Passion is an essential part of anyone’s life. People turn passions into lifestyles and careers and allow their passions to develop and define who they are. Medical doctors are passionate about the human body, lawyers are passionate about the judicial system, and writers are passionate about language. Everyone has a passion that drives them to achieve their goals and become who they want to be in life. Ever since I became a musician, my greatest passion has been music.
My passion for music first started a few years ago when I received my first guitar. From the moment I picked it up and started playing, I knew that it would immediately become a major part of my life. Over the past few years I have improved immensely in my musical abilities and have been steadily committed to improving even more and becoming the best I can be. I hope that the time that I have spent pursuing my passion will benefit me when the time comes where my education in music will challenge me to rise and succeed as a musician. Even though I did not begin playing my instrument or studying music until later than most of the musicians that I must compete with today, I believe that my hard work and dedication will allow me to stand out and succeed in the music...
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A Passion For Music - Varsity Tutors Scholarship Essay
For many students there is a particular subject that excites them. Some are enthusiastic over World War II or solving for “X”. Even if a student does not care for some of their classes, there is always one subject that can push them through a long day. Sometimes a teacher or certain learning environment sways a student towards a certain subject. Throughout my education, I have taken a variety of different courses. My favorite subject has changed as well. From English to French to History, the one constant joy in my school day has always been music.
On my home videos of me as a child, I am always singing and dancing. ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’ and ‘Silent Night’ being a couple of my favorites, I have always had a passion for music. In elementary school, we had a music class that rotated along with Physical Education. The most instrumental person in shaping my love for music was my elementary music teacher. Although many kids have different passions, I believe that devotion to any subject needs an enthusiastic teacher or adult to help shape the way.
My elementary music teacher always had a smile on her face in class. She asked students about their day, and always knew something special about each individual student. She had us learn songs each year. Some would be retaught every year, such as Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”. She used books to enhance the songs. She also tried to expose us children to as many different instruments as she could. We played musical bingo and had to guess the type of instrument that was playing. Although I never won, it was always fun to try and tell the difference between an oboe and a clarinet. We worked on rhythm and used all different kinds of drums and chimes and made songs with them. Her creativity really sparked my passion for music because my elementary school music teacher brought me the most joy throughout my entire school day.
I sung in choir in junior high in 7th and 8th grade. Those classes were okay. There was nothing very spectacular about them until 9th grade choir. I attended a junior high, which taught grades 7-9 rather than 6-8 in a typical middle school. 9th grade choir was by far the most competitive music environment that I had participated in. It was not the most enjoyable year because I had entered the classroom thinking it was going to be as fun and fair as it had been the past two years. During that year I had some hard times with some of the girls in the class. I believe that that was the first time when I really tuned in to the beauty of music, and tuned out to the craziness that was surrounding me. I then became far more competitive, and learned to defend myself. In a way, focusing more on the musical aspect allowed me to appreciate the beauty of music more than I ever had.
Now that I am in high school, I am now more involved in music than ever before. I participate in four auditioned choral ensembles at my high school. Two of them are held during school hours and the other two are held after school and require practicing outside of school. I also take voice lessons from a very accomplished and intelligent teacher who shows me things about music and myself every week. However, these ensembles and other extracurriculars brought me to the decision to quit piano lessons, which I have taken since I was very young. This was very sad for me, but I will be forever grateful for the basis of my musical knowledge and the encouragement to pursue music in school.
My music teachers are absolutely brilliant, and serve as an inspiration for me every day. I credit all of my teachers to my musical growth, and that is why music is my favorite subject. Every teacher that I have had has shown an obvious devotion to what they were teaching, and I believe that this passion for what those teachers have to teach me, along with my fellow peers is what connects me to the music.