(IVC Campus) – While not coming from a musical family, IVC sophomore Alexis Villalobos knew early on that he wanted to teach music.
Inspired by his elementary school music teacher, Mark Rassmussen, the Music and History double major student spends time volunteering in the Calexico school district helping teach music to young people. â€œI remember when I was in 4th grade and was handed my first instrument, a clarinet. I really had a knack for it and it wasnâ€™t long after that I began to play other instruments as well.â€ commented Villalobos.
Â â€œWhile still in high school Villalobos enrolled in some IVC music classes including the community band class taught by adjunct professor, Brooke Kofford.
Â â€œMr. Kofford taught me the principles and philosophies of music which in turn has made me a better musician but also prepared me to teach others.â€
After his studies at IVC, Villalobos is preparing to transfer to Cal State Long Beach, a school that has a well respected music education program.
Â â€œI want to not only be a good musician, but also be trained on how to teach othersâ€ explained Villalobos. â€œJust like I was able to experience music while in school, I want to see that same light go on in young kids as well when they get a chance to play and make music!â€
Â Itâ€™s all music to our ears here at Imperial Valley College!