Today we’d like to introduce you to Lizzie Toledo.
Lizzie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
For anyone who has ever watched the 1999 Tarzan and remembers “Trashin’ the Camp” understands what a wonderfully positive song that is, and as a little girl that inspired my love for drums and music alike. I auditioned for chorus in 3rd grade and began drum lessons when I was 11, and after that began vocal lessons at 13. Music never stopped being in my life from the moment I began. Art, in general, has always been the center of my life; without creation, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. Whether I’m creating monsters for movies or drawing for my own pleasure, the most important thing is being able to pass on my knowledge. Though I’m only 22, and may not have all the experience in the world, I still feel that I have a lot to give. Teaching at Miami School of the Arts allows me to teach multiple mediums; it is a school that is open to new ideas and putting our students first. I have been able to teach vocals, drums, keyboard, theatre and special effects makeup within one year. Of course, none of this would be made possible without my students. This special groups of children, whom I call my “Nuggets”, make my job completely worth all the stress and hard work. Seeing my students perform is such a rewarding feeling because at Miami School of the Arts we truly are their “musical parents”. Most of our students come in with no knowledge of how to read music or blend paint properly. We are lucky enough to nurture their minds to be creative and understand the medium that they choose to explore. I am beyond grateful to say that I can inspire and feed the souls of our future generations.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I believe when we create anything there is always going to be hardship. Not everyone is going to like what you do, or how you choose to do something. Other times we come across those who want to bring down what you are building up, but we as a school have very much become a family. We at Miami School of the Arts consider ourselves to be extremely tight-knit and know how to stick together through tough times. The opening of our school was definitely a battle and we came out victorious. Now, 1 year later, we continue to grow and be active in our community.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Miami School of the Arts story. Tell us more about it.
Miami School of the Arts, legally, is a school where we teach children how to play guitar, drums, piano, sing, paint and act; but what we truly are is a home. Without our founders Nelsi Díaz and Pedro Martínez, we would not be here today! They are two of the key assets to this company along with teachers Glynnis Nieves, Kenneth Nieves, Nelson Rodriguez, Alex Durán, and myself Lizzie Toledo. We are most proud of the families that make our school, OUR school. The children we get to teach and the exceptional parents that support all of our events are the lifeline of this school. What sets us apart from all other schools is the dedication we put into assuring our students are learning and are enjoying themselves in the process. Whether they need extra time or webcam lessons for their convenience, we make it happen.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Though there may be times that I feel unlucky, I do take a step back and remember that Lady Luck has been on my side time and time again. I am lucky to live a life that I am free to create as I please, with whatever I please. Lucky to have a partner that I can create with and supports me in all my endeavors, and lucky that he loves me. Lucky that Miami School of the Arts came to be, and is STILL standing though we have had many bumps in the road. Lucky to have such a supportive biological and nonbiological family (a.k.a. the family I choose).
- 34.95 a week
- Address: 4661 sw 71 st ave, Miami, Florida 33155
- Website: https://www.miamischoolofthearts.com/
- Phone: 786-477-5575
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Elizabeth Toledo, Glynnis Nieves, Mirta Iglesias