One requirement of the McDaniel Plan is to earn four credits in the creative arts. There are a variety of ways to fulfill this requirement for those of us who are not majoring in Art or Music. I do not have any statistical data to back up this claim, but I am pretty sure that I am choosing to fulfill my creative art requirement in a way different then 97% of McDaniel students… I taking Organ lessons.
Yes, that’s right, Organ lessons. You know that big instrument that’s inside of churches? That thing.
This was not a completely random decision though. I took piano lessons from about fifth grade through tenth grade. I’ve always loved music, and even though it’s not something I’m majoring in, I wanted to keep it as a part of my life.
Organ is an extremely challenging instrument as it requires perfect cooperation between both hands and both feet, but it is also a lot of fun. As a student who spends countless hours reading, writing, and attempting to speak Arabic, it is very refreshing to go practice the Organ for long periods of time until I’ve mastered a song.
One of the best parts of learning any instrument is that the progress you make is very evident. There are songs that I have completely butchered the first time I tried to play them. After practice though, I have been able to play them beautifully, and being able to notice that kind of improvement feels amazing.