Kyle is about to enter his second year of high school, and he is already known as the student who has a professional music video, has been featured on WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition, bravely auditioned for America’s Got Talent, and sang the national anthem at Great American Ballpark for a Reds Game last summer. Kyle continues to amaze everyone since his story was told last year through Give Independence Day.
At his high school this past year, as a Freshman, he was accepted into his school’s elite vocal ensemble. He is singing the national anthem again this summer at the Great American Ball Park on July 26, he has a summer job at Kings Island, where he interacts naturally with park guests, thanks to the confidence he has built as a musician and performer.
What’s in the works next for Kyle? Together with his instructor at Melodic Connections, Kyle is learning songwriting and is composing his first song that will be performed this fall. Kyle and his family also are developing a podcast where Kyle will share his perspective on life, work and music.
Kyle is no longer first identified as a teenager who has autism, because together with his family, his community of support and the music therapists and instructors at Melodic Connections, Kyle has written a different story! More than 2,000 individuals like Kyle are supported through Melodic Connections music therapy-based services.
Video produced by Everybody is a Star Foundation:
Listen to Kyle on WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition:
Melodic Connections has helped people of all abilities succeed through music since 2008. When you give to Melodic Connections, you provide access to music therapy-based learning to students, regardless of their ability to pay. Your donation helps us provide classes, programs and services at a fraction of the actual cost to students.
Melodic Connections is a community music studio serving all ages and abilities.
We use music as a tool for change in the lives of the people we serve and the communities they are a part of. Through the facilitation of music, we will help people see the humanity in each other, moving toward more inclusive communities that are change agents for the city. When people are brought together through active music making, we believe minds will be opened and new perspectives will emerge.
Using the principles of Community Music Therapy and a spirit of abundance, we bring groups together through music to form lasting relationships that include people with disabilities as leaders, participants and employees in this city.
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