Our speeches are finished and graded, we had a very successful TEDx event on Saturday, and finals are this week! It's ridiculous. It felt like just yesterday I was thinking to myself, oh don't worry, self! You've got forever to write this music!
And now it's said and done, and the quartet is even being played by a highschool string orchestra!
Even though through 20 time, I have accomplished a lot, and put in a ton of effort, I don't think that 20 time can necessarily ever be over. As long as I keep writing music, and discovering new ways that music helps to heal our bodies, my 20 time project is probably going to continue forever. Which I'm pretty thrilled about.
Anyways, the point of this blog is to answer some questions asked by Mr. Provenzano, and to wrap up our in school 20 time project, so I'll answer those now so I don't get carried away and forget.
1) What is your opinion of 20 time, based on your experience in the class?
I LOVED 20 TIME. A lot. A lot a lot a lot. Mainly because normally I view school as a thing that I go to, just so that I don't get put in Juvi, or have my parents arrested or something for my lack of going to school. Typically the only classes that I think will actually help me land a position in an orchestra or in a quartet or teaching at a university is Orchestra, Band and tutorial. Because let's be honest. At my future orchestra auditions, they aren't going to be asking me to find the volume of a half sphere, or know the difference between all the King Charles's. THEY'RE GOING TO ASK ME TO PLAY THE VIOLIN. Conservatories don't even look at your GPA or test scores. Everything is based off of that one 10 minute audition you take in March of your senior year. BUT, 20 time gave me a sense that I was doing something useful for myself when going to school. Every friday in English class, instead of thinking "oh my goodness I need to be practicing my Till Eulenspiegel and Don Juan excerpts right now or else I'm never going to get back into orchestra." i could think about how much better I was getting at composing and how useful sitting in school was for me at that moment. Since I got to do whatever I wanted, I chose something I loved and something I could benefit from, and I grew as a musician and as a person. 20 time forced me to make decisions I would have normally ran away from, and also got me on stage talking to my peers about the most important thing in my life and what it has done for myself and for my friends. It was crazy. No way I could have done that in September. So that's basically why I loved 20 Time.
2) What are aspects of 20 time you think could be changed for next year?
I basically loved 20 Time in it's entirety. But if Ihad to pick one thing, it would be to give mini presentations periodically to the class. This would sort of warm students up to their big presentation in June, but also serve as a motivator to get stuff done. I know I would not want to have to stand in front of my class mumbling some incomprehensible rubbish about ALL the hard work I did last week, when in reality it was nothing. Just the thought of "oh shoot do I had to present this week?!?" would definitely push me to work hard.
3) What would you not change about 20 Time?
I would not change how open ended this project is. I think that the fact that we could do whatever we wanted really helped me pick something I loved and cared about. If the topic weren't as broad and I had to pick something relating to English, I wouldn't have learned anything because I have to do that anyway, and I wouldn't have pushed myself to do it because it would have been homework again. And no one likes homework. Teachers don't even like to grade homework.
4) is 20 time something more students should do in school.
YESYESYESYESYESYESYES. While I agree that yes some people sat every Friday and did absolutely nothing, I think that these kids learned from their mistake of doing nothing because they either failed at their presentation, or had to cram a years worth of work into a week. Neither option is fun. I also think that it would teach kids how to take responsibility on of their own, and would help them mature further. It would also reopen up their minds to creativity, something that school cleverly shut out of all of us. Just thinking of a project is a start to battling "robot students." My friends who didn't have the option of 20 Time actually planned out what they would have done if they ha 20 Time, and let me tell you, their ideas were AWESOME. All people have the ability to be extraordinary, the only thing different from extraordinary people and ordinary people is opportunity. That's why I think all students should have 20 time. Gosh, there could be a secret Picasso right under everyone's noses who wasn't discovered due to lack of opportunities like 20 Time. WHAT ARE WE DOING.
5) what advice would you give to students who are doing 20 time next year?
DON'T DO SOMETHING THAT WILL MERELY GET YOU INTO COLLEGE. Don't do something because your friends are doing it. Don't choose a topic you hate just because you can't think of what else to do.
Choose something you love and something that will keep you interested to work all year. Guess what, despite all the shared clothing and makeup, you and your friends aren't the same, so please for the love of god do something you like, not something your friends like. Don't limit yourself in a box because everything outside the box seems impossible, and don't be afraid of what you don't know. It'll work out I promise.
Also, talking on stage to your peers about something you love and are passionate about is a LOT easier than talking to them about something you hate and had to memorize because you don't remember things you hate. (Cough world history tests cough) I always got B-'s on my presentations on the economy this year, but I got an A+ while talking about music. Just sayin'.
Chose something you love. I promise your life will be a lot easier and less stressful throughout the year. Less stress=good.
So that's about all I have to say for this past year. Maybe if something awesome happens over the summer I'll write something about it. And I'll probably post that recording of the high school orchestra playing my music, if I can figure out this whole technology thing.
(I like this sun because it reminds me of my hair. Wow this is so random okay bye.)