“Music can change people`s lives. Everyone has the capability to create music and it shouldn`t be hindered by a diagnosis.” This is what Ali Hobson, a freshmen and the College of Idaho was thinking when creating her project for her business class. The assignment was to make a business that would exercise passion and satisfy them for the rest of their lives. Her business that she was created was a nonprofit organization that would help kids with disabilities be able to make music. She would call this organization the Mighty Maestros (work in progress). Little did she know that this business project would change her life. At the end of this project, she scored the highest on the grade and her professor was so impressed with her project that he decided to make it real. This nonprofit organization is in the works now for people with disabilities to be able to create music. Ali wants to start this organization at school or in a community setting. She wants the program to be accessible to everyone who wants to be apart of it. She wants the beginning of her company to be noncompetitive and friendly. Her dream for this company is to expand it to the region and to make it more competitive. She wants to do this by separating the “mighty maestros” into choirs or bands and separated into levels based on their professional prognosis. This company could change the way that kids with disabilities accept music.
Ali grew up with a brother who has severe ADHD. ADHD is Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often continues into adulthood. ADHD includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Growing up with him had his challenges but Ali`s brother loves music. He loves the way that it makes him feel and the way it helps his other issues. It is ten times harder for him but he persists and play in the Victory Charter Band and has been doing music classes since Elementary School. This was one of Ali`s many influences on coming up with her idea for the “Mighty Maestros”. She also had the opportunity in her school, Liberty Charter, to go play the sport that she loves with kids with disabilities called “Special Olympics.” Doing this really helped her see the potential of these kids for them to be able to fit in with the rest of the world and have an amazing time doing it. She wondered if this could be transferred into something else that she loves, music. Ali is currently majoring in music and interdisciplinary studies. She hopes that these will transfer directly into her growing business and that she finds what she`s been dreaming of.
As a nonprofit organization, Ali is looking for people to donate their time and money for this experience. She doesn`t want the kids to pay for any of the instruments or building that they would be meeting in. Ali is looking for people with musical experience to come and donate their time for a very “mighty” cause. She wants these kids to be inspired by the music and have their lives be filled with the pleasure of it like hers is. She wants these kids to be able to learn from professional music teachers that will help them love what they can do with music. She is looking for donators for this cause. For more information about this cause you can contact Ali personally by her cell phone number (208)(515-6735).
Help Ali build her dream of seeing everyone being able to enjoy something and fit in while doing it. Let no one have this opportunity be taken away from them because of a disability. “Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and must be educated in it.” Aristotle