This week may have just been one of the most nerve wrecking weeks of my life. As a senior, the inevitable action of submitting your college applications comes around at one point or another. This weekend I took that first step and submitted a couple of my applications to college. I can’t think of anything more nerve wrecking. Thankfully, ISM is an outlet for me to distract myself from all this stress through studying a topic that I love.
This week consisted of my second informational interview, with Kristin Yost at the Centre of Musical Minds. This interview definitely gave me a brand new insight towards a completely different component of the music industry - music teaching. This interview was particularly interesting considering that outside of school, I teach piano myself. Mrs. Yost was able to offer me a handful of tips and tricks regarding approaching piano teaching, as well as gave me insight around being self-employed and how working as a self-employed individual in the field of music has impacted her. One thing in particular that she said truly sparked my interested, and will be something that I further consider throughout the year. She offered the ideology that individuals that work in the music industry, with the right guidance and mindset, can be considered entrepreneurs. This was definitely a unique and interesting mindset that I will further reflect upon as I speak to and conduct interviews with more individuals in this field.
The next couple of upcoming weeks in ISM will be especially exciting. Next week, I have an interview with a music producer in Dallas, which will be beyond interesting and I am extremely excited for. In addition, I am in the process of scheduling a meeting with an ISM student from another school, to discuss the potential of us working together on an ISM project. This year thus far has been extremely interesting in regards to research alone, and I look forward to seeing the further outcomes of taking advantage of this program.