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Inspiring children through music

Micah Charles instructs a student on drumming at St John the Baptist RC, San Juan.

By Tenisha Sylvester

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13). Indeed 31-year-old Micah Charles is sharing his talents by teaching children all about playing and maintaining the drum kit (drums and cymbals). Charles has an undeniable love for the instrument and all that it entails. He has been playing the drums professionally for the past 15 years and initially started teaching children the techniques he learnt while attending school. “Children enjoy the practical aspect and they kept coming back because I try to make the sessions as interactive as possible,” said Charles.

A total of 38 students attend his classes and learn the fundamentals of playing and a variety of techniques. He gives both private classes and free lessons. Charles, a member of the choir at the St John the Baptist RC Church utilises its facilities on Friday evenings and also has classes on Sundays at his Quarry Road home studio in San Juan. Many of his students have gone on to pursue different musical programmes locally with several of them currently enrolled at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.

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