Vespertine Formations

This is a music/education themed blog ran by The Man Octave (

I'm a Senior at Ball State University studying Instrumental/General Music Education, with a primary on trumpet. My musical passions primarily lie in worship, jazz, folk, and chamber music. You can also view my online teaching portfolio by clicking the world icon below.

This blog will serve as a place to express my thoughts and share my love of music throughout my endeavors as a musician. Mostly, you'll just see pictures of instruments, but I like to post education related and personal things about music/education as well. My OC will typically be tagged with #personal. Enjoy!
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ERICA GOLDSON: Graduation speech

Erica Goldson must have had some serious balls to give this speech

This is beautiful.

this is so wonderful 

(via matidl)



Blue collar workers. With bachelor’s degrees. These are thankless jobs that many of us (college students, graduates, and non-grads alike) take for granted every day. You can’t find a job and you’ve got a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D.? Get one of these jobs. You can make a healthy living off of these jobs, and there are always openings.

So many of us (myself included) go to school in hopes we’ll get our “dream job.” Fact of the matter is, you will most likely not get your dream job right out of school. Or ever. But that doesn’t mean you should ever let go of your passions and ambitions for the sake of your livelihood. Your talents and your interests define you, not your career.

Here’s my challenge to you. Next time you meet someone new, start off by asking them what their interests are. Ask them about their favorite hobbies, or what their favorite thing is about themselves. Don’t ask about what they do for a living (it’ll eventually come up on its own if you really want to know). It doesn’t matter because what they do does not in any way indicate who they are as a human being.

God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called. Do yourself a favor, and if you can’t find a job, whether you do or do not have a college degree, and apply for something obscure. Have faith that it will provide, that you will make a living. Chances are, you’ll either fall in love with it or it will be  stepping stone when you apply for a job you truly believe you are qualified for.

(via shaigirl-1)

Saw this on my friend’s fb page. Next time you’re asked to play a gig for free, show them this!

I’ve had a decent deal of stress and apprehension lately in regards to school. First off, here’s a bit of backstory. I’m a Sophomore Instrumental Music Ed major with a focus in trumpet and an intended jazz minor. I am currently taking both classical and jazz improvisation lessons on trumpet, and on my own time I’ve taken lessons in piano, guitar, and voice in order to broaden my knowledge and skill as a musician.

This is a fairly long post about spreading yourself too thin, and apprehension of workload, time management, and commitment, but I feel the need to get these thoughts out (if only for myself). There’s method to the madness, I swear!! If you do read it all, I give my greatest thanks and hope you take away something valuable =) 

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