It’s a subject area that many of them may have never had formal education on. We see the possibilities, where others say ‘impossible’ or ‘improbable.’ ” Novak, who teaches at the Patel Conservatory and a few other schools that are partnered with it, said she can see the impact her lessons have on the students she works with in small ways sometimes in their posture, other times in their mastery of a particular rhythm pattern. “The cool thing about music is that everybody gets music,” she said. “Everybody responds to music. I like those ‘aha’ moments you get every once in a while. Sometimes you’ll have students and you’re not sure if they’ve got it, and then one day they’re participating and performing and they’re just there.” The students clapped for each syllable.
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