Camp Zama's youth participate in a summer musical program
CAMP ZAMA, Japan -- Several of Camp Zama youth members participated in the "Summer Rock Music Program" held from June 27 to July 17at the Camp Zama Youth Center, here.
"The idea was to bring in musicians on different levels and get people out of their comfort zone a little bit," said Jason Kuttner, an adolescent substance abuse counseling services counselor and music coach.
The students met twice a week to play various instruments and perform with one another to achieve their musical goals.
"My personal goal was to learn how to play the guitar a little bit better and summer rock school actually helped me on that," said Theresa Marie Ames, a Zama Middle School 8th-grader.
The youth had an opportunity to host a showcase at the youth center on July 17, to perform and show-off their talents in front of their friends and family members.
Carlo Aglibot, a music tutor, said two of the youth were shy and didn't want to participate in the showcase, but thanks to the encouragement from the other youth members and music tutors, "they had fun doing it."
Kuttner said the youth built "confidence and collaborative" music skills by participating in the summer music program.
"I learned when you work together (with others) it helps a lot," said Ames, "like when you know how to do something and someone helps you with it, you get some more out of it."