North State Parent 2015 Music Essay Contest Winner: Sean Bostrom

"Sean is a brilliant musician, but more importantly I believe he understands the true value of music," says Dustin Breshears (left), Sean's piano teacher. "I can't think of a more deserving student to receive this award." Also pictured with Sean are Sally Long, owner of The Music Connection, and her daughter Mary Lou.

“Sean is a brilliant musician, but more importantly I believe he understands the true value of music,” says Dustin Breshears (left), Sean’s piano teacher. “I can’t think of a more deserving student to receive this award.” Also pictured with Sean are Sally Long, owner of The Music Connection, and her daughter Mary Lou.

Sean Bostrom, age 16, started playing piano at age 8, and more recently started playing violin. He currently studies piano with Dustin Breshears, and violin with Carla Shryock at the Wright Keys Academy of Musical Arts in Chico. Sean attends Wm. Finch Charter School in Orland, and appreciates his music classes there with music teacher Brian Peterson.

2015: “Why is music important to our world? Why is it important to you? What experiences in music have helped you grow as a person?”

Winning music essay by Sean Bostrom:

art-615-music-contest-2Throughout history we see the continuous popularity of music. It has always been one of the greatest entertainments known to man. For me, music is much more than just entertainment. Being not much of an extrovert, I have learned to portray my feelings using music, specifically the piano. Whenever I am sad or depressed I can play the piano and assume that everything is all right. Music is one of the greatest highlights of my life and many others’ lives.   

Today, the music in our society reveals what basic beliefs and morals people have. It is hard to say what percentage of Americans listen to popular music, but you can be assured, it’s most of us. Music creates an urge to move or dance, which is an incredible way to celebrate.

In my life, music is the major source of inspiration. There is literally no end. I love learning and playing new music of different cultures. The awesomeness of music is boundless. From my experience with classical music I have found that I can express almost anything I want. Recently though, my knowledge of cultural music has increased along with my imagination. To me, music is always growing, and with that growth, it becomes a part of me.

Obviously, one of the ultimate joys I have in life is music. It has affected me as a person in a way which nothing else could. As I have progressed into the musical world, my basic values and beliefs have truly formed. Music is the heart and soul of much of what I live for. It is incredible to be a part of such an amazing phenomenon like that of music.

As the musical opportunities come, my hope is that I can show others what music means to me and what it means to the world. After all, it is much more than just entertainment.

North State Parent and The Music Connection thank all 2015 Music Contest entrants for your heart-felt, thorough and well-written essays. You are all winners!

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