What People Are Saying!

Feedback from Students, Teachers, Parents, Counselors, More!


Sedona, AZ 6th Graders:

  • You helped me learn that it wasn't my fault my friends ditched me. It was nobody's fault because they could be going through something and I understand that. You taught me self-compassion that helped me a lot. Thank you :-) 
  • I've learned that there is hope in life, you deserve to treat yourself with love and respect, you should always have resilience and empathy.
  • This week has been fun!
  • I loved how you made this class goofy and fun. I liked how you gave everyone a chance to express their opinions.
  • Thank you for showing me that it is so important to take care of myself. Also, how good it feels to make other people feelgood about themselves. (also... UBU)  :-)

Sedona, AZ Jr. High Students:

  • Gracias por todo!
  • Thank you so much Mr David for coming to our school and telling your story to us. I really appreciate how much you have inspired me this week and I hope that we will meet again. ... PS: I have also been depressed and felt like there is no point to life. With you inspiring me, I feel that there is.
  • This has certainly been a life changing class. You have taught not only me but everyone else what it is to love yourself and to care about one another. This is the age where we start learning and going through hard times, and this class has helped us to be resilient. Thank you for everything.
  • Something I learned this week is that we don't have to change to fit in.
  • You have taught me to be nice and to never doubt myself and to always be nice  to myself. The song we made was pretty cool and how we made it in one week and all of us did it!
  • Thank you for being here for us and I just wanted to thank you so much.
  • The first time I heard you sing I got really happy.

Paradise Valley, AZ  6th Graders:

  • Knowing the meaning of self-compassion makes me feel better. 
  • I think what you do is awesome. You help so many people. I can only speak for myself but you have done amazing things for me and it helped me with fun and cool things.
  • I learned that the treasure chest (Hope, Resilience, Self-Compassion, Empathy) is always inside you no matter what.
  • I learned a lot about self-compassion and sometimes that it is just the little things you do for yourself.
  • I love that you gave everyone a chance to answer the treasure chest words.
  • I have loved having you at our school. You don't know my name but I had a brain tumor in kindergarten and in 5th grade. I have a growth hormone test on Monday and  it has been worrying me. But with the song and treasure chest words it is helping me move step by step. Thank you so much. Thank you a million!

Various High School Students:

  • The UBU Project's suicide prevention program is much more than a suicide prevention program. It is a celebration of life!
  • Erin B, High School Senior -  It's a hopeful message
  • Alissa, 17 - I loved being able to contribute to something bigger than I am. You’re very inspirational David.
  • Taylor, 16 -  I found that David’s ability to include everyone was very effective
  • Leia, HS Senior - I found the collaborative aspect to be the most fun and it was cool to see various ideas bounce around
  • Frank, 16 - You were very positive and open to new ideas.
  • Spencer, 17 - The level of interaction and creativity. It allowed a lot of people to open up

Glendale AZ 5th Graders: 

  • Hey Mr. David, thanks for telling me about this. The depression I used to have is slowly going away. I'm still trying to love myself but at least I love myself at least a little bit.
  • I like making music and making songs. My treasure chest is in my heart.
  • Mr. David, I understand resilience better. Thank you!
  • Dear Mr. David, I like it that you showed me what is my purpose in life.
  • I like when we talked about the treasure chest words and played the imagination game.
  • I like how we all made a song!
  • I enjoyed The UBU Project. I learned all the treasure chest words, hope resilience, self-compassion, empathy and... the treasure is in your heart.
  • I really liked the music that we wrote.
  • Dear Mr. David, I enjoyed learning the treasure chest words. Thanks to you I have a better understanding of the four words. You also helped me dig up the treasure chest. Thank you for everything you've done for us.
  • Thank you for teaching great things. 

6th Grade Students, Glasgow, MT  

  • Thank you for coming and teaching us living tableaux. I can use some of those skills because I am shy and I want to be a doctor, singer or police officer. Thank you!
  • Thank you for telling us to have a beginning, middle and end to help us with our tableaux. Also to add “meat” to our sentences like adjectives and adverbs to make our tableaux better.

Monica L.,  K-8  Music Teacher

The most effective aspect of this residency was the reinforcement of music, language, and historical concepts all rolled into one. Mr. Simmons was fabulous at reaching them on their own level. The teachers and parents loved that the students created everything (mostly) themselves and that they were able to demonstrate their knowledge through this creative presentation.   

Carolyn, High School Teacher 

Integrating those that were uncomfortable and give them a voice. Love it!! 

Kindergarten Student, Nashua, MT 

I love workshop! 

Special Needs Teacher, Glasgow, MT

My students had an excellent experience. All of my students are special needs, David was willing to adjust his lesson to fit the needs of the group. 

Kevin  R., High School Principal 

This is perfect. So many of our kids feel like they don't have a voice. ... To see our students up there was a once in a lifetime (experience). Thank you  for generously giving your time and expertise to conduct the workshop and telling your story. Our students benefited greatly. 

Gail K. (Parent) Phoenix, AZ

I’m not sure what you said to (my son) today but, he's been on cloud nine all night and feels really good about himself. Positive reinforcements that come from respected mentors resonate in a child’s life forever! Thank you so much. 

Michelle P. (Parent) Phoenix, AZ 

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the splendid job you  did with those children.   These last 3 weeks my son became a different person and that shell that he built was cracked and I have never seen my son so happy.  I am forever grateful for the people and circumstances that gave him the experience of community.  

Entertainment Industry Professional (via email): I couldn’t help thinking – as I watched the night unfold – how much your involvement obviously meant to the evening and how much your work must mean to so many kids.  And, by extension, how much better this world is with you in it.

Janene V. Director of Programs and Education, West Valley Arts Council  - (David's work)  ...  is a stellar example of "Beyond the Classroom" learning, greatly impacting students and teachers; especially in many rural districts and Title 1 schools. Our students are learning invaluable College & Career Ready skills and our teachers are being provided with high quality professional development that helps prepare our next generation of thinkers and leaders!  

High School Student, Phoenix AZ (via Facebook Messenger): Hey man! I'm not sure if you really remember me but you were one of the best teachers I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing, and I was in a bad time of my life when I (worked with you) but you always kept me going man.

Student's Mother (via Social Media): Being .... a student in David Simmons' Songwriting Class, has been a huge part of (my daughter's) finding strength and confidence within herself after her 2018 suicide attempt. I'm beyond thankful...

K-8 Students,  Goodyear, AZ

  • We can actually write our own songs!
  • We learned how beats fit with words
  • Beats can be descriptive
  • It was totally an original idea of our own
  • I liked learning the different vocal styles
  • I liked creating something
  • Enjoyed learning about different guitar styles
  • I liked the teamwork
  • I liked creating a song

7th grader, Glasgow, MT 

  • David had skills! He was amazing! I enjoyed his personality and teaching skills!


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