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

Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Both my parents are musicians - my father professionally and my mother as an amateur - so there was always music played in my home. At the age of seven I professed to my parents that I loved the violin and began asking for lessons. That same year I started Suzuki violin lessons, and I have been playing ever since.

After completing my undergraduate degree I moved home to Brooklyn and began teaching Suzuki violin. At this point I was not planning on pursuing music professionally. I had seen firsthand from my father the financial and emotional difficulties that came with being a professional musician, and I wasn´t sure whether or not this was a path I was willing to go down. And yet, each year that passed I found myself further enamored with music, both as a performer, a teacher, and a student. I fell in love with that moment of shimmering quiet before the start of a performance, that moment when a student beams with joy after playing something beautifully, and that moment when a simple word or two from a teacher opens up new interpretation and renewed inspiration.

The power of music to create connection with others is something I want to strengthen for the rest of my life. As a young girl in first grade I can remember hearing a beautiful piece for violin and feeling my heart singing along with great passion. I still feel that way when I hear music and I am so excited to finally have the courage to commit to music professionally and pursue a Masters at Brooklyn College.

After graduating, I envision myself creating or joining a group of musicians dedicated to performing in communities or spaces that are not often given the opportunity to experience classical music. By becoming the best musician I can be I hope to strengthen my ability to share something beautiful and, in turn, inspire others to find their own means of expression.

Corinne from New York
Brooklyn College