This is my final week as the Marketing Intern here at West Music Coralville, and so this will be my last blog entry. I’ve had a great time writing little anecdotes on my experience with music to share with everyone. Sometimes it was hard to think of what to write about (and just writing about music in general can be difficult), but the process definitely helped me reflect on how music has affected me and what I’ve learned from it. So, thank you for reading those. Now I want to take the time to reflect a little bit on my time here overall.
My experience here has been great, and I’ve learned a lot. I think the most important thing I will take away from this internship is the knowledge that a career in the music industry is available to me. I had counted the option out because I’m not a music major, but through this, I’ve learned that there are a lot of other ways to be involved. There is a ton of behind-the-scenes work in the industry that makes the necessary tools available to teachers, students, performers, and audiences to make the music come alive. Sure, I may not become a music teacher or a professional musician, but I can still help those who pursue those professions be successful.
This is the final scene from one of my favorite movies, “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” If you haven’t seen it (and don’t mind spoilers), the movie is about a man, Mr. Holland, who puts his time spent composing on the back burner and takes a job as a band director. Throughout the film, you witness the many lives he touches through music. At the end, he receives a farewell celebration from the school, and they surprise him by performing the piece he has spent thirty years working on. It warms your heart, it’s a bit of a tear-jerker for sensitive people like me, and it is a wonderfully inspiring film. But it’s stories like this one, that continue to inspire me to give back to the education and experiences music has provided me.
So, thank you, West Music, and everyone here, for showing me that pursuing what I love is indeed an option, and that I have the potential to enable others to love and share and enjoy music, too.
And, as always, thank you so much for reading.
“Music washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.” – Berthold Auerbach