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Selin Agurcia is one of Project Music's rising senior leaders, and we're proud to feature him as a Music Student of the Month. Selin is a senior at Stamford High School in Stamford, Connecticut and he plays the saxophone.
Watch the video interview below, and listen to Selin play Ochoklo. "It's a piece for a saxophone quartet, and I chose it because out of all the pieces it's probably the most interesting in terms of articulation and how the piece goes as a whole," said Selin. "I really like it and the sound of it."
Music as a whole has taught me how to be open to new ideas, and Project Music especially has really opened my horizons when it comes to meeting new people and experiencing new things. Before this program, I used to be a very sheltered kid so this program taught me a lot about how to grow as a human and as a musician. Since being in the program, from around the age of seven until now, it's really shown me what it means to be a student and what it means to be a leader. A student leader more specifically because one of the main roles of this program is to be a leader to other people. So, thanks to this program, I've been able to become more of a leader and I've been able to help other kids with stuff and teach lessons which means a lot to me, and I really enjoy every part of it.
My hobbies include playing soccer on the field. Sometimes I go there on the weekends to play a couple of pick-up games. I like listening to music a lot. That's something I do on a daily basis. If you ever see me walking, you'll see me listening to something.
My favorite subject right now would probably have to be math, or more specifically, PreCalc. I've always liked math. It's something that's interesting to me because, unlike English, the answer is usually always within the equation, you just have to solve it, and it's pretty fun once you know what you are doing and without all the stress and stuff involved.
My plan is to go to college. I preferably want to go to music school to study music education, but if that doesn't work out, I'll probably go to community college and go there for two years and get enough credits to go to a state school.
I envision myself down the line being a music teacher or professor at college. Even though that's a long shot, I'm willing to work hard for it and do that for the rest of my life.