Sunday, May 10, 2015

Pitch Day Anticipation

To Do by May 13, 2015:

  • Purchase a tri-fold board 
  • Gather all physical materials needed to display on boards (pictures, anecdotes, etc.)
  • Put together a video of my playing the cello for an aural display
  • Procure any craft supplies needed to create/decorate the board
To Do on May 13, 2015:
  • Travel to a local elementary school and work with their cellists
  • Take pictures/videos of my plans being put into motion to add to the board
  • Make necessary additions or revisions to the tri-fold
I was able to find a mutually beneficial date with the teacher in charge of the school I will be working with, so I will be able to work with their cellists on this upcoming Wednesday. What I've found through working on this project is that there are many opportunities to work within my community that are within reach and fulfilling. While I am slightly worried that the upcoming deadline for Pitch Day is approaching faster than anticipated, I am fairly confident that I will be able to accomplish everything planned by the end of the week in time for presentations. 

Inquiry Questions for Further Research: 
  • How soon will a request to travel between schools be processed?
  • How can I document my work at the elementary schools? 
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Planning for Pitch Day

I'd like to use both a video and a tri-fold board to present my work from the last few weeks. In the video, I'd like to be playing my cello. Because my work deals heavily with music, it would be appropriate to provide an aural presentation as well as a visual. On the board, I'd like to use each of the three sections to represent different things: my history with music, the plans I hope to execute by Pitch Day, and some background information on the cello. I can play the video while my board is on display.
I hope to execute my plans to work with younger children in school orchestras within the next two weeks. I was approved to visit by the orchestra director of the schools I wish to go to, and the completion of my goals would be beneficial to my presentation of Pitch Day.

Inquiry Questions for Further Research:

  • How and where will I acquire the supplies needed to create my material for Pitch Day?
  • Is there an alternative way to present my music?

As the trailer failed to upload to YouTube, I will present the work for this week through another outlet.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Contacting a Professional

Due to the fact that the adult I needed to contact was a teacher, I felt it was more appropriate to send an e-mail, rather than make a phone call. I am currently waiting for the teacher in question to reply to me regarding our working together. There are quite a few stressors to this process, the most obvious being rejection. Should my original plans not work out the way I had expected them to, I'll be forced to return to square one and find a new idea to work with. In addition to this, there is the possibility that my e-mail did not reach them, or that they will not respond to me in the time frame needed to execute this project. 
From this process, I've come to understand a few things. Firstly, communication is vital when working with others, or requesting favors. It is a life skill that is best learned early so that it will be more easily applicable later in life. This process helped me grow because it taught me and forced me to reach out to adults whose help I need, something that will undoubtedly happen again in the future. I've also come to the realization that I am relying heavily on the approval of my idea to complete my project. Should I hit a few snags in the planning process, the ramifications could be crippling to the executions of my plans.

Inquiry Questions for Further Research:
  • Should this be rejected, what else can I do that aligns with my interests? 

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Findings Through Research

In order to successfully complete my project, I would  have to get permission from my school's administration to leave the school in the middle of the day. In order to effectively work with children, I need to be patient and effective in teaching. However, should teaching them in person not be approved, I would most probably work with them through technological devices, such as Skype and SmartMusic. This experience can improve my own playing because I will be able to read and learn new music, which is always a useful skill. To effectively plan and execute this, I would need the permission of the orchestral directors at the schools I plan to travel to. both of whom I can reach through e-mail. 

New Questions for Further Research:

  • How long do I plan on working with the younger students?
  • What do I plan to accomplish my working with them?
My original idea for my passion has changed a bit. I had originally wanted to use my music for profit, playing in places that would pay me for performing. However, I've found that I can combine my ability to help others and work with children to improve in an area I'm passionate about. In addition to this, I've also learned through my research that it is harder than it seems to plan and execute something in a short period of time. I think I've grown as a researcher because this experience has taught me to do things that I will need to do as an adult: planning events, contacting people for help, for example.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Changing Society Through Music

A goal I have for using my passion to change my community is to teach younger children how to play the cello. Due to the fact that teaching for profit at a young age is difficult to do, I plan on aiding a teacher at a local elementary and middle school. My passion is playing instruments, and I can use it to help others by teaching and helping them with their own music. Most music teachers are well-versed with more popular instruments, such as the violin and viola, so cellists often don't get much one-on-one learning time with their conductors at school. My "end goal" for my 20 Time/Genius Hour project is to use my passion to help young students improve their playing and to hopefully teach them something new.

Inquiry Questions for Further Research:

  • Whom do I need to talk to in order to get permission to travel during school hours?
  • How can I effectively work with younger children in a learning environment?
  • Are there alternative options to working with them, should visiting their school not work out?
  • How can I use this experience to improve my own playing?
  • Are there others I can contact to help me plan and execute this?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Passionate About Music

Something I'm very passionate about is music. I play the cello, and actively participate in musical extracurriculars. I've been playing the cello for seven years, and it's something I like to think I improved at. When I began, I wasn't very good. I had played the piano for years prior to the cello, and the basics of both instruments were vastly different, initially confusing me.
I began playing the cello in 2008, and have since been a part of the school orchestra and musicals. I was a part of the York Junior Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2013, and the York Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2013 to present day. In addition to this, I play in quartets, octets, and trios in public venues, often for a profit. 
I've found that music can be healing to the soul, and I wish to share that experience with others who can benefit from it as much as I have.