DIME Denver caught up with one of our newest students Rachel Margulies, who is studying the Commercial Music Performance (Bass) degree program.
What is your background in music and education?
I took piano lessons when I was around 6 years old, but I got bored and dropped them a few years later. My sophomore year of high school, I sat back down at the piano for the first time since giving it up and started learning songs by ear; after that, I started dabbling in string instruments (ukulele, guitar and then bass guitar), and began taking bass lessons around December 2015. I still take half hour bass lessons every week.
How did you find out about DIME Denver?
Through an ad my father spotted in the newspaper.
What made you choose to apply to study with us?
I took a gap year between high school and college to search for a music program just like this one, so when I found DIME, I knew it was a perfect fit! There are very few programs that offer degrees that aren’t purely for jazz or classical musicians; having a school where I can focus on rock and pop music (genres I actually hope to make a living off) is truly a gift.
What are your short and/or longer term academic and career goals?
My long term goals are to become a better musician and to collaborate with other artists to make great, unique music. My biggest career goal is to become a touring musician who’s able to make a living off writing and performing music.
What do you find most rewarding about your studies so far?
I love that so many of my classes revolve around practice; it gives me time to improve my technical skills, and I’m already seeing myself grow and improve. I think it’s incredibly cool that instead of trying to squeeze practice time in around schoolwork, the two are combined.
What do you find most challenging about your studies and how do you plan to overcome that challenge?
I am not naturally a talented musician, so wrapping my mind around even some of the basic concepts is a struggle. I have countless holes in my musical education, and so trying to fill in the gaps to keep up with my schoolwork is difficult. I’m planning to overcome that through pouring time and effort into my work, and doing any additional, outside research necessary to bulk up my knowledge.
Who are some of your music / industry / entrepreneurial influences?
I really admire Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun from Twenty One Pilots, in the way that they were able to grow their band purely through hard work and dedication over time. I’m heavily influenced by the groups Hellogoodbye, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Twenty One Pilots, Frank Iero and the Patience, BOOTS and more recently Queens of the Stone Age, Mother Mother, Rage Against The Machine and Brick + Mortar.