Rita's Open Road
Everybody Should Have A Chance (0:33)
Quality of Instruction (1:00)
We Are All Equal (0:31)
Change of Direction (0:45)
Public Television: Season 2
People's Music School
convent, democracy, Dominican Republic, Juilliard, Juilliard School of Music, learning, music school, organizations, paying for classes, Philanthropy, piano, stepping stone
- She was born in a nice town in the Dominican Republic, but it was still a third-world country.
- When she first saw a piano, she was immediately drawn to it; her family realized she had a natural talent.
- As one of the great Dominican talents, she was often forced to perform for dictator Rafael Trujillo and his "cronies," which she hated.
- However, she says that for as terrible of a man as Trujillo was, he always encouraged his people to develop their talents.
- For example, Rita's music education began when she won a national contest and was sent to New York to study at Juilliard.
- She quickly learned that in the U.S., if you wanted to learn music, you had to pay; in contrast, her Dominican music classes had always been free.
- Her life's goal suddenly became apparent: she wanted to teach free music classes for American children.
- Says that the only person who's going to call something a "failure" is you; most "failures" are simply stepping stones to your next adventure.