"I had no confidence
and was often in trouble at school for anger management problems. I always
thought I was stupid and would never get anywhere in life because I was never
good at anything. I was diagnosed with depression at a young age and I am also
severely light sensitive as well as having dyslexia.
"Being able to turn
up to my trombone and Clarinet lessons allowed me to get my anger out in a
constructive way. I grew in confidence with music and saw that I could maybe be
good at something. I ended up getting my grade 8 trombone, grade 6 Clarinet and
a music degree (2:1). It gave me the confidence to teach for a few years and to
try and get somewhere in life.
"The confidence you
get from playing an instrument is amazing. Having the support of a great
teacher and a range of ensembles to join is a great way to grow in confidence
and enjoy yourself."