Colorado girl plays her mandolin towards musical mastery

1:41 PM, Sep 10, 2013   |    comments
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BOULDER COUNTY, Colorado (KUSA) -- In the mountains near Lyons, there is something unusual going on at a four day event called the Song School. Alongside experienced musicians working to improve their craft is a little girl named Bella Betts.

"I do music because I love music," Betts said. "I love the very thing."

The home school student attends camps like this to push her musical talents. She is a gifted mandolin player whose work is being recognized across the country.

"Some people throw around the word prodigy and things like that," Mona Esposito, Betts' mother, said. "I'm not so comfortable with those types of terms."

Esposito takes her daughter to camps like Song School to learn the intricacies of making music sitting next to 40 something, professional artists working on the same song writing and performing skills.

"Part of our home-schooling philosophy is this idea of experiential learning," Esposito said.

Betts says the biggest thing is that they don't treat her like a kid.

"I love when they treat me as an equal," Betts said.

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