As a working adult who has spent my years since high school graduation out in the “real world” and current job market, one thing that I have learned is the importance of loving the work you do to make a living. After 6 years of working a customer service job that simply pays the bills and allows the comfort for my wife and I to enjoy ourselves on the weekends, it eventually became clear that customer service would not be the career that would sustain any long-lasting happiness for me or have much impact on others. Enter music. Music has been a driving force in my life ever since I can remember, but always purely as a labor of love yielding little to no financial gain. Now, in an attempt to bring workplace happiness and a stable career into my life as well as myriad opportunities to impact others’ lives positively, I believe I have found my calling as a Music Educator.
Whether a person considers him- or herself a “musician” or not, music seems to universally impact all of us on some profound level, and I like to think of music as a universal language that unifies all human beings. We have all been moved by a particular piece of music striking us at the ripest moment or looked on with awe at a seemingly superhuman musician on a stage who is experiencing a transcendental moment – we all connect on our own level to the majesty of music. Especially during developmental stages as well as formative teenage years, music can profoundly impact one’s development and possibly their entire life’s trajectory. As a Music Educator, I hope to facilitate those moments on a daily basis and to help youths connect in a productive manner to the joys of making music. I believe that these experiences can teach us more about ourselves than we knew before, and that they can help expand our minds into fulfilling many other life goals in the process.
To make this goal of mine a reality, I have enrolled myself into the Music Education program at VanderCook College of Music – a Chicago university whose specific mission is to train teachers of music in every respect necessary. Upon graduation, with a Bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in hand, I will be empowered to impress unto future students the wealth of knowledge and skills I will have learned, and hopefully they will then be able to take their own skills and experience to create music of their own. Someday these students will be performing your new favorite song on the radio. They will be in the orchestra at your favorite opera. They will be scoring your favorite films. I will be able to see these students accomplish these things and take blissful satisfaction in knowing that perhaps I sparked their creativity while in my class.