It all started the first year of high school when I came to my first class, Beginner’s Orchestra. It was an unexpected class in my schedule. When I told my teacher that I did not ask for an orchestra class, she told me that I should take this challenge. Back in elementary school, I was in an afterschool program which offered violin lessons. I remember learning the basics of the instrument such the scales and the hot cross buns song was something that I am sure I mastered. Unfortunately, in middle school, I was placed in a class where we had chorus as a music class instead. This hiatus made me forget about the enjoyment of playing music. In my final year of high school, I have been learning and practicing the violin every day. Even though I am not at the highest level, I continue to work my hardest to become more proficient. I still need to work on perfecting techniques such as my hand eye coordination or vibrato, the …show more content…
For me, playing violin is both a physical and a mental workout. The process of making your own music gives me the sense of excitement and achievement. During the winter season, we get to play Christmas songs such as We Wish You a Very Christmas or Ukrainian Bell Carol to get into the holiday spirit. In addition, performing in front of the entire school and being applauded give me the feeling of accomplishment. At first, I thought orchestra class would be a distraction to my academics. After years of playing, I have noticed that playing the violin has only helped me. For example, it allowed me to concentrate more on my studies and it relieved my stress from my school work. Furthermore, orchestra class helped me connect with other musicians who have similar interests. Playing with a class of around sixty students is an experience that I will not forget. When I along with other violinists play along with the cellists and violists, we produce such a rich, harmonic, and melodic
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After graduating from high school, I entered Soochow University, whose music department is among the best in Taiwan. During these four years, I had numerous opportunities to perform on stage. Realizing early on that performance is the lifeblood of musicians, I joined as many orchestras, wood bands, and brass quintets as possible to acquire performance experience. Having numerous performing chances, and enjoying each of them, inspired me to become a professional musician in the future. Besides taking part in performing activities, I also used my experiences and knowledge to teach students. Believing that teaching others how to appreciate the beauty of life is fulfilling, I teach both to give knowledge and to enhance my own artistic ability. Because I so enjoyed my conversations with students, I remain committed to teaching and trying to convince others of the limitless joys of music.
Why would you ever want to be?! Is mainstream violinist what you want to be? Do you can to blend in with everyone else and not stand out? Violins are the smallest instruments in the orchestra. Who wants that tiny thing? It’ll get lost easily because of that size! They are the most played instrument and tend to have a large group of players so your sound will probably be masked by the others. Many times violists start on a violin because it’s a smaller size, but then change over to the viola as they grow older (that’s because we’re amazing). The violins are also the self-centered instruments because they always want to have the melodies and they think they’re the best when in reality they aren’t. OH! When they are played wrong, it is one. Of. The. Worst. Sounds. Ever. They sound like dying cats on that E string if they are out of tune! I can’t imagine anyone would intend to play
The obstacle I had to confront a problem my freshman year in high school. I entered into orchestra class to learn the basics of playing violin. I use to play before, but I forgot how it was played. Our teacher gave us a book to read called the “The Inner Game of Tennis.” Told us to look through it and find the deeper mean towards the book. I found it interesting that he gave us a book of tennis theme. The thing we should focus on is the position of our finger patterns and note names.
The first time I picked up an instrument was at the age of 7 when I was in third grade. You can call it fate, luck, or my destiny but I was one of the three students that was able to join my elementary orchestra. Of course like any kid, I was afraid if had the ability to do such a thing. I mean it’s not every day you’re recruiting into the arts. I kept asking myself “can I do this? Will I fit in this group?” in other words can I be part of the classical music culture? It wasn’t till my first school concert where I had my first solo of “My Heart Will Go On” the love theme from Titanic that I was able to express the countless hours put into a 15 second solo. After that experience I never questioned if I belonged to the culture. Instead I focused on the next story I would tell on stage with the music score in
Music has always been one of things I excelled in. In elementary school it was required to be in music but second in 5th grade you have the option to be in band. I was in band for 6 years before I stopped and I went to 5 honor bands. I played tenor saxophone and was 2nd chair all six years. Jazz band was something we had in middle school and high school. We had 2 jazz bands in middle school. Jazz one was for 8th graders and jazz two was 7th grade. I played in both. My first year I played tenor 1 and 2 and the second year I played baritone saxophone. My 9th grade year I played only tenor one. We didn’t have to audition but the students who plays that instrument normally would have first say in who gets 1st, 2nd and sometimes 3rd part. That
Over the years I have gotten really good and learned quite a lot of songs. I love the violin so much because I love this high sounds of it. Sometimes when I hear a violin playing really high while the whole orchestra is playing low I think it sounds pretty.
