School Age Student Stories - William

William, age 17, percussion student and member of Rimshots!

Most teenagers want to find a place to fit in, especially at school. William found his place through music. A percussion student at MacPhail since the age of 11, William says music has given him the confidence and skills he uses in all areas of his life, academically as well a socially. Music is an “incredible gift that affects every part of my life.” Thanks to receiving several Performance Scholarships, William is able to extend his music learning by performing in MacPhail’s highest level percussion ensemble. The opportunity to perform at a higher level puts demands on him, but William says it’s worth it. And now, he’s not just another kid in school, he’s “the drummer!”