SOUND MINDS STORIES: A Parent’s Perspective

Fabiola is mom to Adeline, one of the original Sound Minds students who joined the pilot program in 2012.

Fabiola’s daughter Adeline was one of the original Sound Minds students. Youngest daughter Stefanie-Sofia looks forward to joining the program in second grade next year.

CSO: Your daughter Adeline joined the program back when it started in 2012. What has your experience with Sound Minds been like?

FABIOLA: I think it’s a great program. It helps kids gain more confidence. It also helps them with their reading a lot. One of my daughters had a problem with reading and now she loves reading, so it’s helped her a lot with that.

I feel like it also brings us together as a family. Sometimes on a Friday night we’ll have a mini concert! My husband and I are the audience, and the kids are either singing or playing an instrument so that brings us together as a family.

CSO: How do you think Sound Minds has impacted your daughter?

FABIOLA: It’s helped Adeline a lot because she also has music classes in middle school. She also has them at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. [CSO: This is a new partnership championed by the California Symphony, where Sound Minds students can now continue intensive Arts instruction after they leave Downer.] She was extremely shy, and now she’s not.

At the last concert in the middle school, she didn’t even have to look at the notes any more because she knows the music already and I told her “I’m so proud of you, baby!”

Even in the East Bay Center when she’s in a concert, I can see she’s feeling the music and she’s enjoying the concert, and I like it because she was so super shy in front of people and in front of an audience, and now she’s not. It’s helped her a lot.

Fabiola plans for her daughter Stephanie-Sofia to join the program when she gets to second grade. Stephanie-Sofia says she’d like to learn the cello, just like big sister Adeline.

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A season of exciting concerts featuring amazing professional musicians and stellar guest artists — all right here in Walnut Creek

Sound Minds — providing intensive music training and transforming the lives and futures of local children in one of the most economically disadvantaged parts of the state

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This is one article in a series of five about the California Symphony’s El Sistema-inspired music education program, Sound Minds.

Learn more about the Sound Minds program at or call the California Symphony Office at 925 280 2490.