Back in the 50's my namesake, Norman Vincent Peale, wrote in the first sentence of his ground-breaking book The Power of Positive Thinking to; “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” I have tried to live up to those words every day of my life and I believe that what I’ve done in hundreds of preschools and for well over 100,000 children have been to build up their confidence and encourage their abilities through messages of empowerment, musical engagement and creative interaction.
I have been fortunate enough to spend the last 13 years sharing music & drumming with some amazing groups of children from all types of ethnicity, backgrounds and cultures. I continue to learn from each one of them no matter what their economic, physical or emotional challenges might be. They have taught me to truly respect the universal language of music and have shown me how to use it as a tool for positive change in the world.
After working with over 25 different Volunteers of America sites throughout the State of California, it became apparent to me that their early education program is such a vital service to so many communities around the country. I believe that Volunteers of America is the perfect partner for Rhythm Child because we share a mutual goal of providing a sense of hope for America's children.
I have talked to the teachers, parents and supervisors about the things that their families need and I have witnessed how the children respond to new opportunities. Together we can show these children a simple way to discover a new love of learning which will aid them in an overall better academic performance.
My lifelong goal has always been to serve the children of the world in any way that I can so I feel blessed that I have found that way through my work with Rhythm Child by simply Developing Children’s Inspiration, Imagination & Motivation … One Beat at a Time. Join me by supporting Drum to Become and as a team we can provide equal opportunities in education for children everywhere.
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