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For my writing course here at college, I have had to do a project! I have made music the topic and focused on how much can effect students. If you guys want to check it out, please feel free to use this link to go and check it out!

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Pirates of Penzance

Pirates!

What a good show! Apparently, if you’re going to see it, read the synopsis first. It’s hard to follow otherwise, as I’ve heard.

It was a great experience though! The music was probably the hardest for a pit I have had to do so far. But, it was fun!

I even got a second flute this year! And she was amazing! Her name is Stephanie, a good friend of mine. I’m glad I got to share that with her! But that made me have to work hard to be a leader more than usual.

This was my last high school pit. That was a rather sad experience. I have learned so much about being a musician from pit! I have had to challenge myself and I was definitely challenged in pit more than any other thing yet.

I really appreciate every experience I have had with pit orchestra and look forward to doing more in my future!

New York, New York!

Yes, I did go again. (This was back in August so I am sorry for the lateness of this post)

This was my seventh time in the Big Apple! I love it there so much!

It was quite fun, this time more than many. I was there for 4 days and I was able to watch 6 shows!

We started Thursday night seeing the fantastic show Fun Home. It was in a theater that was a circle, these actors are so talented and had to act 360 degrees. The choreography was amazing! They really had to work hard to get everyone to notice them. I was fortunate enough to get front row seats, which, I kid you not, was right on the stage. I could touch the actors if I tried!! Fun Home was an amazing show that had a great and interesting story line, SUCH talented actors and actresses, and, a score that is almost breath taking. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I suggest you do!

Friday night was also good, we saw On The Town. It was good. I am not going to tell you to rush and get it! Rush and see it! Because it wasn’t extremely breathtaking in all honesty. I mean, it had it’s great moments. The dancing was cool most of the time. The vocals and music was really cute. I liked it! But, I wouldn’t say I loved it.

Saturday was great! We saw a matinee and a night show. We start the day with, what? HAMILTON the musical! My god. That show is getting the right attention. It is to die for! I can’t believe I saw it before it was so popular and now every time it gets brought up, I get to say I have seen it! Yes, it is beautiful and amazing in every way! The actors are a vision, the set is even beautiful! Miranda did an amazing job with the score, I can’t stress enough how wonderful it is. It was even a hilarious musical! Johnathon Groff made me cry of laughter. Really, look at it. Really. Then comment how much you love and appreciate me for telling you about it.

Saturday night we saw An American In Paris. That was simply gorgeous. There wasn’t as much singing as I would have wanted, but it is mostly a dancing show. I can’t over hype the dancing in this show! It was so fantastic! The beauty behind the choreography was amazing!

Sunday, our last day, we also saw a matinee and night show! Our matinee was Beautiful: The Carole King Story. That was a fascinating one for me! You’re laughing, you’re crying, it was amazing! The music was all Carole King, so if you like her, then you’ll certainly love this musical. But the acting was superb, the set was so well done! This is a great musical if you have the chance to see it, I would!

Our final show was another favorite of mine! Simply hilarious! Something Rotten is the name. If you are a shakespeare fan and musical fan, this is for you. Hilarious! Even if you just listen to it, you will be crying of laughter! Seeing it is much better…just saying….

Well! That was my last trip! If you have any questions, just comment below! 🙂

 

UW Eau Claire

I have started attending UW Eau Claire and it is going tremendously! I am a little over half way through my first semester and it is going very well. Music theory is a very interesting class and I’m doing surprisingly well in it. I am also pleased to announce that, as a freshman, I have made the highest band on campus! This is a huge achievement and I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful band!

During the summer I did pit orchestra yet again for a show called Pirates of Penzance. I also went to New York and saw many shows (I will write about soon).

Thanks for reading! I’ll write again soon!

Catch-up

Hello all you musicians and all you non-musicians! I haven’t written in a while, I apologize! But, here I am! Now, let’s play a little thing I would like to call, “Catch-up!”
Since the last time I have blogged, I have become a teacher (below is an essay I wrote about it for my english class). I cannot express the feeling I get while teaching. In my essay, I said that I have always watched teachers, this is a very true fact. Until you are in front of a class actually sharing your passion with them, you never know what it will be like. My kids are the greatest!

