My Motivations

Blog no, 4 on my motivations.

I have many things that motivate me in life. I have a desire to be someone that has caused positive change in the community and all around me. This desire fuels my work towards becoming a more scholarly person, and trying to achieve more. Another motivation is my family. I want to always work hard so that my family will be proud of me and my accomplishments, because this is really important to me. Most importantly, however, is my motivation by professional musicians. They have caused me to look at every new piece in a different way, and analyze it to try and find every little detail. Finally, I am motivated by a drive for success. I want to become a successful person, with a great job, a nice house (lots of dogs) and a loving family.

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My Values

Blog No. 3, on what I value.

I will start out with what I value as a character trait, then move towards what I value as part of my future. As a person, I value the ability to say one thing and not do another. If a person says that they will do something, I want to be 100 percent sure that it will get done. I value having an interesting personality, and being well-rounded in order to be less boring. The ability to keep moving even when a significant obstacle is in the way is also important to me.

What I value in a career is the ability to have an impact on people around me and their living condition. As a surgeon, I want  to be able to cause positive change in peoples’ lives. I also value family and being able to spend time with them, although as a surgeon that may be difficult to do. I want to be doing research that can bring new tools to fighting centuries old diseases. Most of all, however, I value having fun, and bettering myself throughout my entire career.

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Work Habits

Blog Post #2

Work Habits

This week, I was given the opportunity to analyze myself in a new way. As part of this blog post, I took apart and looked really closely at my work habits. So, here’s my post about my work habits.

When thinking about my work habits this weekend, I began to have the (false) assumption that I was doing pretty well as far as said habits went. I almost always have my homework done in time for class, and I am usually prepared for the pop quiz. However, this week I learned some new things to try when learning new things.

I have been using the process of repetition in my artistic career for a long time, as memorizing ten to sixteen page pieces regularly takes quite a few times through before you can remember the specific bass line and how it moves with the melody. I have also had many opportunities to test myself with piano literature before performing in front of a large, live audience, which helps to show the problems that you are having with the work. So rather than this showing how I think that my work habits in life can apply to my musical career, I think that I can use my years of repetition and testing myself in music can and has added to my work habits in social and scholastic situations.

In the article we read this week for this blog post, the author mentions that as soon as you encounter something new, you immediately begin to forget it. The first couple weeks of college are probably the most opportune time to see this, as I’ve introduced myself to 300 people and have no idea who 98% of them are an hour later. The author of the article recommends repeating something many times, at different intervals of time in order to remember it. They also recommend that one test themselves on whatever they have just learned to make sure that they know it well. I think that if I make a point of using someone’s name in conversation that I will be much better at remembering them, and if whenever I see them, I try to think of their name, then I can’t possibly forget them.

P.S. This applies to more than just names… I was trying to think of a good example, and figured you’d rather not hear about the polyatomic ions I have to memorize for tomorrow.

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Autobiography

This is my first blog post, about my personal history and motivation in music.

When I was extremely young, (of course I was too young to remember but this is what my mom says) I decided that I wanted to learn how to play an instrument. Any instrument for a child of 3 years of age can appear to be extremely intimidating, but my choice to play the piano is still astounding to me. I can’t even imagine a tiny little kid sitting at a big grand piano trying to figure out how to wrangle it’s huge range of sound into an easy rendition of ode to joy. But somehow I managed to figure it out.

I first began playing piano on a small keyboard purchased at a garage sale, a slightly broken, fake sounding keyboard, that didn’t even have the full range of keys. I would play on this piano for the next few years, as my parents were anxious to buy a piano in this early stage of my study. (This is of course justified, pianos are expensive) The story is extremely common, and I’ve heard it at many a gig. “I used to play the piano but I quit, I wish I would have kept going.” So I guess this begs the question of why I managed to keep the motivation to play the piano for so long and I still keep doing it today. One of my earliest memories I associate with the piano is when I had just begun playing and I learned a piece in an Alfred beginner piano book called “Morning is Broken.” My mom liked to hear the piece, and it was obviously familiar to her, so one morning I waited downstairs until she came down for breakfast.  I then played the song for her, and she was happy to hear it. This is probably one of the primary reasons that I play piano, and why I’m still motivated to do it today. I have, just by doing something that I love and makes me happy, to cause change in someone else. I can make an audience happy or sad, or even use music to influence change in a community by getting children involved in music.

This is how I started the piano, what motivated me to keep at it, and what drives me to be the artist I am today. I want to continue to perform and cause change in people’s lives, hopefully all throughout my career.

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Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody (In the style of Victor Borge)

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August 31, 2013 · 3:04 am

Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance

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August 31, 2013 · 3:02 am

Benefit Concert

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This is a picture from a benefit concert for a children’s orchestra and library that I played at. Really great to perform with Catherine Zeng, Alondra Bahls, Laura Bomeny, Savannah Flak, and Rafael Riera.

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August 19, 2013 · 2:30 pm