Compose an essay that will answer the following questions:
1. Summarize your music background, including relevant choral experience as a singer and/or conductor.
2. How do you see yourself impacting children and youth through music in a church setting?
3. Choose one of the five Ruth Kriehbel Jacobs principles to discuss in your essay:
A. I believe that the children’s choir is potentially one of the greatest agencies that the Church possesses for rebuilding its waning strength. No other organization has greater natural opportunity for training in those qualities that characterize a strong Christian faith.
B. I believe that what children absorb unconsciously from their association of fine music, high ideals and participation in public worship, may have greater value than what we consciously teach them.
C. I believe that the greatest ultimate purpose of the children’s choir is worship; consciousness of the presence of God and active response to this presence.
D. I believe that our emphasis must be upon the child, not the subject. Great music has no value in itself; only when it penetrates the personality and its influence there does it really live. In the children’s choir, we have powerful forces at our command—music, worship and discipline.
E. I believe that if the children’s choir is to achieve the maximum of its potentialities, it must have a thoroughly trained leadership, which must be recognized by the Church as a legitimate and integral part of its educational program.
Please keep essay between 600 and 800 words.