Exceptional Music

Scholarship Entrant: Danielle from Buffalo, New York
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 Danielle: 2

If I were to earn a living doing what I love the most, I would be living a life that revolved around music and science. While I greatly enjoy science, my career goals are music oriented. In addition to these interests, I have always found happiness in working with children who struggle with learning disabilities. A long term goal of mine is to create an orchestra and/or band solely made up of children and teenagers with special needs. My goal would be to train them to play at a professional level and perform just as all professional ensembles do. While this ambition came to mind relatively recently, the initial spark was probably set when I was around twelve years old. I was watching a documentary of a teenage boy with severe autism who struggled with basic concepts that were too abstract for him to understand. Despite his severe mental disabilities, he was able to play any musical piece he was familiar with on piano without any preparation. This proved to me that an individual with learning disabilities may have also extraordinary talents that aren’t clear at first glance. If I could form a musical ensemble for special needs individuals, correlations between music and learning could become clearer. This would change the world because it would change the overall understanding of how both people with and without special needs think, learn and develop. In the end, this new knowledge could create better opportunities for these people.

Vote for Danielle: 2

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