In Music Alyssa Finds Comfort, Self-Expression

Music is present in all of Alyssa Hodge’s passions. Alyssa, 15, was born in New Haven and is of Puerto Rican and Dominican Republic descent. A junior at Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven, she said music is a constant in many of her endeavors. Since she used to play both piano and percussion instruments, such as the drums, in her school band, she has equal experience with playing as well as using music as an outlet for self-expression and comfort. “Music has always been a way to help me de-stress,’’ she said.