Why Music is Important – StudentScholarships.org

Why Music is Important – StudentScholarships.org

Charlie Parker said it best when he concluded that, “They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.” This world renowned jazz saxophonist knew exactly what he was talking about. I have learned that music is art; it is beautiful, expressive, playful, and its understanding and interpretation is always contoured to fit each individual’s life, regardless of what is taught through textbooks and schools. More than often, music is a reflection of history; of either the turmoil or the joy of real, human events. It is one of the few elements of society that has lasted throughout the centuries. I consider myself privileged to play bass guitar, an instrument that has roots from the early double bass, dating from 1490 in Venice, Italy. Furthermore, I consider it a challenge and adventure to major in Music Business, with a double minor in Spanish and also in Church Music Ministry at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

My life has been about music. My elementary and high school years were spent playing in the school band and jazz band in San Antonio, Texas. I have also played for years at my father’s church with my sister and her vocal abilities, my mother on the piano, and my favorite cousin on the drums. I have a very large family with many uncles, aunts, and almost 30 cousins. On my mother’s side, I am the oldest one in the entire family. I am the first to graduate from high school, the first to attend college, and the first to move away from home. I know that by doing all of this, I am setting an example for the younger generation in my family to realize that they too can follow this road.

Because I am deeply rooted in my Mexican culture, I have also decided to double minor in Spanish and also in church ministry. Being bilingual is an experience beyond any other. With this acquired ability, I have been able to help my church and my community as well. I have often found myself translating work for my father or helping my mother understand something. Furthermore, I realize that the statistics in reference to Latinos, specifically Mexican-Americans, graduating from an American university is at a nationwide low. I feel that by graduating from SNU, not only will I be an additional number for a rise in the statistics, but a stepping stone towards reaching the milestone that declares that American education is founded in equality.

This fall semester has been very difficult for me. I have moved nearly 600 miles away from the familiarity of life—my family and friends and upbringing. The only thing that keeps me going at times is the reassurance that I feel very passionate about this goal of mine. I am certain that in four years, I will have my degree. Because SNU is a private university, it is one of the most expensive schools in Oklahoma. Living on campus and paying out-of-state tuition also raises the cost for me. With full-time status at the school and orchestra practices, my schedule does not allow time for a part-time job either. Because my parents are pastors, they have had to take additional part-time jobs to cover expenses. I know that their contributions combined will not be enough to sustain my college-related expenses for the next four years. The Frank O’Neill award will be an amazing contribution towards my academic career.

Although music is universal, its meaning is not. It takes on a different significance for each person. For me, it is the passion that fuels the desire to further explore it, play it, and live it—one note at a time.

StudentScholarships.org is a scholarship database that has a big list of music scholarships.