A Coginchaug high school in Durham, there’s a theme.
The students are better when they’re dancing.
The hallways of the high school are literally filled with music.
Thirty-three percent of the students at Coginchaug are involved in music on some level, like senior Alexander Stephan.
“I’m not a very outgoing person, so through music I was able to express myself in ways I wasn’t able to do when I was stumbling though conversations with people,” said Stephan.
Music opens the doorway to a welcoming community.
“It’s just a family here – it’s my second home away from home,” said Stephan.
“For many of the music kids it gives them a separate home in the school – there are so many of them that find themselves in the music room when they have a free period or lunch – it’s great,” said band director Tim Fisher.
A place to find a voice and comfort at a time for teens that can come with plenty of growing pains.
Through music, the students find an outlet for expression and creativity.
“It gives you so much room to expand, create and emote which is very vital to any student or any person for that matter,” said Emily Dell O’rafano.