Albuquerque music teacher hopes students can choose music over technology


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – With social media on the rise, an Albuquerque music teacher says she’s starting to feel like she’s losing touch with her students.

“With all the technical devices that people were having, and spending more time with that and maybe not going in to take piano lessons,” said Karen Cunningham.

Cunningham has been a music teacher for 30 years. It wasn’t until about five years ago did she start noticing she was losing her students’ interest to social media and technology.

“It seems like that was preoccupying their time, and not getting out and learning things,” she said.

However, that’s not the case of Henry Berry. He’s been a student with her for 10 years.

“When you’re on your phone, you’re having a blast surfing through Instagram, but when you’re playing piano it’s more enjoyable for other people,” said Berry.

Both of them are preparing for an informal concert at the mall next month as a way to remind people of the effect music can have.

“People who are walking in the mall say wow, look at that, I want to do that,” said Cunningham.

Even with the temptations of social media, Berry says there’s one reason why he continues to dedicate himself to music everyday.

“My grandpa, he plays music for me. He’s been playing music forever. He’s a big inspiration just watching him throughout the years learning new pieces even after this long,” he said.

The concert will be held at the Coronado Center on October 23, 2016. The money raised from the concert will benefit Lucky Paws.

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