My Dream to Become a Musician

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From a tender age, having heard stories about my grandfather’s career as a play-by-ear pianist, I have had a passion for music and determination to pursue a career as a musician. I first fell in love when I was four. That was the particular year my father signed me up for piano lessons. I still remember touching those ivory keys with reverence, feeling excited and happy that I would soon be playing like those sweet familiar melodies (my grandfather used to play) myself.

To my surprise, however, my teacher handed me a set of Beginner’s books instead of setting the score for Fur Elise on the piano that stood right in front of me. I had to read through the Book of Theory, learn to read the notes of bass and treble clefs, and practice. I remember how my palms arched as if an apple were cupped between my fingers, hitting pone, not at a time.

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It took me a few years of theory and repetition before I received my first-full length classical piece, which was a sonatina by Muzio Clementi. I diligently followed the laid down directives of the composer and practiced the new piece every day. I played each staccato note crisply and hit every crescendo and each decrescendo dutifully. I performed the piece gracefully for my teacher and lifted my hands with triumph and flourish after I was done. However, instead of my teacher clapping, she gave me a serious look and took my hands in hers.My dear, music, she said,is not just memorization or fingers. It’s not just technique. It comes from the heart.

That is how I discovered my passion for music and arts.

Having worked tirelessly to gain practical and academic experience, in the field, I’m confident enough that I possess the ability to pursue and succeed at graduate level. In school, I have performed exemplarily in a range of subjects. I showed my ability and motivation by taking my high-school diploma months early. I have best performed particularly in musically related subjects.

During the high school years, I played the piano in church services and attended major rallies where I got the opportunity to share my talent and sing to the audience while playing the piano. To spice up things for myself and the congregation, I took to experimenting, where I paired the written melodies with harmonies and chords of my creation. I seldom played a song the same manner twice;

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