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Victoria Lawal

Professor Daniels

Performance Tech 2

8 May 2017

Multiple Intelligences

In my youth, I was urged by my family to place all my energy in mathematics and

sciences, constantly participating in robotics competitions and science fairs. While I was

successful in these fields, I knew at a young age that this was not the best use of my skills

but felt like I had no outlet to explore my other interests. In the 4th grade, I became

eligible to join the choir at my elementary school, having weekly rehearsals and frequent

performances. I found myself counting down the days to rehearsal and spending all of my

extra time studying my music, even translating our Spanish songs with my teacher

afterschool. I didnt know what it meant then, but I had felt like I had finally taken my

first breath of fresh air.

I always knew I loved languages but I didnt know what how to describe my

knack for them or what it might be good for. I firmly believe this interest has propelled

my musical career throughout the years due to my constant search for communication.

Upon reading Howard Gardners article on Multiple Intelligences, I found that both the

linguistic and interpersonal sectors describe my learning style and method of

communication. Although I am somewhat introverted, I have found that I get great joy

out of truly communicating with others. I find myself able to get a fairly accurate read of

someones energy even without having a conversation, relying on body language and

facial expressions. This gift for observation has proven itself useful time and time again,
from quickly earning promotions at work to truly understanding an artists intention, I

have relied heavily on my observant nature.

When performing, I am often told that I am able to maintain a constant connection

with the audience and the text. Many people say things such as you are always in it and

your eyes have such a sparkle when youre in the moment. And while I cannot exactly

define what it means to make your eyes sparkle, I do feel that this has something to do

with my constant absorption of the music. I find myself having an extremely visceral

reaction, either physically or emotionally to every piece of music I hear. For example,

during our Spoon River Project I had no trouble assimilating my movements into the

character of each performers piece. I felt I was able to communicate the story and

emotional context with the audience without opening my mouth to sing. Not because I

was going out of my way to act or demonstrate, but because I am constantly using

my body as a vessel for to reciprocate and respond to my surroundings.

While I am clearly musical inclined, I am eternally grateful for my linguistic and

intrapersonal skills in this field and in life.