Attend Upper School worship, and you’ll often find Max in the front row with the musicians, sitting on a Cajón drum, enlivening the music. He’s part of the new worship leaders team, a pilot program that gives student musicians opportunities to contribute their voices and instruments to lead their peers. After school, Max can often be found playing with the PROS group (Percussion, Recorder, Orff, Servants). And in his free time, he likes to compose his own music.
Max plans to continue making music at McNair Academic High School. He would like to learn to play a brass instrument such as the saxophone or tuba. And perhaps he’ll continue to play the drum or ukulele or sing in a chorus.
Collaboration has been a major part of his Mustard Seed experience. It’s integral to musicianship, and it’s a daily part of classroom life. Max is particularly fond of the academic teams, where he learns together with students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. He likes that he’s been able to take on leadership and have friends throughout the middle school. In fact, that’s probably what he’ll miss the most next year: all of his friends. (There’s always the alumni pizza party!)