DP Round 2

I'm typing this as I sit in the back of an empty classroom. DP is sitting across from me.

As a TA (teacher's assistant) for this class, I basically get relive the whole DP experience again, which is exciting for me. I love the way he approaches learning, and I'm excited to see how much the students in his class learn this year.


(Re)Learning Guitar with Technology

When I was about 13 years old, I picked up my first guitar. I named her Billy Jean. That was about 4 years ago now. When I picked up the guitar for the first time, YouTube was my teacher. I played guitar for my school's jazz band, and I was given music to learn on the first day I showed up for rehearsal. Obviously, I didn't know anything at that time, so I had to teach myself. Everything I knew about the guitar was self-taught, with the occasional help of YouTube tutorials.
There are good things and bad things that come from that. You can move at your own pace. You can learn songs that you like and you find cool. You can learn in a way that's easiest for you. That's what I loved about teaching myself how to play guitar. However, over time, I noticed that I was heavily focusing on one aspect of playing guitar. I learned how to play rhythm guitar like a fucking pro... but that's it. I could read tabs, but not well enough. I had trouble playing riffs. Things like that…

5'2 and Some Change... Revamped!

As you can probably tell by the looks of my blog, I changed a few things. Actually, I changed the whole layout.

I must give credit where credit is due. My fellow classmate Cece showed our class her blog yesterday and I really enjoyed the layout. I liked how organized and simple everything looked, so I used the same layout and theme she used. And I think my blog looks great.

You know what they say; new year, new blog... right? Except, I'm not making a new blog... and it's technically not a new year...

You get what I mean.

Sooooonnnnnggggg: Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato

The Final Course UGH!

Here is my final essay for DP's class, a class I will miss very much. It's a bit lengthy, but even this doesn't fully cover everything I've learned in this course:

My Growth in This Course and My Ever-growing Curiosity      I am writing this essay with a heavy heart. You may be asking yourself why. “I mean, it’s just another English class”, my friends tell me. A curious girl with an intelligent mind, I’ve always longed to be in a class that would let me explore beyond the usual mathematical material, English grammar, and scientific discoveries. Teachers didn’t really seem to notice that though. For the past 14 years, I’ve been constrained by my teachers to only focus on the taught curriculum whilst pushing unnecessary thoughts and questions out of the way. The only good thing that came out of this is that I became very obedient. I didn’t speak without raising my hand. I didn’t give my opinion if it wasn’t asked for. I was polite and did what I was told, even if I thoug…

Current Mood

As you can tell, I felt very creative and inspired tonight. Hopefully, DP will like my essay. 
Sooooonnnnnggggg: I Hate Everything About You by Three Days Grace. I absolutely LOVE this song and this band.

Big Question Recap

Hey guys! Hopefully, you found my presentation to be a little bit insightful and interesting. In this post, I'm going to answer some questions some of you may have and update you on upcoming attractions.

As some of you may know I changed my question multiple times throughout the year. I am a big science dork and I couldn't seem to find a way to connect both music and science in one question, until a few days ago when I got my final big question. I picked a question relating to music and the brain because I am passionate about both topics. I used to want to be a brain surgeon and a psychologist once upon a time, fun fact. I did my presentation the way I did because I was inspired by TED Talks. For those of you that aren't familiar, it's basically a name given to presentations done by experts on a super grand stage in front of other experts about a specific topic. Particularly, I was inspired by Tim Urban's TED Talk about what goes on in the mind of a procrastinator.

My Big Question: What Are the Effects of Music On the Brain?

You know, I still remember the first day I held an instrument. I was sitting in a crowded library with about a million other kids and with ridiculously shaky and clammy hands, I assembled (or tried to assemble) my clarinet. I mirrored the actions of my band teacher, Ms. Belyea, and proceeded to soak a popsicle stick looking thing (known as a reed) and placed it with much precision on my mouthpiece. She then asked me to play a note using just the mouthpiece. It was the most unpleasant sound ever. Unfortunately, that’s all I had time to do because I had to return to class, however when I got home, I opened my clarinet book and proceeded to learn a few notes. I stared fervently at the fingering chart and my mind and fingers looked back at me and I’d sense them freaking out a little bit. It became a bit of a daily routine, but over the course of about a few weeks or so, I got the hang of it. Eventually, I had it down to a science. I was about 9 at the time, and who knew that experience w…