Dr. Sharp, you have helped to push me and inspire me to become the musician and creative mind that I am now. You recognized strengths and talents in me way before I did, some that I have yet to see for myself, and you’ve put in the effort to assist me in developing them further than I imagined they would be at this stage. Thank you for instilling a sense of confidence in me, particularly in being able to take on leadership roles as well as my ability to handle challenging music. My ideas and concerns always feel important when I discuss them with you, no matter the level of legitimacy they have. Thank you for all of your gentle guidance.