Mr. Holland’s Opus Mr. Glenn Holland is a musician and composer who also obtained his teaching certificate as a “fallback” plan if his music career didn’t work out. He ends up taking a teaching job to pay the rent. In his 'spare time', he hopes to achieve his true dream - to be a famous composer of some of the greatest symphonies ever heard. Teaching isn’t a fallback career, it is a lifestyle. As Mr. Holland discovers, “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans”, and as the years unfold the joy of sharing his contagious passion for music with his students becomes his new definition of success.
Mr. Holland’s Opus is a tale of a man trying to juggle his dreams, his family, and his job. His life consists mainly of music. He is a composer who is forced to begin teaching at a high school in order to get some extra money to pay the rent. He is devastated to find out that his son was born deaf, especially because he wanted him to love and enjoy music as much as he does. He never really forms a strong relationship with his son Cole.
English Composition January 23, 2013 Growing up, most people experience what it is like being pressured by an adult to excel or succeed in something that you have no interest in whatsoever .Not so much because you want to excel at it or learn about it, but because it is something the adult thinks would be best for you. It could be learning a new sport, learning a new language or even a new instrument. In the selection “Giant Dreams, Midget Abilities” by David Sedaris, we read about a boy who goes through this exact situation after his father decides that he and his younger sisters should start a family music group to support his love and appreciation for jazz music. The author’s purpose of this story was to inform the reader about his childhood with having a music teacher such as Mr. Mancini and what it was like to have a music junkie for a father. Sedaris tells us ,“jazz was my father’s only form of rebellion.
Aaron had grown a passion for art at a young age. However, he did have other interests, which kept him focused on getting the best education possible as well. His family was having financial problem, however, Aaron was able to graduate from Topeka high (“Contemporary Black”). This was the first accomplishment for Aaron Douglas; however, he still had to go to college. Because Aaron Douglas’s family was having money issues, he had to take up a few jobs working in factories (Notable Black).
Simply stated, he is the man voted most likely to do anything in his senior yearbook. That anything turned out to be an English teacher, or better a life teacher, to a group of young men who were naive about the world they lived in and everything outside of their small boarding institution. Meet John Keating, the teacher played by Robin Williams in the influential movie Dead Poets Society. The teacher who used all aspects of the word ethos to motivate and transform his students’ lives. Ethos can be described as the nature, character, or unique values peculiar to a particular human being.
He suffered from a bursa on his kneecap which is very painful from his knee hitting the mat constantly. He would also go and fail English 11 due to a corrupted teacher and so called plagiarized decades project. He went to summer school and passed the test telling what needed to learn the first week. There wasn’t anything he really needed to learn so they just gave him extra work so the money he paid wouldn’t be wasted. He also kept up with his exercising daily along with doctor appointments for his left
He expressed his desire to write a new song everyday. He created several pieces prior to RENT including Superbia, a musical about a media controlled society, based on George Orwell's 1984, and tick, tick…BOOM!, a rock monologue which expressed Larson's frustration at his lack of achievement at the age of thirty, and struggling with the decision of whether to continue or not. Though these shows had small productions, they weren't enough to make a living off of. Larson's greatest work was RENT. As arrogant as it sounds, when asked what he did for a living Jonathan would simply reply (and strived to be), "I'm the future of musical theatre."
Music was an escape for Bruce, and he was inspired to pursue a career in music after seeing Elvis and the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. He taught himself to play the guitar, and when he was 16; his mother took out a loan to buy him a guitar for Christmas. During Bruce Springsteen concerts, he would express feelings about his family and the problems he endure during childhood. Basically he used memories from childhood and current issues to write his music. One of the best songs he ever wrote was “Born to Run”.
His teachers would say he would go nowhere in life, his parents would fight continuously and he found it very difficult to make friends. Tim Burton dropped out of school when he was 15 years old. Despite all of Tim’s childhood problems, Tim has managed to incorporate them and his life values into his films, which is how he has had such a long term success as a movie director. One of Burton’s most successful films is the movie Edward Scissor hands. The movie is about a man named Edward who has scissors for hands and tries to fit into the ‘perfect society’.
Nathan got into music in an early age by singing in church and playing the trumpet. His great vocals were discovered in 4th grade during a vocal class. Morris seemed to be in trouble a lot and really didn’t care about school, one day in a history class Morris would be asked to quiet down and which he didn’t, but then and there a classmate which was known as Marc Nelson would join in and they would both be kicked out of class. Morris and Nelson were talking and it led to a conversation about music and they both had a love for it so they came together and the group started to shape. Marc Nelson was born on January 23, 1971 and raised on the south side of Philadelphia.