The UCF Flute Studio traveled to Guatemala for a week in March, where students visited schools, presented concerts, and experienced the culture. The group stayed at an elementary school in Guatemala City and traveled to neighboring towns to perform and sightsee.

“We went to experience Hispanic culture, but also to bring music to another culture and combine those elements together,” said flute student Alondra Bahls, president of the UCF Flute Club.

During Hispanic Heritage Month the group is sharing its cultural experience by performing music from different Hispanic cultures each week.

The Flute Studio is composed of 12 UCF undergraduate students who have an interest in music, flute performance and music education. To see and hear about the studio click here.

“When I created this trip, I wanted my students to experience another culture and improve their leadership skills,” said Associate Professor Nora Lee García. “I also wanted this to be a recruiting opportunity for the university. While in Guatemala, the students were able to see music-education techniques from a different perspective. This was a chance for them to be inspired by these methods and bring them back to the United States.”

Music performance major Sara Nazarian said the travelers were immersed in an entirely different culture.

“Educating and advocating and the learning of other cultures is so important and that’s why we need to have months like these, so we can teach other that we aren’t that different from each other,” Nazarian said.