Kira King
Murfreesboro, TN

I'm Kira King and I'm one. I'm one of Tennessee's Best. I chose Middle Tennessee State University because of its outstanding graduate opera program and the teachers I needed who had the understanding of my field to give me the experience to pursue it as a career.

For me, the decision maker was finding a voice teacher I could trust with developing my instrument.

I found that at MTSU. Not only will a graduate degree from MTSU provide me with many of the skills and tools necessary to reach my goal of performing on the world-wide opera stage, the most important being a superb voice teacher with whom I work well, I also found a very impressive opera program, for which I was granted an assistantship. The music program seems to have very high expectations for its students-I needed a program that would not only prepare me for performance, but also academically. The other thing that struck me about MTSU is its proximity to Nashville, one of the most, if not THE most, influential music cities in the United States. Being this close to one of the major centers of music is a great opportunity.

Dr. Christine Isley-Farmer was very influential in my decision to attend Middle Tennessee. A superb voice teacher with whom I work well, I also found a very impressive opera program, for which I was granted an assistantship. The music program seems to have very high expectations for its students-I needed a program that would not only prepare me for performance, but also academically. The other thing that struck me about MTSU is its proximity to Nashville, one of the most, if not THE most, influential music cities in the United States. Being this close to one of the major centers of music is a great opportunity.

Dr. Christine Isley-Farmer was very influential in my decision to attend Middle Tennessee in pursuit of my Masters of Arts in Performance degree. She is not only a marvelous teacher, under whom I cannot wait to study, but also has gone out of her way to make me feel at home at MTSU. Had it not been for her, I would not be attending MTSU.

The little time I have spent outside Wright Music Building, I've been a bit blown away by the size of the campus. It's much bigger than my undergraduate university, but even so, it's not intimidating. I've had few problems finding my way around. It's a very welcoming environment and parts of it are very beautiful and peaceful.

The people at MTSU are very friendly, which is saying a lot. Usually when trying to get things straightened out at a new school, one encounters many questions and few answers, along with annoyed attitudes. Here, however, I have not only had my questions answered, but the faculty and staff have gone out of their way to help me as much as possible. Even the students have been willing to not only tell me where a building is, but literally walk me to it.

I am most amazed at the MTSU pride that comes with being a student. It seems one out of every three students you pass is sporting some type of MTSU apparel. First, I was simply an observer, but after spending some time on campus learning more about MTSU, and finally donning my own bright blue shirt, I'm beginning to find myself filled with Raider pride. I think this is quite significant. If a student enjoys being a part of the school, then he or she is more motivated to do well there.

So put on your own Blue Raider t-shirt and be one of Tennessee's Best at Middle Tennessee State University. You'll be glad you did.