The Valpo Core Reader


Jennifer Skaer

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Process Analysis Essay

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Playing in the orchestra in junior high and high school was not something I found difficult until my senior year. This is when I decided I no longer wanted to play the trumpet, but instead learn how to play the violin. The reason for this late change was that I no longer wanted to be in the school band because I was not very fond of the new director. If I didn't play in the band I would no longer be able to play in the orchestra unless I learned how to play a string instrument, so that's exactly what I decided to do. It took a bit of coaxing on my part to talk my mom into letting me begin an entirely new instrument. She has never been too keen on the sound a violin makes, especially when it's the sound of a beginning violinist. However, I had my mind set on learning to play the violin, and I wasn't about to let anything get in my way. I was determined to be ready to play with the orchestra by the time school started, no matter how difficult it would be.