I think the traits I can identify with the most are Imaginative, flexible, and adaptable.
Many people always tell me that their lives are made much easier because I am so flexible and adaptable not only schedule wise but because I bring those traits to whatever I do. Especially in music, whenever a conductor or private tutor instructs me to do anything other than what I feel is the right way, I immediately adapt to their methods and I am usually spot on in my adaptations.
I do not see myself as a connected person, however. Most of the time, I do not go out of my way to talk to people. Rather, I feel like my skills should do all the talking. But, I know that that should not be the case and every day is a continuous effort to step outside my comfort zone and talk to more people.
Hi, my name is Joshua Oh and I am double majoring in Music and in Creative Computing. What creative computing is, essentially, is the fusion of engineering, computer science, the arts, and humanities. My passion in life is film and technology, and my entire life, I have gawked at the brilliant art of Pixar films. My dream is to help create Pixar’s movie magic through new technologies. Help me shape my goal and the world.
Motivation in my pre-college life came from my parents and from my desire to inspire other people with my music. My parents did not push me, per say, but they always would check up on me and would tell their friends about my latest accomplishments. That made me care about my work because I did not want to fail them.
Motivation also came to me because there is something about my personality that wants to impress people. There is no better feeling in the world than to have someone come up to you and make a life decision based on what they saw you do. For example, my cousin came up to me the other day and asked me questions about the clarinet because he wanted to play it in fifth grade. He told me that after years of watching me play, he wanted to be just like me. That was a tremendous feeling, and I could not have felt more blessed.
In my life, my values are inspiration and relationships. The main reason why I do anything at all is because I want to inspire younger or less experienced people. It is probably because of all the legacy speeches given to me by my parents, music and sports coaches, etc. When I die, I want people to remember not only my accomplishments, but who I am as a person. I believe that inspiration is 80% character/personality and 20% accomplishments. Anyone can be the best musician in the world, but if that person is the biggest jerk in the world, people will cease to look up to that person and it will be much harder for that person to inspire anyone.
A strong group of friends are also extremely important for me. Everyone has problems. But, with a strong fraternity, it will be much easier to get past these problems because of accountablity. Good friends will always keep you accountable and steer you in the right direction. Whether it be picking you up off the ground or keeping you level-headed and humble, friends always need to be there for you, which is why good friends are so crucial. Also, spending time with your friends can also give you substance to integrate into your work and polish it and make it great.
My work habits are currently under construction. In high school, I just procrastinated until the last minute and usually, I still pulled off a really good performance in music or a good grade. I learned all the techniques to efficiently learn and practice, but for me, when I try to set a schedule for myself, it just feels like boring work and I always put it off or eventually not do it.
Once I got to college, I found that I was more motivated (maybe because I take everything more seriously?). The extra time I have, I spend on practicing or studying instead of playing video games like I used to back in high school. A nap is pretty essential to my success. When I’m tired, I don’t feel like doing ANYTHING productive. But when I actually rest up, even for like…20 minutes, I am motivated to do everything. Time to time, I feel myself slipping, but I am trying to get better everyday.
However, I will never blow a performance off. A performance is something I hold of highest regard, and I take it very seriously. You can always count on me to give a great performance.
Although I have pretty much lived in California my entire life (excluding the 3 years I lived in South Korea), I was actually born in Plano, Texas. Before I even knew what Texas was like, my parents decided to move to a small city called Palo Alto (home of Jeremy Lin and James/Dave Franco!). In the first grade, I started out my musical journey not on clarinet, but on piano. After months of watching my sister play, I begged my mom to start me on piano lessons too. However, I HATED playing the piano. I would never practice and in fact, I hate it so much that I did not even care if I forgot an entire half of my piece at my recital. When I moved to Korea in the third grade, my mom decided that she would make me play the clarinet and when I picked it up and started playing a couple notes on it, I fell in love instantly. I actually remember calling my dad on the phone to tell him that I liked playing the clarinet way more than I liked playing piano. My teacher even decided to forgo any lessons on the recorder because of the potential he saw in me. And thus began my musical path.
In the eighth grade, when I watched Obama’s inauguration ceremony and saw Anthony McGill play the melody from Copland’s “Simple Gifts”, I fell in love with his tone quality and musicality. There was nothing I wanted more, at that moment, than to play clarinet as beautiful as him. Just like Anthony inspired a deep passion in me to make beautiful music, my musical aspiration is to inspire as many people as I can with my clarinet playing to become fantastic musicians.
However, it is one thing to dream, and another to make my dreams a reality. In order to become a legendary musician, I must be open to criticism. As I scored myself using a personal effectiveness rubric, I found out that I do not always take criticism constructively. Unless I learn to set my pride aside, my dreams will fail to become a reality.
What’s up guys, my name is Joshua Oh, but most kids at school call me Josh (I’m actually perfectly fine with both). I’m really excited to come to SMU to grow in my musical journey.
I play the clarinet and have been playing this lovely instrument for eight years. I have participated in multiple orchestras and have traveled to many countries to perform such as Spain, Austria, and France.
My dream career is a studio musician. I want my playing to be featured in TV shows, movies, mainstream songs, etc.
I am really excited to start my new chapter here at SMU. I can’t wait to meet you all!