Community Project Reflection

After completing this group project out in the community, I had a lot of take aways from the overall experience! While we split up the work that each group member would do, Brooke and I had the chance to observe and participate in a musical intervention held at the MIM (Musical instrument museum). The ages of the participants ranged from 8 months to roughly 24 months, and each of the child’s guardians were completely included in the activities as well. After interviewing Katie, who was the director/founder of this musical group, I gained an appreciation for music that comes in all shapes and forms. It was absolutely remarkable to see these small toddlers to experience the simplest musical experiences, yet have even deeper goals and objectives supporting the activity. Every baby was a different age, race, size, and demonstrated different levels of capabilities, yet could all enjoy the musical activities to some extent. A take-away for me from this observation is there is no tangible limit to whom music cannot impact or affect. On the contrary, music is something that can be shared by everyone, where people connect to it in their own special way. Another take away, building on this first idea or take-away, is the sense of support that music provides. On the specific day that we went and observed the session, the class was finishing up their European Unit, in which Katie planned her musical activities while incorporating European music and influence into the activities. I found it neat that whether or not any of the families there could relate to that European culture, music was something that everyone could still connect to, and furthermore help connect everyone else too. I think this idea can take place in any context or group of people; it is not your cultural background, beliefs, or political views that will define how you connect to music, but the ability to expose yourself to various types and forms of music. Ultimately for me, learning that Katie started this program because she wanted a way to not only connect with others in the community, but connect through the gift of music, is a prime example of what it means to be a community leader. It is taking the initiative to invite others to ¬†build relationships with one another, help provide a platform for the community to grow and experience moments with one another, and to help lead others in a positive direction towards bigger and better things. I am so glad I had the opportunity to go and observe and participate in that class, because it was a reminder to me that regardless of your age, ethnicity, beliefs, etc., it is the joint action of coming together as a community to enjoy music that truly matters.

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