Saturday, October 01, 2005

Performances, etc...

Wow! I came WAY too close to missing the deadline!

First of all, I would just like to say that I had a great time listening to everyone perform!! You were all amazing. Secondly, I think the resume thing was really helpful, if a little bit frustrating. For those of us who don't quite know what we want to do, it's really hard to come up with a career objective and to decide what information is relevant for the resume itself. But, again, it was really interesting to read about all that you guys have accomplished! I'm so proud to be part of your group!

Friday

I was so happy that Alex was willing to devote her time to practicing the piano part to my song and rehearsing with me. She is such a sensitive musician, and is ever ready to learn. We worked really well together and were sensitive to each other's comments. I was also happy that she didn't play louder than I; we were more of a team. It is so much more gratifying to work with another musician, because we are more connected and can give spontaneous artistic feedback. It is so much better that working with the CD, because as a singer, I should be working with my accompanist and be followed, not follow the CD. Brava, Alex!

After the two week Hiatus

Well, it's been awhile since I've blogged, but I only had good things to say about the past two weeks with Leneord C Foy. Music is more than notes and rhythms, and even more than emotion. I have learned that music is about creativity. Making a rainstorm in 152 was one of the most fun musical experiences. I'm sure the rest of the class enjoyed it as much as I did.

As for the resume, which is still in progress...hmm, how should I say this? It was kind of annoying putting it together, and it really stressed me out trying to identify exactly what it is I want to do (and I still don't know). However, making a resume is a vital part of creating employment opportunities and I'm glad I did it.

Performing

Performing in class this week was the first formal performace I've done since my senior recital at the end of may. It was interesting to see how much I've grown as a musician even in that small amount of time, as well as find out what parts of my technique still don't hold up as much as I would like under preasure. I say "under preasure" not because I think seminar is a competative or unfriendly environment--quite the opposite, as a matter of fact, it was easy-going and supportive. Nevertheless, I always put myself under preasure in performance situations. Part of it of course springs from the desire to "be good"; excellence, rather than perfection, is inherently demanded in all music. But achieving (or at least striving for) personal excellence isn't the most important aspect of musicial performane, or at least, I think, it shouldn't be. It should be thought of as a tool for getting out of the way of the music you're playing and letting it be its own artistic expression. Basically, I think playing a piece well isn't important because of how your audience judges you, but because it shows respect for what we do as musicians, as well as for the music itself.

The Resume...

So really, when writing a resume, the hardest thing is the job objective and choosing a format. Knowing where you have worked, awards you've earned, your experiences is pretty easy because you've been there! The format I pretty much figured out in no time, but of course, the job objective was quite difficult. I think professor Foy has read my resume about 3 times by now, if not more!! Other than the job objective, I've been having troubles trying to "brag" about what I've done during my life. I had mentioned to Professor Foy something I had been involved in over the summer and he looked at me, slightly irritated, and told me I was being to modest! So once again, I'm working on my resume trying to be less modest.

Overall- the experience in this "Performing" rotation, I've had a really good time! Making rainstorms, being able to see everyone perform, and laughing along with Professor Foy has been quite a blast! I hope everyone has enjoyed this rotation as much as I have!!

My First Resume

As I said before, I am so glad that we had to write a resume...it's such an important and practical thing to do. But I'll admit it: I was so worried and nervous about presenting my resume becuase I had never written one or even talked about one before - I had never even seen one until Prof. Foy brought them in, and those were the bad ones! I was glad to get feedback from everyone though; it really helped. That's one of the things I like about our class: we aren't afraid to give feedback and comments, but we do it in the right way; we don't criticize or embarass anyone, we simply offer advice and encouragement. This class, from the professor to the work to the performances, has been really great. I've really enjoyed the past two weeks!

Friday, September 30, 2005

Performances

I've really enjoyed the fact that our seminar teachers have made us perform twice already--any opportunity to play/sing in front of people (especially in such an intimate environment) is great. I felt compelled to do my best, not only for my own ease of mind, but because there were so many talented people that were going to be listening. I would feel ashamed if Prof. Foy thought I was a terrible pianist because I didn't work hard enough...it's even worse than just being a bad pianist. I went on Friday as well, which gave me the oppurtunity to listen to the talent in our group. I was most impressed by Emily's Bach partita (although unfortunately not in it's entirety) and I really enjoyed Dariens singing. I liked accompaning Jamie because it gave me the chance to play for a singer (something I've never done) and the chance to work on my sightreading skills...and the two of us worked very well together, I thought. At first, I wasn't looking forward to writing my resume because I have no idea what i want to do--but at least I think I might know what to do now after having written the resume.

Final Project

I think that the project that Professor Foy assigned was really relevant and left one to ponder exactly what is they want to do with your life. It was also helpful to hear from your peers on what could be fixed in things that you may have over looked when writing your resume. Other important factors of creating a notebook that has standard repertoire and keeping track of your gigs is also good for the management of your life as a musician. Many musician often neglect that side of music. But in order to share your talent with other that has to be some way of communicating with those who can provide the vain to do so. So I definintely enjoyed the Foy module and thought that there were a lot of relevant points that were brought by Professor Foy and by our peers.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Our Project

I highly agree with the functions of our project in Professor Foy's class. Just the fact that we wrote resumes will come in very handy in finding jobs in the future. The best performers do not always get the job. Sometimes if you have a better resume, you will be more likely to get a gig. Also, the fact that we have to choose and write about different performers forces us to learn about the great performers on our respective instruments. Hopefully everybody in the class will take these performers and listen intently to them, working on emulating what they do. The warm-up routine is also really important. Every effective performer has a warmup routine as to assure themselves that they are playing at the best of their abilities.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Here I Go

Alright...I think I am ready for tomorrow. This performance opportunity is a very good opportunity, if only to add another real performance opportunity. This helps you to realize that you do not practice like you perform, and there is more pressure when there are people around. Therefore, these performances help you get used to...well...performing.... Anyway, I think it will be a great experience, but I am still intimidated. Everyone has been so good. I think my resume is pretty decent, even if I don't have a lot of relevant experiences. This has all been a great experience, and I hope we can perform for wach other again in the future.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

On writing a resume at 18

This isn't the first time I've had to write a resume, but it is the first time I've been able to look at a fairly large portion of my life--i.e. high school--all at once in retrospect and see where I've been. Trying to put on paper the extend of my education and experience as a musician is a little more difficult than I imagined; dates and names of orchestras I've been in do nothing to describe the actual experience, a little like how the authors and titles of cited texts in essays cannot convey much about the meaning of the whole book, except as the reader might infer it from the context of the work in which it is cited. From the context of my life and my persuits as a musician, other musicians will have to form an idea of the context of my playing based on these entries and, if I'm lucky, recomendations from real people.
On one hand, it feels a little ridiculous to try to write a serious resume as a freshman in undergraduate, when I'm spending so much time thinking about the future and what I *want* to do as a musician. On the other hand, it has been revealing for me to think about what has shaped me as a musician. I've realized that some things were more long ago than I'd thought, like playing in my first youth orchestra. How could that have happened more than a decade ago? What have I learned form a decade of experience in youth orchestras, that will do me any good at all in a real, professional orchestra? I've realized that I've been very lucky as far as educational and performance opportunities are concerned in music.
What my resume looks like another decade down the road will be determined by choices I make this year, and the next, as I try to put myself on the right path as a serious music student. I'm finishing this resume assignment thinking not about everything I've done, but everything I still have to do, and how incomplete it really is.

>Em