Prof. Jessica Penner | D304 | Spring 2022

Dree-Nica Isemar, Memoir 2 (Revised)

Music has always been a huge part of my life. When I was in elementary school, I attended this performing arts school. So, we had all the classes: music, dance, art. But before that I was at another school, it was not a performing arts school, however it did introduce me to something that changed my life: violin playing. I don’t remember exactly how I got in the program, but I do remember the music teacher taking me from my class and handing me a violin. I go way back with classical music. My mom was the one who was big on classical music first and would play it for me when I was little to help me fall asleep. That made classical music and instruments ingrained in my blood. When my mom found out that I was introduced to the violin and I would be in an after-school program for it, she was excited and so was I. This started a journey that only lasted a few short years unfortunately. When I transferred to the performing arts school, I started to hone my violin skills. We used to do a lot of shows. One stuck out to me the most not because it was the annual show that our school did, it the last time that I played in front of a big audience. I had to move to another school and did not start playing again until high school. During that time in between, I would try to look for violin schools are classes I could go to, but I was out of luck until high school. We had a music class, and, in the class, we had to pick an instrument that we wanted to play, and of course I picked the violin. However, the teacher said it was not possible because they had limited violins and the only for me to play was if I had my own. So, I went and told my parents and they decided to buy one for me. After school I would play pieces, but soon after that year I have not touched my violin. I would love to start playing again, but because it’s been so long, I would like to attend school to refresh my skills. I still listen to certain violinists and imagine how professional at the violin I could’ve became. But all I know is that classical music will always be one of my favorite music genres and that violin I got would stay with me forever knowing the journey I had with violin playing.

1 Comment

  1. Waleed Qureshi

    The memoir’s effect of forgetting things that were once important was very intruiging to me. It is a very understandable aspect of life where you are so lost in something at one time but a few years later, you don’t even have time for it.

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