On campus, we held a fun little “Childhood Favorites” Recital as a collegiate chapter Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) event.
Here is the piano.
Paul helps with set-up and demonstrates his wild piano-playing abilities (or lack thereof).
The performers look ready!
This piano grad student starts things off with “Little Indian Lance,” complete with a feather band.
Next, I serenaded the crowd with “Holiday Parade.”
Other performers followed with hits like “Clowns,” “Minuet in G,” “Malaguena,” and more.
Loretta & I then played “C.S. Theme and Variations”….what a riot!
And the piano professors rounded things off with a lovely Fauré duet.
For my World Music class, my professor assigned us to work in groups and do a fieldwork project, observing about a specific musical group and writing about the way music functions in our community. So my group and I observed a local dance group, called All For One. It’s an volunteer-based organization that provides inexpensive dance classes to kids to provide them a way to experience culture, stay fit, and have fun in a safe, constructive environment.
We first observed a Mexican Folklorico dance class. The students wore their “practice skirts” and “character shoes”, which are along the same lines of a tap dance shoe.
Then we observed a Hip-Hop dance class. This was a less structured, less disciplined class — but still intense. The kids really looked like they were having fun!
It was a fun subject to choose! We will be researching the history of each kind of dance and its corresponding musical style, and writing up a five-page paper. Then we’ll be presenting our findings to the class in a few weeks. Fun, fun, fun!