I am a high school senior in Texas and I am in the most prestigious orchestra at my school. We have even been the top orchestra in the nation last year. We have also been State Honor Orchestra multiple times in the past few years. I take part in many clubs such American Red Cross, Best Buddies, Love Letters (a club writing letters to sick children), and a club called Strings From the Heart, a club dedicated to performing music to those who don't have music currently enriching their lives (i.e. nursing homes, school that don't have Fine Arts, special-needs facilities, etc.).
I am raising money to go to college. I will use the funds for tuition, meals, room and boarding, textbooks, and other things if the amount of money I raise permits flexibility. I will be attending Sam Houston State University. I study to become a Music Therapist, dedicated to helping special-needs children and those with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's. in the future. I have applied for scholarships, but unfortunately, winning a scholarship is a very slim chance.
Music therapy is changing the world. It is a job with a steady rise in employment and need. There was an Arizona senator named Gabby Giffords, who was fluent in English and Spanish. She was shot in the head and suffered from aphasia. The only thing that could start the process of relearning how to speak - in English and Spanish - was music therapy. For more information, you can go here: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/w_MindBodyNews/gabby-giffords-finding-voice-music-therapy/story?id=14903987
More and more stories about how music therapy has helped countless individuals are showing that music therapy is a necessity. You can read a small portion of music therapy testimonials here: http://www.thegeorgecenter.com/testimonials/
I will be so grateful for these funds. I am so passionate about helping people and a way for me to help them is through music therapy.