My experiences in high school, college, & graduate school of studying with several different teachers on various instruments influenced the direction of my life in a profound way. These experiences instilled in me a deep appreciation of music that I believe is an important part of any well-rounded person. Furthermore, taking music lessons exposed me to a way of life that I otherwise would not have considered: a life in music. Young people should be exposed to many different lifestyles, ways of thinking, and professions. That way, they can draw from many sources as they create their own unique life/career path.