In the current education system, there is a growing awareness that every child has the potential learn, regardless of background, race, culture or disability. This is one of the powerful themes explored in the movie "Mr. Holland’s Opus," in which Richard Dreyfus plays the role of a music teacher name Mr. Holland. Mr. Holland is a professional musician who aspires to have riches and fame by creating a masterpiece. Believing that taking the position as a teacher in a local high school would give him enough time to concentrate on writing his famous symphony, Mr. Holland is distraught to learn that being a teacher does not leave him much time for himself. Initially he blames his students for their failure in his class until it becomes clear to him that he is ineffective because he does not teach music based on the interest, background and learning styles of the students. His world again threatens to spiral out of control after having a son who is deaf. In the end, however, he discovers that even a deaf child has the capacity and potential to learn music and that his greatest symphony is embodied in the lives he touched by transforming his thinking about music and learning itself.