Justin Bologna Post 2

Program: n/a
Impact statement: I worked with my brother to help him expand his musical experience.
Reflection: I have been working with my younger brother for a while to help him learn guitar. The two of us have had a very similar musical experience, so I figured that I could be especially helpful to him. We both played piano for several years and then took up guitar shortly before high school. I started teaching him things that I wish I had been taught when I was his age. I got a sense of the kind of music he listens to and suggested songs to learn based on that. Something that I found constantly frustrating as a young kid playing piano was playing pieces that I did not enjoy or care about. I have found that the best way to learn music is to play songs that excite you and that you are already passionate about. I have also been connecting guitar to the music theory knowledge he already had from piano. I explained exactly what a c chord on guitar means and how it is similar in most ways but different in a few to the c triad he learned on piano. I will continue these lessons, and I hope to keep him interested and excited about learning guitar.

Anna Zhu, Grace Nelson Post 2

Program: Tri- M
Impact statement: I am playing at the Tri- M Induction.
Reflection: I am playing a violin duo with Grace Nelson for the Tri-M honor society induction. We are playing the Concerto for Two Violins 1st Movement by Bach. We choose this piece because it sounds really nice and speaks to collaboration. Although each violin part is separate, they combine together to make amazing music. Much of the piece is also call and answer, meaning the first violin plays and the the second violin will echo a reply back. In addition, each part builds on top of the other. For example, when the first violin has sixteenth notes, the second violin has eighth notes to help keep the steady tempo and balance. This is true for when the second violin has sixteenth notes and the first violin plays eighth notes to help keep in beat. Overall, the piece can be seen to represent Tri-M honor society as whole. Although band, orchestral, and chorus are different parts of the fine arts department, when we come together to provide service to the community, we create music that speaks to compassion, character, and a willingness to serve.

Grace Nelson Post 2

Impact statement: I offered free lessons to children in my neighborhood, Logan Square. I ended up teaching a girl named Margaret some basic chords and songs on the ukulele, an instrument I have been self teaching myself for two years
Reflection: I began learning the ukulele on my own because I thought it was something that would be a good stress reliever. It has defiantly proven to be so over the years, so I was excited to share it with someone else. Teaching someone music was a little daunting to me because it seemed very complex by requiring having a lot of patience and empathy for the learner. However, the experience was really good and I enjoyed it. I thought about the music instructors I have had in my life so far and tried to mimic how they approached our lessons. I started out with small things like strumming and eventually worked up to a full song with about 4 chords.

Anna Zhu Post 1

Program: North Park Neighborhood
Impact statement: My project was to teach the younger generation about music and spark their interest in learning a musical instrument. I served the North Park Neighborhood, particularly my neighbors and hope to work with kids at Peterson Elementary School.
Reflection: During the past semester, I worked with some students from Peterson Elementary in the 3rd and 4th grade. Peterson Elementary is a school down the street from Northside College Prep. They have two music programs: band classes for grades 5th and up, and chorus classes for grades 3rd and 4th. However, they do not have an orchestral program, so I thought it would be nice to teach some students violin. The students I worked with were siblings, a 3rd grader and a 4th grade. Along with my younger sister’s help, I taught them violin and how to read music. Although it was difficult to teach at first, I definitely learned how fulfilling it felt to pass my knowledge to the next generation and to watch the girls grow from knowing nothing about music, to being able to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and “Lightly Row.” It was truly an enriching and humbling experience, and I definitely will continue this service project in the future.

Christa Ciesel Post 2

Program: Edge of the Wood Theatre
Impact statement: Worked with students in the upcoming musical in refining the music.
Reflection: On May 30th, I was able to revisit my position in the theatre and help the students review the music in the musical Spamalot. This time, I was more focused on making sure the students understood all of the more minuscule changes that could be made in the performance that would elevate it to another level. With performances coming around within the next couple weeks, it was important to make sure the students weren’t stressed and instead focused on enjoying the musical components of the show. I felt very proud of the entire ensemble, as they worked hard to make sure that any spots that were deemed difficult were quickly addressed and fixed. I enjoy when a score of a musical contains many different genres to tackle, and I found myself and the other students laughing and having a good time whenever our hard work translated into a funny moment in the song perfectly timed. I feel like this type of musical experience is very important to share with students of all ages. Making sure a group is staying true to the composer’s intentions is very important, as you are taking someone else’s ideas and displaying them for different audiences every night. I feel like having fun along with hard work are the key aspects musicians should aspire to obtain.

Iman Adetunji Post 2

Program: Students at NCP- Amulya Aluru and Savannah Graziano
Impact statement: The second part of my project was teaching people who already participate in other aspects of music (orchestra or band) how to read choral sheet music and play the note on the piano.
Reflection: The second part of my service project was especially interesting to me because I was targeting a different set of people. In this case I was teaching orchestra students how to read choral music and play it on the piano. I learned something too in this part because I was able to see how different musicians learn music and how notes get applied for them. This was a good way of teaching them how different choral music is to orchestra music, but it was also a good way of identifying the similarities. The disparity between teaching musicians and teaching those with no music experience was especially palpable here as well. I realized that no matter what form the music takes, it can still bring people together. And now the people I taught will have a new appreciation for another aspect of music they never really thought about or they were never really exposed to.

Iman Adetunji Post 1

Impact statement: My first project was teaching my younger sisters how to identify notes on the keyboard and then apply that knowledge to playing notes from choral repertoire.
Reflection: In choir there are many components that are important to develop a fully developed and beautiful sound. One of them is, obviously, being able to identify the notes you are singing accurately. During the process of learning new repertoire piano is very helpful because it can give you the exact note you are meant to be singing, and if you can play it, the entire line. My goal for this project was to teach people how to identify notes on the keyboard, read sheet music, and apply the knowledge to playing notes. This project was important to me because I know many people not already involved in the music world believe singing is easy. This was my way of teaching people that music is about accuracy and being able to apply different aspects of rhythm and identification. Music is one of the things in the world that can bring everyone together and I think a better understanding of music only increases that connection.

Monica Garcia Post 2

Program: none
Impact statement: Helping Brandon prepare for his concert
Reflection: Brandon is in beginning orchestra and he wanted to improve some of his skills for the upcoming orchestra concert. And as his friend, I wanted to help him be prepared for his concert. I gave him some tips on how to better play his repertoire while we worked on emphasizing his crescendos and dynamics. I also made sure that he did the right bowing for all of his songs. We also separated some of the excerpts that he didn’t feel too confident on and worked on it until he was able to play it. Once I helped him improve the sections he needed help on, I introduced him to some new skills. I started teaching him some vibrato exercises so that he can practice on his own time.

Nelson, Grace & Zhu, Anna Post 2

Program: Playing for Induction – Concerto for two violins in D Minor, Bach
Impact statement:
Reflection: We choose this piece because we think that members of Tri-M will like it. There is an interesting balance between the two violins and we think it will be a fun piece for induction. We practiced together quite a bit to be ready to preform together. Anna especially worked really hard to get this piece ready as it is a difficult part and it is only her first year in Chamber strings.

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