The Gorin School of Music has been one of the very most important influences in my life. I graduated from the school in 2008 after over a decade of attending the school. This place is extremely special in that one does not just learn the basics of music and its technical aspects at the School. Rather, the Gorin School of Music teaches students to have a musician's ear, to be able to discern between different musical styles, to be able to translate emotion into sound, and to truly use music as a vessel of expression. Music is so much more than notes on a page, and the Gorin School recognizes this and empowers students to create their own impressions and views on music of different genres and eras. If education is really about giving people the tools they need to make informed decisions, the Gorin School provides students with the understanding of music required to be able to form opinions on how a piece of music should be played, or on what types of music and which composers one really enjoys the most.
To teach in this way is undoubtedly more complex and difficult than simply focusing on reading notes off a page. The faculty at the Gorin School have in common an immense passion for music, and succeed in sharing with students how much of a blessing music can be in one's life. Even in my first years at the School when I was playing much shorter and less challenging pieces, I was instructed to put my focus much less on striking the correct piano key with the correct finger, but on playing the piece in a way that expressed my own feelings at the time. How is this accomplished? As I said above, at this school one develops a musician's ear. By the time I graduated, I could tell minute differences in intonation that signaled different emotions. Listening to music, regardless of who is playing, and then being able to make sense of what one is actually hearing is a rare and powerful gift that I was given by the Gorin School of Music.
The Gorin School is much more than just a school. It is a musical community where no matter which way you look, you can see a love of music right on everyone's face. The School has a learning atmosphere in which everyone is encouraged to share their love of music in their own way, and no one's thoughts are discounted. I can honestly say the faculty's main priority is developing this love of music in students so that when students leave or graduate, they have the ability to enjoy music as a medium of expression and individuality. All of the faculty care personally about the development of their students not just as musicians but also as people, giving students great opportunity to flourish. My piano teacher, and director of the School, Mrs. Rufina Gorin is one of the very biggest influences in my life, and over my time at the School became one of my dearest friends and mentors. I really cannot say enough about the Gorin School of Music, but in short it is a wonderful place, and time or experiences at the School are extremely valuable.