by Ana Vargis, University of Texas, Tower PR
When I think of the arts and arts education, I immediately link it to passion. In my experience, passion has been the very thing the arts shown me and I believe has been the reason of why I am at this stage in my life; a senior at the University of Texas ready to graduate and follow my passion as my career, music.
I remember with clarity my first encounter with passion at the tender age of 10. I was in the fourth grade and during music class I was asked to sing in front of the whole entire class. So I did it. Little did I know that, after my little act, I would be asked to join the school choir. And so it began, after my first choir practice I fell in love with music. I started singing, then I started to learn how to play the piano, and before I knew it I was rehearsing for my first solo during our biggest concert. I was hooked on music. Two years later, choir was cancelled and I had to move to a different town once again. But that didn’t stop me; new town meant new music challenge.
Upon my arrival in the new town, I started piano lessons. I needed my passion for music to be alive. Later on, I challenged myself and joined Mariachi class and learned how play guitar. Now that I am in college and ready to graduate, I have my fourth grade choir teacher to thank for introducing me to my passion, music.
While I know I am not going to be up on a stage signing, I know that I will be working in the music industry helping musicians who have great talent be known; I figured that, if I can’t make great music, at least I can promote it. Therefore, fulfilling my passion.
The arts have shown me my passion for music, what have the arts showed you?