This is a short English story about a girl who convinces her mother to let her pursue her own interests.

The taste for music is a passion that can develop when you are young. Actually it can develop when you are at any age. But most people develop it when they are young.

Very often, people decide what kind of music they like when they are young. Then they listen to a lot of that kind of music for the rest of their life. Some people like all kinds of music. These people will listen to all kinds of music for the rest of their life!

Some people like rap, others pop, some like classical music and others rock.

Of course there are many other musical genres like country music, but the music genres above are the most common.

Julie, a little child, had friends who listened to all kinds of music. Friends who talk a lot, with rhythm and funny rhymes – they liked rap music. She had friends who listened to trendy and catchy things – they listened to pop music. She had a couple of friends who loved listening to orchestras –  they liked classical music.

But Julie did not have a single friend who liked rock music.

So none of her friends were able to share her taste for rock music.

Her parents listened to classical music, which was why they took her to orchestral concerts on Saturdays. They had even enrolled her in violin lessons. But she did not want to learn to play the violin, she wanted to play the guitar and sing like Led Zeppelin! But her parents thought that that style of music was just noise.

Well, the girl wanted to learn to play the guitar but she did not know anyone who could teach her.

Until one day she was in her classroom waiting for the teacher to appear, when a purple-haired woman appeared.

“Hello children, I am Miss Joan, I will be your substitute teacher”.

The class passed quietly. When it was time to go to recess, the substitute teacher’s phone rang. The ringtone was a rock song. This immediately caught the attention of Julie who instead of going to the playground approached the teacher.

“I realized that your ring tone is a rock song” said the girl “I like rock, I’ve heard it on the street and in several places, but i do not know anyone who will listen to this kind of music with me…”

And so they talked.

Miss Joan was very happy that one of her students wanted to listen to rock but it made her very sad that Julie’s parents thought that that rock was just noise.

“Many people believe that rock is just noise because they only know some songs but rock is versatile, it can even be combined with classical music.” said Miss Joan.

“My parents love classical music” said Julie, “they enrolled me into violin classes and I already learned to play a little.”

“I propose something to you Julie, let’s organize a violin and guitar concert.  After that, you will see that your parents will even let you have your own band!”

The girl began to bring her violin with her to school. She told her parents that she was going to practice but the truth was that during recess time, she would stay in the classroom with Miss Joan to rehearse songs. Miss Joan was very good at playing the electric guitar, so preparing a rock concert combined with classical music was not that difficult.

A few weeks later, when Julie’s mother went to look for her at school, the girl asked her to enter the classroom.

“I have a surprise mom, I know you’ll like it” the girl said.

Upon entering the room she found the teacher with her guitar. Then the girl took her violin and they played a very beautiful song. It was so beautiful that Julie’s mother had tears in her eyes.

“You see mom, rock is not just noise, Miss Joan taught me that I can be a rocker even without playing the guitar and that I can make very beautiful music with the violin”

Julie’s mother agreed. She even admitted that he had been wrong in saying that rock was just noise.

That is why we should not criticise things, because very often there is always a way to please everyone. It is important to always be respectful.

And what is Julie doing now? She is in a band with Miss Joan. The name of the band is “Not Only Noise!”


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