Full of energy and enthusiasm, 35 middle schoolers from Brooklyn, N.Y. visited the University of Hartford’s Hartt School to learn about music and college life. “This experience has been very interactive and fun for the students,” says Marissa Giglio ’03, M’09, music teacher at the Achievement First Endeavor Charter School in Brooklyn, N.Y.
During the visit, the middle schoolers created their own song in a recording studio, practiced with the University’s choir, and attended an ear training class. “I want them to experience that nothing is off limits and that they can do whatever they want,” says Giglio. Some of the students will be the first in their families to attend college, she adds.
Giglio feels very grateful for the opportunities the University offered her. With a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in music theory from the Hartt School, Giglio is an expert in her field. “Every day that I am teaching, I am a master of my content and a master of my craft,” Giglio says. Not only is she thankful for the skills she obtained but also for the lifelong friendships and connections that she made.
“It was such a great school to go to. I do not know what I would do without my degree,” says Giglio.