During the Baroque era, music itself was what provided the main force to keep refining the violin bow design. While the focus during the 17th and early 18th century was on fulfilling the increasing demands of challenging compositions. The compositions were orientated towards solo performance. The emphasis for compositions shifted during the 18th century towards bourgeois concert performance, which called for a powerful sound. The more powerful sound was so that it could assert itself in larger spaces. The violin had become established as a solo instrument that was able to hold its own in larger ensembles such as symphonic orchestras. The musical world of today is focused more and more on outstanding virtuosi. A virtuosi is someone who is a master or genius at something. The performance style of these virtuosi was defined by a multi-facetted bowing
I am majoring in violin performance and music has been my passion, life and soul for the last fourteen years. I am devoted to study violin in order to develop all the necessary musicianship, techniques and skills to become a well rounded and solid professional in music with specialty in violin performance.
Most teachers I have met either grew up with parents who were teachers, or were inspired as students by great teachers who have made their students desire to be just like them. In my case, I grew up with no musical background or teaching background. Both my mother and father never attempted nor had the ambition to play music or teach. Needless to say, I had many teachers who supported me and drove me to do what I loved. I started to play the guitar by age nine and when I hit middle school I joined band. I was itching to play percussion. I wanted to be the loud, annoying snare drum in the back that everyone hated. When tryout days came around I went in and completely bombed my chances. I had no rhythm and no sense of time. My director then encouraged me to try something else. I made my way over to the trumpet and after struggling to even hold it properly, I decided that trumpet was not for me. Now devastated, and on the verge of crying, I had thought of giving up. What I wanted to play, I was not good at, and I did not find any other instrument appealing. My director then pointed me in the direction of a long, slim, silver tube with keys. “The flute?!” I snarled at him, questioning his opinion. The flute is not the instrument for me. The flute is for the rich girls who think they are so beautiful and flawless because they play the flute. My director smiled and said, “Just give it a chance.” I picked it up and with
The screechy, scratching sound of the violin, the goose-like honk of the clarinet, and the thumping raucous of the drums are all sounds of an aspiring musician learning to play a musical instrument for the first time. I believe everyone should learn how to play a musical instrument. Nowadays, people tend to want to partake in activities that provide instant gratification rather than undertaking tasks that require discipline but yield long-term benefits. I think that some people do not want to play a musical instrument because they think it is too difficult or too costly. The advantages of learning a musical instrument, however, far outweigh any opposing arguments people may suggest. Everyone should learn how to play a musical instrument because
Even with his newfound knowledge, school was still not interesting, and it was actually worse than it had been before. Now, along with his dislike of the teaching methods, his classmates disliked him for being somewhat of a loner, and because he was so much more intelligent than any of them. His lone passion outside of science was playing the violin, which he continued to do throughout his life. His love of the violin stemmed from his love of classical music, which his mother encouraged him to listen to. But because of his difficulties associating with his teachers and fellow students, he dropped out of school at the age...
Reflecting from my past experiences, there were many reasons why playing in the orchestra interested me. When we focused on our concerts, we cooperated as a group to make sure that everything fell into place and ran smoothly. I liked how I was part of a group and how I had a “role” to play to make the concert a success. I learned that each person is important in order to become a successful orchestra. By working in these groups, I made many friends along the way. Most importantly, I got to express myself through music. Whether it’s singing, painting, or playing an instrument, people share what they believe and how they feel about something through their art.
However I did not have a big problem being in that class, the only issue was there were no instrument like a keyboard piano. The instrument that I picked was the brass flute since it looked easy to learn. As I continued to practice playing the flute in my Beginning Band class and rehearse after school, I mastered to which keys to press and how to blow properly in the riser. To be able to play at a slow tempo, regular tempo, and swift tempo. As matter of fact, I also learned to work well and play all together with my classmates and my flute partner, Robbie Lee. From being in this class, My Beginning Band has taught me skills of playing an instrument besides a keyboard piano and gave me more knowledge about music. Somehow being in that class, it inspired me to teach myself to sing well and show people that I do not just draw, but that I know how to sing and
Learning to play any musical instrument, benefits an individual in all aspects of life, whether it 's academically, socially, physically, or emotionally. Instruments that were created to make musical sounds are categorized into five main groups; strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and keyboards. And all it takes is dedication and admiration in order to successfully learn how to play an instrument. I believe that musicians, those who have musical ability, have an advantage over other individuals who don 't have the knowledge to play an instrument. Becoming a musician will also open up so many opportunities that are undeniably gratifying.