Miss Candice Juarez
Music and Movement Instructor
Cultural Artists Spotlight: February 21 – March 5, 2019
Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
I teach “Music and Me” classes through Burbank Parks and Recreation Department. It is a program for parents, grandparents, and care givers to come with their children ages 1-4 and have a chance to bond with them through music. During each class, we sing, play instruments, and dance to songs with various styles and tempos. Each session is 10 weeks long and during that time, I try and introduce a new manipulative that we can explore through music; in the past, I have brought in hula hoops, frisbees, and even mixing bowls and spoons. I feel privileged to be able to watch loved ones play with their children as they sing and dance together. I could not wish for a more joyful and fulfilling job.
How did you first become interested in music?
My first memories growing up were of my family singing together. We would sing on long car rides, sing on the ski slopes on vacation, and sing at home in the kitchen. My mother encouraged my singing, and I had my first job at 3 years old singing a special musical number at church. As I grew, I participated in singing/dancing groups that performed throughout the San Gabriel Valley. At age 10, I was fortunate to land the lead part in an “Annie” production in Salt Lake City, Utah. We did 6 shows a week for 6 weeks, and I don’t ever remember getting tired of the performances. That experience has always been a highlight of my childhood.
How can art enrich a community, and what are some ways people can become engaged with art in Burbank?
Art feeds the soul. It is for everyone. We feel good when we engage in art, and get inspired to share it with others. Burbank offers classes in all different kinds of art, dance, and music that we can take advantage of and enjoy. My experience has been that whenever I participate in the arts, I always come away a little happier.
If you could share with our community one thing about art, what would it be?
Try it! Try a class or go to a show. It will be a worthwhile experience.
To find out more about Candice, visit her website at www.musicandme.us