Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

I plan on continuing my education in order to realize my passion, and have a greater impact on myself and those around me. Ever since I can remember I have always loved music, and just had a joy and enthusiasm for making sound with whatever I could get my hands on. Music has always had a very positive and uplifting affect on my life, and I believe music can add positivity to everyone that embraces it. Through whatever troubles I might have gone through in life, music has always been consistently present in my life to be an uplifting energy. Music for me is a lifelong passion that I hope to share with everyone, so I might help other experience the joy of music that I have experienced.
Music is available to everyone, everyone with a voice can sing, and everyone can find a stick and bang a rhythm on a drum, box, rock, trashcan, or tree. When shown how we can develop that creative outlet that lies within us waiting to come out. I have been teaching students of all ages how to play guitar and piano for over two years, and that has been a rewarding experience to have a positive influence in people’s lives to help them realize music as a practice and an art that requires dedication and commitment, as well as a pastime and hobby that is fun and very enjoyable.
When I finish my education I will be better prepared and qualified to realize my passion of music and give back to the community. As all the musicians of the past and today have influenced my life by creating music and sharing it with the world, I hope to also put my music out in the world and make it accessible so that it might have a positive impact in someone else’s life.

Randall from California
California Institute of the Arts