What does music mean to me? Music has been a very important part of my life and my education. It has helped me do better in classes, become more social, and has improved important skills I need to excel in school. Music has also been a huge help for others, and it needs to stop being pushed back.
My connection with music through the piano has been fostered ever since I could reach those shiny black and white collection of keys. Starting at the age of four, playing the classical music of Mozart and Bach was what my musical background was founded upon, with tangible medals and accomplishments as achievements. Every Sonata gold medal was rewarded with congratulations from my parents and my teacher. What was considered “great” piano playing was how closely one could interpret the sheet music of Rachmonioff or Beethoven. It
Music is a very recent thing that has changed my life. I have always had an interest for music, since I was young I would dream of playing the Alto Saxophone. My dream became a reality in Sixth Grade when I was able to pick up and learn an instrument. I ended up choosing the Tenor Saxophone because of its dark full sound. I progressed very quickly taking lessons from Jill Marasa, band director at Costa Catholic Academy, later that year I bought a Flute, and Clarinet. I also became very proficient on those very early on. I soon moved to where I live now. Before I even moved I already had contacted the band director at Germantown Hills Middle School, Eric Loring, to see what their program was and to see what instruments they had available. I ended up starting the oboe, which till this day is the love of my life. During the Seventh Grade I was introduced to the Central Illinois Youth Symphony. I auditioned for it and their Flute Choir on, Oboe, Flute, and Bassoon (picking up and learning only a week before auditions). When the results came in I found out that I had made all three parts doubling Oboe and Bassoon in the Central Illinois Concert Orchestra (2013-2014). The season was very successful but soon came to an end. I soon sold my Bassoon and purchased an English horn. I soon switched Oboe teachers, I went from Kylie Hankosky (2013-2014) to Alison Robuck (2014-present), Oboe professor at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Over time I
For as long as I could remember, I have wanted to be a drum major of my high school marching band, The Mighty Marching Bucks of Hoke County High (MMB). A drum major is the leader of the marching band and also second in command under the Director. Before I was honored and presented with this title, I had what is known to be the “drum major instinct”. The “drum major instinct” was well described in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s final sermon “The Drum Major Instinct”. Dr. King describes it as “basic desires for recognition, for importance...We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade…”. Now, in retrospect, I found myself with those same wants and desires.
I wonder what it would be like to have a quiet mind. My mind is constantly working, thinking, and questioning. Ask anyone who knows me, and they will tell you that I am ostensibly taciturn. What they are not aware of is the match-on-gasoline behavior of my thoughts. It may take a few strikes, but when an idea sparks in my brain, a conflagration ensues. Through my years of quiet observation, I have noticed that people tend to think if you never talk it means you have nothing to say. The truth is quite the opposite: I have many things to say. My silence just means that I am thinking, observing, and analyzing. My demeanor is merely a foil to my inner world, which is chaotic and quite loud. Sometimes when the noise in my head gets too loud, a distraction
According to Daniel Levitin, a cognitive psychologist and neurologist, humans can recognize songs in any pitch (“Interview”). This means if “Mary Had a Little Lamb” is played with a different set of notes; humans would still recognize the song. If songs with only the same rhythm are so recognizable, does this mean music is more important to humans than believed? Music is built into the human mind and music has multiple physical and cognitive effects.
The Philosopher Plato once said "Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.". I remember the first time that music had begun to resonate within me; i was four years old and my mother had bought me a book and attached to that book was a little toy piano. I loved that book. It had so many songs in it that i could learn starting with the classic "Old McDonald Had A Farm". I was only four at the time, but i remember feeling so in tune with the book and this little plastic battery operated piano that me being able to play this song, wasn 't a big deal. However, my mother, watching from the corner, thought otherwise. That Christmas, my mom had brought me a bigger, yellow plastic piano that came with an attachable microphone and a yellow plastic stool. Again, i was only four, but that little piano, microphone, and stool became my home.
The learning process started with me making a decision of which instruments to play. The decision reflects on pathos because the decision involved me choosing between two instruments that I always wanted to play for their soft melody since I was young. I ended up choosing the piano because I already have one in the apartment. There were two ways to learn the piano; one is by viewing YouTube tutorials and the other is Virtual Piano.
I believe that being actively involved in a music program is a very important part to intellectual development. I am a very accomplished cellist who plays for the Columbus Symphony youth orchestra, and am also a member of the marching band's color guard. My experience in the music program at my high school benefited me in many ways. Personality wise, I grew confidence preforming as a cellist in front of other people. My achievements in the music program gave me a sense of accomplishment, and kept me engaged in school. I consider myself more intellectually and emotionally developed than my peers because being involved in the music program gave me empathy towards other cultures. Because of the music program, my self esteem increased, and my
I had just created a great invention that will undoubtedly change the world for the next fifty years and I need your assistance. I Thomas Edison will like to acquire a loan in the amount of $500. This amount of money will allow me to be able to build around sixty Cylinder Phonographs. The loan will give me the ability to purchase the resources that are used to create the phonograph, and to be able to pay employees that I will hire, the employees will help me build the sixty phonographs.
What if there is one activity that can benefit students in every school across the nation? An activity that helps students to raise their grades and scores on standardized testing? An activity that allows students to form lasting friendships? An activity that will help students become more disciplined and confident? Would you let your child take that activity? It is very likely that you answered yes to one of these questions. Who doesn’t want the best for their children? Luckily, this “activity” is accessible almost everyone. Unfortunately, many schools will not make it a part of their curriculum. This “activity” is something that everyone is aware of, but easily neglected. This activity is music.
Music has always been a part of my life. In definition, it is “vocal or instrumental sounds combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.” Ever since I was a young child, I have loved music. The strong, steady beats, the entrancing melodies, and the lyrics that vary between heartwarming and heart-wrenching have always had an unexplainable effect on my life. Music seems to have the ability to change certain aspects of my world. Even with my moods, whether it is sad or mad, music will help me get through it. It has absolutely been an enormous part of my life and who I am. Thus, this is to say that I have musical talent. I am in a high school marching band, where I play any piano-like instrument. My viewpoint with music has come to a simple conclusion, without it, I would not know who I am or what to do with my life.