Scholarship Application for a Music Program Essay

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Music is one of the most fascinating aspects of a civilization, and yet it’s importance is often overlooked by many in today’s world. The existence of music dates well beyond any known civilization, and its gradual evolution drastically varies from culture to culture. To me, the notion that music is a mere reflection of society is a statement I used to take for granted. Although this notion is true to some degree, mainly with some popular music, my research has led me to conclude that all music influences society on a greater scale than one would assume. In ancient times, there existed many correlations between changes in music followed by changes in society. These range from the ushering of new eras of prosperity, to the conservation of …show more content…
Music is one of the most fascinating aspects of a civilization, and yet it’s importance is often overlooked by many in today’s world. The existence of music dates well beyond any known civilization, and its gradual evolution drastically varies from culture to culture. To me, the notion that music is a mere reflection of society is a statement I used to take for granted. Although this notion is true to some degree, mainly with some popular music, my research has led me to conclude that all music influences society on a greater scale than one would assume. In ancient times, there existed many correlations between changes in music followed by changes in society. These range from the ushering of new eras of prosperity, to the conservation of traditions for millennia, and even to the collapse of a civilization. As a performer and composer I aim to go deeper into the understanding of the different elements of music, and its specific effects on all aspects of a human being, so that I can implement them in my own musical works.

I began my musical training in middle school as a trombonist and taught myself how to play the drum set at the same time. In high school I played percussion for concert band, orchestra and percussion ensemble. I graduated Bayside High School with a 95 average and won the award for musical achievement. Since I had virtually no encouragement to play music from my non-musical known family, including my mother, I was deterred from majoring in music. After a