The Privilege of Music

Scholarship Entrant: Leah from farmington hills, mi
Essay Question: How has music changed your life? Please describe a specific example and share what music means to you.
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Every morning, every night and any time in between, music is apart of my life. I wake up, put in my headphones and listen to music. I am not just listening to a tune to fill the silence: music is not just background noise. It’s more than that. Music has always meant something way more to me ever since I can remember. At age 6, I started singing. Although, I wasn’t very good at it, I knew it was something i loved to do. All throughout elementary school, I was known as the girl who loved to sing. Even though I wasn’t the best, i kept singing and singing. All that singing at such a young age made me realize what the one thing I really loved was. By 5th grade, i bought my first guitar and started learning the violin. I won “Best Singer” at my school and had the privilege of 4 choir solos. By grade 9, I mastered the guitar, drums, violin and continued to sing my heart out. Without music and it’s divine powers, I genuinely believe I wouldn’t be the same person I am today. I know that learning and experiencing music is a privilege. In fact, I feel horribly for anyone who doesn’t live with the euphoric freedom music brings to many people across the world. Music has bettered me in all ways possible. It grants me freedom, brings me safety and makes me more happy than anything else I could have ever imagined.

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