Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Final 20 Time Update

Lexie and I have not gotten to get together to perform our 20 time project yet. We never got a reply from any of the hospitals that we had previously contacted. We also haven't had the available time to put together anything, performance wise, due to very busy schedules! It is disappointing that we haven't been able to do it for the children at hopsitals, but maybe we will be able to do it later on. Either way, 20 Time was a very valuable project to our over all academic approach on things, helping us become better students and learn from many different experiences.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

20 Time Update

As I researched the jobs of music teachers and music therapists, it can help many people with the same  passion. Both of these career options have a lot of other characteristics other than being passionate about music. For many pepopple, they might not want to work with others, have patience, or be good at instructing or helping people. These are all big deciding factors on whether their passion in music could be pursued in either teaching or therapy.

Lately in 20 Time, I have been working on my rough draft research paper. I have found some information on music teaching that I am interested in and I am defintely learning along the way!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Bringing my Passion to the Future: #7

      As I have done my research, I have found that there are many professional opportunities for me to pursue in music. However, not many of the careers I think I would actually want to do. I think I would really enjoy being a music teacher or possibly a music therapist. I love helping people and making them better, and I want to make a difference in people's lives by using music just like others have to me. I thought about also being a private voice teacher, because I like working one on one with people, as well.
      Currently I mentor a singing group at the middle school, which is giving me some experience and showing me what it is like to work with a group of students. I really enjoy it!
      As I looked at my other option of music therapy, I really liked the idea of helping others and I love working with mentally disabled and other people alike. One thing I noticed that I didn't really like about being a music therapist, is you have to take biology courses. I really really like science, but not the biology part!
      Also, neither of these jobs pay super well, but they aren't terrible either.
      I think I will keep further researching more options for a future in music until I have found a perfect match!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Learning from 20 Time: #6

          So far, I have learned a lot about learning with other people and communicating with people in the real world through this project. One of the most valuable lessons I've learned is being able to move past the obstacles and redirecting yourself. When things don't go as planned, it throws you off guard but because that has happened, I have learned how to handle those things and figure out ways around them. This lesson will help me for any future things that may stand in the way or go wrong as we continue on the project. This can also help in real life throughout high school because no matter what there will be challenges I will have to learn to face and handle appropriatley. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Pitch Day: #5

       On pitch day, I was pretty nervous but going into it but it ended up being easier than presenting in front of the whole class. I was surprised at the number of people who actually loved our idea because I thought that going to do things for children in hospitals was a more common thing to do. We didn't really get a lot of feedback on our project though. I think pitch day was actually pretty relieving, reassuring day because it became easier to present and lifted that pressure I had leading up to it!

Monday, October 28, 2013

In the Process for Smiles

           So far in our 20 Time project, we have figured out what hospitals are in the potential for us to go to this winter to perform. However, we do not having anything totally solid in our schedules for us to go. We have worked on our pitch project trifold and are in the process of selecting numbers to choreograph and sing. Singing and dancing for the children is very exciting for us and we can't wait to get in there and share smiles with everyone! This process hasn't been the easiest for us to dodge some obstacles here and there and we are still pretty far from our final result, but we are learning from this and keep moving forward because doing this for the children is very important to us!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hospitals Contacted; Singing and Dancing for Children is my Passion: #3

     On a Saturday, Lexie and I got together to call the hospitals we wanted the chance to perform at. When we called, we were referred to the Child Life Departments, none of which were open on Saturdays. So this ran into a few problems. We still attempted to call the main lines of every single hospital, and then called the referred numbers. None of the numbers were open and we didn't get to schedule our hospital visits. The hospitals we called were Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children, Chilrden's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Paoli Hospital, Johns Hopkins, and Hershey Medical Center. When we called, we told the other side of the line who we were, our school, and asked them if we would be at all allowed to come sing and dance for the children of their hospitals. A few that had answering machines, we left a message with the same explained and a callback number. We still have to call to schedule our performances. This has taught us that just when we are free doesn't mean it's the quickest, easier way to contact people and we need to think in the real world business weeks where people would actually spend their days sitting in front of a phone.