Learning outcomes: Ethical Choices & Actions
For the past year and a half I have been part of a honor society called TRI–M. Even though I try my best to understand, I sometimes find this honor society irrelevant. There are days in which I feel that music in this community isn't appreciated at its 100%. Last week I had a chat with Ms. Angela David, from the Arts Department, as we discussed the problem regarding the arts in general and how they are invisible in my school’s culture. I was starting to wonder If quitting this honor society would be the best option. But soon found myself asking myself If that would be a good decision. I knew that quitting this honor society would be the easy way out to avoid this feeling of confusion, however, I decided to look at things from a different perspective and thought to myself, I have very limited time left in school, and if there is something I can do in this little time I have is help create a change. This is why I have decided to pair up with Luiz Sacasa, the soon to be TRIM PRESIDENT. Im currently working on developing new ideas, a plan students can follow when I'm no longer here. I will do anything I can to help solve this problem in the little time I have left in my school. On Friday of last week we had the 2017 TRIM ELECTIONS. Luis and I have both created a strategy where we will involve more opportunities for musicians to showcase their talent. We want to do this by offering more live music in our community. One thing we have created is the FRIDAYs–COMMON LIVE SESSIONS, where every two Fridays we will offer live music for everyone in our community to hear. Changing the appreciation of music in my community won't be an easy task but I definitely know that leaving TRIM wouldn't have been the best decision. Leaving this honor society would be the same as giving up on music, and as a passionate music lover, I would never abandon what I love the most. Now it's time to start working on the change.
Learning Outcome: Awareness of Global Issues.
I composed this piece called "Gallinazos Sin Plumas", meaning "Cockatiels without feathers". This title originally comes from peruvian writer Julio Ramon Ribeyro's story "Los Gallinazos Sin Plumas". This piece tells the story of two kids that live in a very poor society. Not only that but they have an uncle who physically abuses them. Poverty is a huge problem, but even worst, violence. I know and have seen many cases like this, where the lack of affection a kid gets can create a sense of loneliness, hopelessness, depression. I decided to give music a chance to speak for itself and describe the moods behind this story. I believe music has the power to tell a story, music can communicate certain emotions, feelings that not even writing can. This composition is prove that music can be a source of communication. What I tried to do was to deliver the different moods found trhoughout the story. This experience has allowed me to see myself as an individual that has been able to fuse music skills and abilities with literature and understand the power behind music and the magic it has to transmit a story.
"A las seis de la mañana la ciudad se levanta de puntillas y comienza a dar sus primeros pasos. Una fina niebla disuelve el perfil de los objetos y crea como una atmósfera encantada. Las personas que recorren la ciudad a esta hora parece que están hechas de otra sustancia, que pertenecen a un orden de vida fantasmal. Las beatas se arrastran penosamente hasta desaparecer en los pórticos de las iglesias. Los noctámbulos, macerados por la noche, regresan a sus casas envueltos en sus bufandas y en su melancolía. Los basureros inician por la avenida Pardo su paseo siniestro, armados de escobas y de carretas. A esta hora se ve también obreros caminando hacia el tranvía, policías bostezando contra los árboles, canillitas morados de frío, sirvientas sacando los cubos de basura. A esta hora, por último, como a una especie de misteriosa consigna, aparecen los gallinazos sin plumas".
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