Ross, who is hearing impaired in both ears, had always been shy and reserved. He usually avoided his peers and was reluctant to come to the Music Clubhouse. However, the Clubhouse staff strongly encouraged and engaged him, and eventually introduced him to the drums.
Despite his hearing impairment, Ross could feel the beats and rhythmic vibrations when playing drums, and he learned to mimic these rhythms. He could “hear” that he was making a difference with sound– his own sound– and he was ecstatic.
His mother shed tears of joy when she watched him perform on the drums for the first time.
And Ross himself was filled with pride, saying, “I’m just like other kids!”
Ross has continued to take music lessons in the Music Clubhouse ever since.