Triple Threat...Dancer, Blogger, and Wannabe Musician

Triple Threat...Dancer, Blogger, and Wannabe Musician

This past week I ventured into some new things, trying the new pizza at the cafeteria, actually getting 8 hours of sleep, and most importantly...ATTEMPTING to become the next Rachmaninoff basically over night.

Things I've learned during my short time as a musician:

  1. You've got to make yourself practice even after your classes for at least an extra 3 hours a day
  2. Little instruments, big money! One flute cost the same as like 50 leotards $$$$$$$
  3. Specifically, Jazz musicians have to learn how to handle all nighters since most of their gigs are just getting going around midnight
  4. You cannot be a musician over night...I tried, but you can pretend like you are Taylor Swift/Beyoncé all you want in the shower

Consisting of 97 dancers, the dance department is pretty small compared to the 600 or so musicians that are enrolled at Juilliard. The first thing that I noticed when I arrived on my first day was that there were musicians everywhere carrying violins, violas, clarinets, and all these big instruments with even bigger smiles. Luckily over the course of the semester I've picked up a few freakishly talented, musically inclined friends (whose musical magic has not rubbed off on me...bummer)

I'm one to believe that you can do anything you put your mind to, with a lot of effort and red bull. But, after you watch this video of my many heartfelt but failed tries I realize that sometimes its best to stick to what you know. It was definitely good for me to venture out and try something new! Hope this inspires you to take a chance, even if it takes you a bit to get it right!

Taylor Hampton

Giving Recitals at Juilliard

Giving Recitals at Juilliard