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Musical instruments as symbols

 Many years ago, at a job interview, I was asked an unexpected question: “What musical instrument would you like to be?” I was all nerves trying to show my technical skills since I wanted a job in the IT department. I did not anticipate any “creative” questions. With no time to think I just remembered that I took piano lessons as a child. Saying simply “Piano” did not satisfy the hiring people. I had to explain why piano was the best reincarnation of me as a musical instrument.

Piano commands attention. Piano spells class. Piano has a terrific range from deep low to ringing high. It has a special place in the orchestra – with a rare exception there is only one piano on stage amidst many violins or trombones.

I realize that the choice of instrument can tell a lot about a person. What instrument would you prefer to be?

September 16, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I’d prefer an upright piano. I have been going to music school for 6 years in piano separation. I like my piano so much! It calls “The Red October”. I like classical music for piano. I like a tone in my piano. On the whole, I think that the Piano is my symbol!!!!!!!

    Comment by Naya | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  2. I want to be an electro guitar. I never tried it, but I want. It can make hard rock, punk, ska and many other tipes of rock music.

    Comment by JLT | October 26, 2008 | Reply

  3. a write abouth guitar because my uncle was compositor, play a guitar like uncle. bouth sambary kild like fiver or six and i do not be kild.

    Comment by m2 | September 17, 2008 | Reply

  4. I wants to be a instrument piano. becuase is a special instrument that I alway like to plays the piano. I wants to be a famous pianist when I play the piano I feel so excited ,get emotion I feel that my body vibrate when I touch the piano.I like to play by ear of music I love play the piano..

    Comment by a2 | September 16, 2008 | Reply

  5. I want to be a guitar player. because guatar makes true love songs,gentell and tender. Also guitar can expresses great sandess. when a person death guitar I can make a song to somebody if a want tomake that people bater

    Comment by L4 | September 16, 2008 | Reply

  6. i will like tobe a violin because thy make alot of good music whit the violin and i like the music whi the biolin and i whant to lern how to play the biolin and they make mi feel happy.

    Comment by H4 | September 16, 2008 | Reply

  7. I will like to be enithing etset gitara because i dont like the gitara.

    Comment by H4 | September 16, 2008 | Reply

  8. I want to be a guitar player. Because guitar makes good songs. guitar maked very good music

    Comment by L4 | September 16, 2008 | Reply

  9. I would like to be a piano musician because when i was 8 years old i was to my friends house and i ask him to use his piano and when i touch those keys i was surprize when i hear the sounds of tose piano’s keys.

    Comment by V3 | September 16, 2008 | Reply

  10. I like to play piano,because is make me feel like excite. when i play the piano. I like to play by ear of music. And when you play piano you do exercice with you finger. I fell very happy and popular when i play the piano. I can play piano, I have a piano in my bedroon yahama, my father buy me when i say he dad i whan to learnd to play piano. when i go to the church an i see the people play piano, i become to think or imaginative i’m who play the piano. I love to much to play the piano.

    Comment by k3 | September 16, 2008 | Reply

  11. I want to be a guitar player in a band ,becuase 1st i like to play on the guitar becuase it’s give me the imoution to feel the world around me with music ,2nd my dad play’s on one’s, 3rd i like to sing with it and the most thing i like to sing is quite songs or smooth songs with quite music.My dad was playing to my mom romantic songs when they ware in collage.The guitar give me imotion that make me lock to the world in another way.way like you can be the world and feel what’s evrybody .

    Comment by A3 | September 16, 2008 | Reply

  12. I’ll be glad to be a trompet, because first. I like how it sounds, and how it looks like. You can make a lot of different sounds, low and high sounds. I like it too because you can play salsa (kind of latin music) with it, one of my favorite kind of music style.

    Comment by j3 | September 16, 2008 | Reply

  13. I want the to be clarinet because it make a wouderful suon.
    When i see the carinet my heart grow realy big.I feel something beautiful in my heart.When i hearmy sister play the clarinet i love it i star to feel something beautiful.The clarinet i the best instrument.

    Comment by g2 | September 16, 2008 | Reply

  14. I like to play guitar.Because i think play guitar commands attention.When i ever seen a guitar i feel so excited. Because when i play guitar i can dance or make different movements,when evertime i do the movements i feel happy and popular of me when i play the guitar.

    Comment by E2 | September 16, 2008 | Reply

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