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Letter to the Judges
My name is John Pawlenko. For my Senior Project, I conducted the Etowah Men’s Choir. My goal for my Senior Project is learning how to conduct because when I go to college, I am going to be studying music. When I go to college, I will be taking conducting classes in college, and since I am learning to conduct, it will increases my learning curve. When I graduate college, I plan to be a middle school or high school chorus teacher after I am done with school at Reinhardt University.
My research for my senior project was about famous musicians who influenced the field of music. When I was writing my paper, I learned you need to have a passion in music to be successful in the field. One person that I highly respected when I was writing my paper was Robert Shaw. Robert Shaw was the conductor of The Atlanta Symphony Chorus and all of his past singers mentioned that Shaw influenced their own life of music deeply.
My product as I mentioned in the beginning, was conducting. When I was learning to conduct with my facilitator, there were definitely obstacles I had to face. For example, learning conducting patterns, knowing when to cut off a choir, knowing what I am going to say to the choir when I am teaching the music to them, and I have had to study the music a lot with my piano. When I was learning to conduct, I was nervous at first, and then when I first started to conduct in front of the choir, I improved a lot. I think when I was learning, I honestly increased my knowledge with music and prepared myself for my conducting classes in the future at Reinhardt.
For my career, I want to be a secondary music teacher. I want to specialize in chorus because my passion is sharing my love of singing with other students. I researched influential musicians who changed the field of music. They affected the music society by spreading the love and joy of music to people. When I was writing my paper, I discovered how much Robert Shaw influenced singers and how some of his singers that I sing under show their expressions on how they love music, and how much they want us to continue with music.
When I started this journey, I was thinking how much work this was going to be, and guess what? I am done with senior project. I am almost done with my last chapter here at Etowah, and I am about to graduate and move on to college. This has taught me with hard work and persistence, I can do anything I put my mind to.