety of music as a child sparked a love of “all kinds of music” that Alexus still has today.

Unfortunately, she had a hard time developing that love – Alexus didn’t have a music class in school. When her mom found Rock to the Future, she knew it would be a great fit and signed Alexus up for MusiCore. Now, Alexus looks forward to learning new songs after school. Her fall challenge piece for piano is Antidote by Faith Marie: “It’s a really nice song. It’s all piano, with complicated rhythms and time signature changes.”

Sure, it’s an impressive challenge piece, but Alexus hasn’t just grown as a musician. The once-shy Alexus is now outgoing, confident, and irrepressible.

I’m most proud of how I’ve grown socially, and as a person… When I came to the program, I was very shy. I was very shy, and I was very quiet. I had a lot of trouble making friends, but being here helped me get over it. It helped me become more confident – I never would have performed on a stage! And I’ve made lots of friends.” – Alexus

Now, Alexus wants to give other students the same opportunities she had. She’s in the middle of college application season, and is applying to colleges known for their music education programs. “I know I love learning about music. I want to give music education to kids. I think it would help a lot of kids in the situation I was in – being shy and quiet, and not being able to open up. I think I would be a really good music teacher!”

Alexus’s story is inspiring – she really is a rockstar! Your donation to Rock to the future helps students like Alexus to find their voice, on stage and in life.