Hello Everyone. I'm so happy I found this site. It's been a long time since I've written anything and I could really use some help proofreading what I've done so far.
Here is the essay question:Explain your career goals and your educational plan to meet these goals. (300 to 500 words)
My Essay is pasted below. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
...I plan on teaching guitar, writing, performing, and starting a non-profit music school giving lessons to underprivileged kids in Portland.
Portland Community College is already helping me to reach those goals. By delving into the Professional Music Program I've already grown tremendously as a musician. Since enrolling I've begun writing compelling jazz compositions, performing with up and coming singer-songwriters, opening my ears, and broadening my musical interests.
My guitar playing has also grown by leaps and bounds. As a relative newcomer to the instrument, I've already blossomed into an elite player and am getting better everyday.
I hope to be one of the premier blues and jazz guitar players in the Portland scene for years to come. To help accomplish this, I plan on completing the entire series of Band Performance I-III and Jazz Improvisation I-III classes offered at the Cascade Campus and performing with everyone from PCC faculty to fellow students.
I've also begun singing through the Contemporary Singing Classes, which is something both terrifying and exhilarating. Although I haven't been blessed with a natural singing voice, singing is important for instrumentalists because it develops the ears and allows the performer to get involved in the music on a physical level.
After all the human voice is the archetype of which all other musical instruments were designed. Singing brings you closer to the essence of the art, and allows the performer to literally feel the intervals in your body.
To further improve my voice and open my ears, not only will I be completing the entire series of Contemporary Singing Classes this year, but I will also be enrolling in the Group Vocal and PCC Voices of Soul Chorus offered at the Sylvania campus next year.
Performance and technique is only one side of the Professional Music Industry. I plan on completing the entire gauntlet of classes (from Studio Technology to Digital Recording - and everything in between) offered by the Cascade Campus' Music Production Department next year.
Mastering an art form is a lot of work. Seven days a week. Weekends included of course. It's cost me jobs, friends, and thousands of dollars in education and equipment.
But I don't mind. I consider myself lucky. Blessed even. One of the chosen few that wake up excited in the morning and who lie awake at night dreaming of tomorrow's gains.
In many ways music has given me a second chance at life: a chance to pursue something far greater than myself. A chance to hope. To dream. To grow.
Not only is music a source of joy and pride, but it's also taught me many of life's greatest lessons as well - lessons like humility and sacrifice, dedication and the self-confidence that comes from setting goals and achieving them.
With the help of the PCC Foundation Scholarship, I will have the opportunity to grow and blossom into one of the areas top talents and to become a dedicated member of Portland's vibrant music scene.