Nancy Robles grew up in Dallas, TX with a severe speech impediment that
causes her to stutter. Communicating was difficult and embarrassing,
and her speech disability was a major obstacle to her social and
When Nancy's 7th grade Little Kids Rock teacher offered her the
chance to learn how to play guitar and to write songs, she seized an
opportunity that has changed her life. "When I was first in school, I
was very shy," Nancy said. "When I started with my songwriting, it
really helped me."
Two years ago, Nancy broke free from her insecurities and sang in
public for the first time in this original composition
(http://cts.vresp.com/c/?LittleKidsRoc... she submitted to the annual Little Kids Rock songwriting exhibition.
Her teacher noticed something amazing - her speech impediment
completely vanished when she sang!
Writing and performing her own music has given Nancy an outlet to
express herself in a way that she can communicate confidently. She
has written more than 100 songs during her four years in Little Kids
Rock, including one about losing her father six years ago. "I used to
deal with my problems in a bad way," Nancy said. "When I found music,
it really helped me a lot."
She has performed her music for crowds of more than 500 people - a
feat nobody would have expected to be possible just two short years
You have helped Little Kids Rock give Nancy the impetus to toss her
limitations aside and sing loudly and proudly. She still faces daily
challenges with her speech, but her music helps her adopt a
perspective where speech does not hinder her growth as a musician, a
student, or a young adult.
"Music class is a place where you can try to be yourself," Nancy
says. "And it is important because music can save lives."
Music has that kind of power -- and every day, more Little Kids Rock
students' lives are being changed because you help us give kids the
means and support to become music-makers and confident people.
Every time you donate $50 to Little Kids Rock, you have purchasing
power -- a brand new guitar goes into a child's hands. But you're
doing so much more - helping children find a voice... literally.
Please celebrate music in our schools this year with your gift to Little Kids Rock. You may just help a child sing a new song and find a new way to succeed.