University of California - Berkeley
Music Is My Passion
Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud, and how does it relate to the person you are?
There was a gleam and bright blue spark in my teacher’s eyes as she taught piano. The young student looked at her in excited amazement, a smile spreading across her face, like the smile of a mother seeing her newborn baby for the first time. This was my first glimpse of a piano lesson that was not my own, and watching it awakened a desire to teach other children music.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved music. I always had the urge to learn piano but never had the opportunity until my current teacher, Erin, offered me free lessons: my low-income family never had enough money to pay for these lessons before Erin entered my life. I remember watching televised concert hall performances, musicians who poured their entire beings into their instruments, and wishing I could be like them. When Erin finally gave me the incredible opportunity to start taking piano lessons with her a few years ago, my life changed.
In addition to offering me piano lessons, Erin allowed me to serve as a music practice coach for her younger students once a week. It was amusing to see the students play, to earnestly turn their faults into successes, and I was privileged to have the chance to guide them through the world of music and help them...
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