So today was the great visit to Mizzou! I’ve been looking forward to visiting this campus for just about 8 months and now I’m starting to get really excited about Mizzou.
First of all, let me just say that the campus is outrageously beautiful! Secondly, I had my flute lesson this morning with Professor Steven Geibel a very charming person to say the least. I was impressed with all of the different tricks and tips he had for developing tone, being able to reach the highest of high notes and taught me all about hand position. This gave me the chance to really try and understand what the mechanics are of the flute and how it truly differs from any other instrument. The number one thing that I really liked about him was the way he encouraged the asking of questions. Any technique he taught me, I was allowed to ask the question why, how and “would you please explain that again?” This made the experience much more interactive and hands-on. I am fully confident that when I go back to school in a few days, I will have a better tone quality and focus when it comes to really playing the music, rather than just the notes.
Next, I have to send out another really detailed thank you email to Dr. Robert Shay, the director of music at Mizzou. He met with my mom and me and the three of us really got into talking about the music program at Mizzou including scholarships, masters vs. bachelors, student teaching and networking. He also made a point to me of making sure I keep an open mind when it comes to job openings whether I stay in a public school setting or I choose to later on get a doctorate or a PHD in music and then become a professor at a school of music. I was extremely impressed upon entering the room that he remembered who I was from our email exchange and my blog. (yay!) That was just a very nice welcoming feeling to have been given and I appreciate it very, very much. He took the time at the end of our meeting to try and reach Dr. Michael Knight who is the director of the band program and the Marching Mizzou. Shortly after I left Dr.Shay’s office, I received a call directly from Dr. Knight’s office requesting a meeting with him tomorrow morning before I hit the road and go back to Illinois. Wow.
I can’t even begin to tell you all how excited these two campus visits have made me. I know that when it comes down to the wire next year and I have to choose what school I want to attend, I’m going to have a few very difficult decisions to make.
I’d just like to take one more opportunity before I go and take a quickie nap to thanks all of the Professors that have given me large portions of their time over the past couple of days. It was a pleasure meeting all of you, and I’m glad that now I can put a face to the name of the email. I’ll start sending out personal thank you notes as soon as I get home. Thank you all for reading, and I’ll be sure to let you know how drum major auditions turn out for me at the end of this year!!