July 30, 2020

Hello everyone.

It's been a very long time since I've greeted all of you on this medium, over a year judging by the drafts I had saved. And what a time to return, right? A lot has changed in the year that I haven't been active on this blog not just in my personal or pr...

Here in Music Major Land, many of us may share the same major but all of us have different life plans and changes that shape how we head into the future. It's important as a community to know and learn from the paths of not only our predecessors and mentors but also ou...

January 29, 2019

Welcome back for week 5 of this [self-proclaimed] fantastic blog venture. The past 4 weeks has been super fun for me to take the time to type out ideas that I usually talk to myself about when I'm home alone and share them with the public. This week, instead of ONLY my...

January 22, 2019

Let's flash back in time. I'm a freshman. It's Fall 2014. The future looks endless as I watch the upperclassmen and graduate students in my School of Music excel at everything. I would later realize that it was all pretense but that's not the point. I quickly began to...

January 15, 2019

A couple weeks ago I saw this article a few weeks ago from some obscure Facebook post that was saying that medical schools were looking to accept more students who majored in music during their undergraduate careers. And my first thought was, "why on earth would they w...

January 8, 2019

"If your dreams do not scare you, then they are not big enough." - Author Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

I think that from the moment most of us are able to talk, a common question we are asked from adults is, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" And we say the biggest fu...

January 1, 2019

Hi everyone! It's been quite a while since I've posted a blog entry (since 2017!) and I've been trying to think about how to make it more appealing to myself to try again. I've decided to try a sort of New Year's Resolution for myself but I see it more as a "Challenge"...

June 15, 2017

It's so easy to say that music can stand on its own and be quite a moving experience by itself. And many people can give examples of these such as Shostakovich's 5th Symphony which was accused of being a huge response to criticism that he previously received, or the gr...

March 3, 2017

Writing Resolution for SATB Saxophone Quartet was not originally supposed to be an emotional piece for me. It was originally just going to be a submission for a school wide composition contest happening in the Fall of 2016. Winners got their pieces to be recorded by a...

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