Beginning his career as a film scorer after graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Hodsdon didn’t always see himself working with kids.
As a composer, he said life was isolating and consisted of working alone in his Boston apartment. But when he moved back to his native Sarasota and started to teach music lessons, he fell in love with it.
“It’s the opposite of ‘Follow your passion,’” he said. “You don’t even necessarily know until you try, but it turned out I really love [teaching]. It’s awesome.”
He said the program helps his students find patience and discipline in the music field as well as in their everyday life.
“It’s funny because the music is kind of the easiest part, and the challenging thing is dealing with the people aspect of it,” Hodsdon said. “If they can kind of develop big picture skills [now], as adults [it will be] a good thing.”