Another thing that I have been doing is playing at the church still! I have played several more times and I am still loving it! Everyone there is so nice and supportive. I rememeber the first time I played, they all went up to me and said, “Thank you for sharing your talent with us today.” I always winced at the word talent. Not in a bad way! It was just shocking for someone to look at me and call, what I know as a passion, a talent. It just makes my heart melt.

I am in a very busy state currently. I have been working on 9 solos! 4 for piccolo and 5 for flute.

Piccolo solos include:
Nani Nani- David Loeb
Una Matica de Ruda- David Loeb
Concerto in C major, RV 444-Vivaldi
Sonata in F major-Telemann

Flute solos include:
Suite in A Minor-Telemann
Morceau De Concours-Faure
Serenade a Pierrette-Hennebains
Serenade-Woodall
Poem-Griffes

On top of all of these solos, I am doing a pit orchestra for Kettle Moraine Perform musical, “Into the Woods”. What a great musical! I am so excited to be playing the Flute/Picc book for this show.

Last piece of exciting news! For christmas this year, my wonderful, supportive, loving parents got me a beautiful Saxophone! It is a Yamaha Alto that I have named Sven 🙂

Hope all of you are having a wonderful year so far! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while! Feel free to comment any questions or contact me on the comment page! Have a great day!

Life as a Teacher

I have 77 kids. They are mine, I am responsible for them. With my hands, I have to craft a beautiful piece of art through all of my kids. With my words, I have to show them the way of life in music. With my music, I have to open their eyes to a world they have never seen before.
I walk into the room with a symphony of butterflies in my stomach. My advisor’s soothing voice tries to tame the butterflies, but ringing bell just made them angry. Seventh hour had ended, and we were on our way to eighth. My first day has started. Kids, my kids, strolled into the room. They all joke around, passing through me as if I was a ghost. The ones that did acknowledge my presence look haunted, their eyes scream fear. I am an unknown being, a scary high school senior. I keep smiling, even with the beads of nervous sweat softly collecting, I stay calm. The smell of adolescence and the feeling of joy and excitement fill the room. I can still notice it with my butterflies going crazy.
I stand in front of the class. There were 144 eyes were locked on me. They sense me. Mrs. Kuehn smiles at the class. Her posture is so proper, her chest is out with pride, her chin is up with a certain snooty behavior that makes you know she’s in charge. With a soft smile, she started to speak. I can’t hear her words. I can’t hear anything. I can’t feel anything. I’m paralyzed in fear. I can see her moving, speaking to my kids. She makes it look so simple. Was she this nervous her first day? Was it like this?
“…Aly.” My head perks up when I hear my name. Every face made its way to me again. I look to Mrs. Kuehn, who is motioning towards me. I’m shaking. I can feel it, but I just keep smiling, hoping no one realizes. I give a little wave and say hello to my kids. Before I know it, there is an uproar in the class.
“Hello, Aly!” every kid yells in unison. Their perky, excited voices scare off the butterflies. Every face smiled at me, and I smile back. The realization that this is real hits me as hard a semi. I’m surprised. Not because I was just hit with a semi, but because I’m not scared of it – I’m actually rather excited.
I never knew what it meant to be a teacher, I have had over 30 of them. Since I was in kindergarten, I have watched every teacher I have had, just like everyone else. We watch teachers like they’re a movie. But in this movie, I was in the movie. Something no one realizes is that they love all their kids. If you look past the movie, you can see the love in their eyes. It’s like you never know what it’s like to be a mom until you are a mom. It’s impossible to express how you feel. There are no words.
I sit at their concert. I can hear every missed note. I can see every bad hand position. I can see everything wrong, and I will be honest, there are many things that can be improved, but a smile never escapes my face. I’m so proud. My kids have organized sounds with instruments in their tiny hands to make euphoria.
They may not be perfect; trust me, they’re not perfect. But they’re mine. With my words I will show them how to play. With my hands I will craft beauty through all of them. But, they have shown me what it means to be a teacher, which is priceless.