12 JUNE 2016
lived so far away from home,” reflects Ballard. As she settled into the process of intense study
at the top ranked music school, Becky gravitated towards student activities such as the award-
winning ASU Marching Band. “You have no idea the fortitude it takes to play on the field in a hot
marching band uniform during scorching heat!” she laughs.
ut her training would teach her more than playing her instrument well. It taught Ballard
the process of setting goals, following direction and team work. It was a natural move
towards music education when she graduated from ASU. In her first major job, as Phoenix
Symphony’s Education Director, Becky oversaw a massive program serving more than
80,000 children and adults.
“It was a daunting task which connected me to underserved communities and to kids who had
never had music opportunities. I saw how the simple connection between music and creativity
impacts so many lives and builds community.”
In 2008 Ballard was named Artistic and Executive Director of Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for
Children. While the innovative tuition-free program located in the Central Arts District, seems to
be the hub of building musical talent, the program is much more complex.
that is real