Performer Gains Communication Skills On and Off the Stage

Asian people singing at karaoke party and having fun

“I did it, Mom!”

Victor is a developmentally disabled 15-year-old who has always had an inclination toward music. Over the summer, Victor’s mother encouraged him to participate in the Music Clubhouse programs at the Boys & Girls Club. After first trying karaoke, Victor was immediately interested in all that the Clubhouse had to offer. He began to attend many music classes, including Sound FX, Recording, Stage Performance, and drum lessons.

Victor truly enjoyed these classes. And more importantly, his study of music had a clear and positive impact on his cognitive and social development. As the summer progressed, Victor’s language skills improved noticeably and he communicated with the staff much more frequently.

“I was so impressed with Victor’s work in the Music Clubhouse over the summer,” said the Director of Visual and Performing Arts. “He was focused and dedicated, and it was incredibly moving to see his progress through the process.”

Victor achieved a new level of self-confidence among his peers. While involved in the Stage Performance class, Victor was asked what song he was most familiar with, and he responded with Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.” The staff worked collaboratively to support him and help him prepare to perform this song.

At the Music Clubhouse’s End-of-Summer Extravaganza, Victor triumphantly debuted his solo performance of “Wrecking Ball” in front of nearly 50 audience members, including his mother. The entire Clubhouse marveled at Victor’s “pride in his work, his excitement about performing, and ultimately, how far he had come to get up and perform in front of everyone,” said his Director.

Victor’s solo was filled with emotion, and culminated with Victor engaging the audience and focusing all of his attention on them. After his touching and brave performance, Victor approached his mother, kissed her on the cheek, and said with pride, “I did it, Mom!”