The Mary Pat and Louis H. Stumberg Endowed Scholarship awardee --for Interdisciplinary Studies in Music and the Sciences
I am an artist. I use my art to interpret my surroundings and inner self. Whether it be through my musical endeavors under the alias, AMEA, or as a graduate student, my art is interpreting observations. So, there is no coincidence that I gravitated towards Sociology.
Over the years, I have had many doors open up through musical performances to studio sessions that have aided in my comprehension of various societal structures. From economy to identity, being an active musical artist has helped me develop my own sociological imagination into theories surrounding music and social groups. Specifically, beginning my graduate studies in Sociology this past fall and actively working with artists throughout the nation, I have had the ability to further my theoretical developments of identity formulation within these musical communities/genres. This has aided me in moving closer towards my graduate thesis development that encompasses the connectivity of music and identity formulation.
Music has allowed me to connect with people I may have not normally had the opportunity to connect with. I am a shy natured person, and starting conversation is not always the easiest for me. However, I love music. I personally study musicians, performers, writers, visual artists, and melodies. This range of human artistic creation has been vital in my ability to cross paths with so many diverse social groups. Being surrounded by so many social groups who are actively engaged in creation and interpretation requires the need to listen and then interpret. The need to listen, research, and interpret/execute based off of observation is not just a learned skill of a scientist, but an artist as well. My science/art are people.
My graduate education surrounds people. My music science surrounds my interpretation of people. I have always loved writing, and music. So, as I have more firmly embraced my place as a musical artist (writer & vocalist), I have also become more meticulous about my academic writings and verbal developments in academia based on my continual exposure and desire to develop timeless and relatable art.