My first semester in college has been a dream-come-true! I am a double major in Worship Music Ministries and Liberal Arts and it has been amazing to be able to focus on areas that I really love. I have just finished taking twenty units which has been intense but incredibly worth it. This first semester I mostly took general education classes and a few of the basic classes required for my major and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
I have been taking viola and piano lessons and it has been so incredible to be taking lessons rather than just teaching myself. I can see how much my skills have developed since the beginning of the semester: my sight reading has drastically improved as well as my comfort level while performing. This has opened up several opportunities for me both to serve and work in music. I am extremely excited because, as a result of this instruction, I have been hired to perform with an orchestra on Christmas Eve this year!
In addition to studying the viola, piano, and singing in the choir at The Master’s College, I have also had the opportunity to study handbells. I was able to take a handbell directing and arranging course and had the privilege of performing one of the pieces I co-arranged in The Master’s College Christmas concerts this year! I also rang with the advanced handbells, directed the beginning choir, and participated with a quartet I had helped start that was hired to perform at a dinner party earlier this month.
I am so excited about next semester because, in addition to some more gen-ed classes, I get to start taking classes that are more major specific! Three of the classes I am most excited about are Intro to 3D Graphics and Animation (Liberal Arts Degree), Mathematical Systems for Elementary Teachers (Liberal Arts Degree), and Music Leadership and Administration (Music Degree). While I am not pursuing a teaching credential at this time, I am using my Liberal Arts Degree as an entrepreneurial-type degree to give me a broader range of skills that I can use in business. I will, however, be taking a few teaching courses to both meet major requirements and obtain basic teaching skills that I can use in my ministry.
Well, that's the update right now. I will be posting more soon!