The typical teenager has a playlist of music on their phone of the newest music from the talented recording artist of this century. That’s not me, I am the kid with classical music blaring until I drive my friends into complete boredom and playing foreign music until my family questions whether I’m truly an American. The “good” music of today falls into the genres of pop and hip-pop, but the music lacks a story. I have always felt like an outcast who is searching for his purpose through words and music helps me find myself. I began to take piano lessons at the age of six with numbers of different teachers from old ladies who play on Sunday mornings at church to Broadway performers turned worship pastors. Each one of these teachers left an imprint
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At 11 years old, I sat outside Mr. Tilman Singleton’s porch waiting for my piano lesson. From outside the front door, I could hear the frustrated comments and the occasional bangs of his hands pounding on the piano. Slowly, I stood up off the bench and opened the door. “You never improve! This is trash and you know it. Your lesson is over. Next Victim.” I assumed the victim was me. At first glance, my piano teacher Mr. Singelton was a tall, startling skinny, man with thinning hair and a large pair of glasses. I still remember what he wore my first lesson: turquoise dress pants perfectly creased, and a pink plaid button down shirt. Every outfit looked straight out of an 80s magazine. He was the definition of eccentric. Today, I will be commemorating my former piano teacher Tilman Singleton; the man whose character, perseverance, and friendship will forever inspire my musical dreams.
I have loved music since I was born, it has always been there for me. Although I love all genre of music my favorite has to be country music. You can interpret so much from one verse of music. From kindergarten to fourth grade I was in the school talent show singing. I loved getting on that stage and showing people what I could do.
No sooner than we came back with the drinks than one guy who I found was named Dan pulled out a baggie and rolled a couple of big joints. Those were passed around and it seemed like Jazz always had one in her hand as the guys kept passing them to her.
Working with music takes a certain type of patients. That’s why when I knew this project was present, I had the perfect person in mind because I worked so close with this person once before. So, I decided to gather my resources and get in contact with our family friend Dr. Snodgrass who is the superintendent of the Fort Osage R-1 School District and ask if I could receive her email so I could set up a facetime call with her and get this interview on the road. Her name Is Erica Gregory and she is a high school band teacher at Fort Osage located in Independence Missouri. The reasons I decided to interview her were simple. First, she was my star time teacher which meant she was my study hall teacher. As a freshman coming into high school and being placed in a study hall class
Jokes aside, Thank u for your voice, your music and for beinf such a safe haven, your songs calm me down when I' stressed and cheer me up when I'm sad; u make me laugh with silly things u say and the stories u share (that it's a big acomplishment, I'm telling u). U said once that u hoped ur music didn' t only bring sadness to people and I can garantee u that it doesnt.
When it was 11:50 Jazz and I went to my Range Rover and got inside the car. Jazz had to drive my car back to the hotel because I sprained my ankle making me too “disabled” to drive a car. God, spraining my ankle has a lot of setbacks, I might even die in my car sine Jazz is driving, I thought to myself. After reaching the hotel without dying, we went to the auditorium to find that it was almost full yet we managed to find two seats next to each other in the fifth row.
My transcripts show that I only participated in band my freshman and sophomore years. Band became a necessary sacrifice because I still needed to fit in graduation requirements and a load of AP classes to my junior and senior year schedules; however, my music career did not end! I found a way to continue playing the bass guitar in my church praise band, and I am currently going on my sixth year of playing. I will be flexible in continuing my music career, whether it be in a class or a club, because it is definitely an activity that has become important to me.
I was enrolled in a Music Appreciation class over the summer and had a final grade of a 97. The first semester of school I was enrolled in American History; Found Principles, Civics and Economics Honors (90), Symphonic Band (100), Honors Biology (94) and Microsoft Word and Powerpoint (96). During second semester I have been enrolled in North Carolina Math II Honors (90), Symphonic Band (100), Health Science I (96) and Honors English II
I was unable to attend a live concert for my report so I choose a concert from online. I choose a piece composed by one of my favorite composers from this class, Giuseppe Verdi. In Listening to Music, Craig Wright describes Verdi as a classic Italian opera composer of the 19th century and one of the most famous (pg.289). This particular piece is entitled Aida and was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The video of the concert was published on February 8, 2015 and consist of four acts. The performers of the piece included a conductor named Duncan Riddell and an orchestra called the Royal Philharmonic. The concert also had characters signings vocals throughout the entire performance. Aidia was played by Claire Rutter, Radames by
As I picked up this foreign object and gently placed its mouthpiece to my lips, I began to play. Upon playing a coarse note, the sound of the trumpet reverberated throughout the room while fruition enveloped me, igniting a newfound passion. I was captivated by this skill, as it had become a unique means of expressing myself.
I still vividly remember my first day in “Intro To Music Business” with Chris Daniels, and he said something to the class that day that has weighed very heavily on me throughout this semester. His words to the class that day were something along the lines of
Unbelievably, the loud outgoing girl I am today is the product of my parents forcing me into theatre classes when I was six. Additionally, years of teaching and directing at local children’s theatres only fueled my desires to teach further. I want to help children in the way that my previous mentors helped me, and the best way for me to do that is through music. I want to inspire, to influence, and to foster a love of music in all. Furthermore, it is my goal to one day bring music to underprivileged communities to allow equal access to the arts. I am fortunate enough to live in a community was many scholarships and grants that allow me to participate in numerous classes and shows. Many people do not have this opportunity, and it is my hope to one provide everyone with equal access to the arts, who will in turn use these skills to better
Hey have you ever wanted to know about why I love iTunes music. Well I really love iTunes music because it tells me what I am. For example, I am brave,caring,cool,and frightening. Now I will explain to you why I am all those things.First of all I brave because I am only afraid of heights and not many others. Second I am caring because I care for my family sometimes and mainly my friends.Third of all I am cool because I do daring stuff that everybody likes. Last of all I am frightening because when I have my bad days I look crazy and I have many fighting stories.
Two years ago, my grandmother died from Alzheimer’s and I wanted to do something about it. For a school “Change the World” project, I researched medical and social initiatives and discovered a non-profit organization, called Music and Memory. The movie, Alive Inside, showed how they used music to touch and “awaken” seniors suffering from dementia. I wanted to participate and developed a plan to fund-raise to provide local Alzheimer’s patients with iPods, customized with playlists with each person’s favorite music. I raised over $500 and collected a number of iPods. I did not have time to identify and get permission to meet with seniors by the conclusion of the project. The experience showed me how much could be done with motivation, focus, and a little support. I did fail to meet the goal, but the setback did not diminish my passion for music and fondness for seniors.