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MA Educational Counseling, Music, Spanish

I am a man of highly diverse interests in the arts, culture, and the advancement of well being. As a musician and music teacher, in particular, I have had the opportunity to develop the kinds of skills that are especially important to being a high school counselor. Among my accomplishments in life that testify to my dedication is my web site, where I employ a team of massage therapists and yoga experts in the promotion of holistic and preventative medicine in New Jersey. I am also a full time teacher; thus, doing my course work online makes graduate school possible, and I feel that I am at the perfect stage in my life for this new challenge. I would be honored to become part of XXXX's rich tradition of excellence. I am especially attracted to XXXX's highly interactive formats and the rigorous quality of its academic programs. I am looking forward to the dynamic experience of a deep immersion in the study of counseling strategies, intervention models, and the early diagnosis and prevention of problems.

I hold a BS in Music Education with the instrument major of the saxophone. What most attracts me to the area of high school guidance counseling is my increasing desire to be of fuller service in helping students through the process of making the right decisions that enable them to self-actualize, to become the best at what they truly want to do, and to handle the setbacks along the way. As a music teacher, I have very much enjoyed the richness that comes from being involved with my students so that I can help them to succeed. I would be especially happy to continue to work with the students of XXXX High School where I have been happily employed as a music teacher for the past 19 years.

I speak a little Spanish as well as Japanese and deeply appreciate our American celebration of diversity. I am especially drawn to students of ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds and the way that they serve to enrich our cultural heritage. I am convinced that at 42, I am at a stage in my life where I am especially receptive to learning opportunities and well poised to fully appreciate this beautiful opportunity to return to graduate school. I am fascinated by and look forward to a very deep engagement with cutting-edge research following the structure of your program with attention on the prevention and intervention of personal and interpersonal concerns, optimal human development, and care services for students. I also look forward to the clinical experience and the 12-credit post-master's School Counselor Certificate program.

I have performed many community concerts on my saxophone, at hospitals and rehabilitation centers, for example, and I also volunteer at the local animal shelter. I direct the Jazz Ensemble and spend a great deal of time with students after school and on weekends. I have discovered that students are quite comfortable with me and open up to me with their issues and this seems to occur quite naturally. I consider it an honor and a sacred trust. I have learned that I have the ability to calm students and open them up to greater discovery of their options, sitting quietly with them and listening, then asking thought provoking questions that inspire them to greater levels of examination, prioritizing and planning. In a sense, as a music teacher, I already function as a guidance councilor as well. I see the central key as helping students to connect with their heart, and to have courage to go for the brass ring. I tell my students: when you connect with your heart you find the genius inside of you.

I feel strongly that I am a well-qualified candidate who has much to offer in terms of being able to reach out and assist young people in need of direction. I look forward to laboring to develop a culture of fellowship in high school. I feel I am called to be a guidance counselor and I look forward to helping students and their families to better understand the enormous opportunities that are available, how to make choices from the heart as well as the mind, connecting passions with capabilities and thinking optimistically as well as pragmatically about available alternatives for the student's future. I thank you for consideration of my application.

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