Music Is My Life

Scholarship Entrant: Connor from Brooklyn, NY
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Connor: 7

My goal is to be a professional musician, a pianist. But music is and always has been my happiness, whether I get paid or not. To get paid for doing what brings me happiness would be another gift. But I am starting to see, now that I play where others can hear me, that my playing brings others happiness. When people come up to me after playing at my church or school and tell me how moved they were, it makes me even more happy. What could be better than that? So to get get paid for doing what makes me and other’s happy would be a kind of triple blessing. But being a professional takes a lot of hard work like practicing, learning all I can about music theory and history and listening to all kinds of music. Oh, and something else. Feeling it. Feeling is just as important as hitting the right notes. My teacher Alex G taught me to not just play something but say something. Like telling a story. So you have to listen to what’s right and what’s wrong, but also feel it. It makes a difference. If I feel it, others will also. So my goals are to learn what is learnable. That is, basic music theory – the rules. Practice what I learn. Feel what I practice. Continue composing my own music. Read music history and learn what I can from the masters and the musicians I admire. And above all, play!

Vote for Connor: 7

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