Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Diving in Headfirst

By Genevieve Buthod

Diving in Headfirst

Well, I think we all survived the first week! Congratulations. It’s crazy, but I already feel like it’s been about a month. It’s safe to say the stress is building quickly. The local high school honor band came to visit SXU this past weekend, and I think we showed them the best our school has to offer, at least in the music department. We had a concert for them on Saturday night in McGuire Hall, showcasing all of the different aspects of instrumental music they could partake in. The jazz combo performed a piece from last semester’s concert, which went well, and Dr. Miller and Professor Carney played a duet on “Tenor Madness” by Sonny Rollins.

It was a wonderful evening, and the high school students I spoke with seemed excited for the rest of the program. On Sunday, we played a few classical pieces for them, heard what they had been practicing together, and then we all played Variations on a Korean Folk Song for their parents and band directors. Everyone seemed to have a nice time, and I appreciated hearing the students share what they had learned with us. Dr. Malecki, our band orchestra director, said something that stuck with me, and most likely everyone who came that day. He said that while there are many things wrong with education in America right now, this is what’s right. He stressed the importance of fine arts in education, and quoted John Adams, “I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy … in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, [and] architecture…”

I think the families that came appreciated his point, but I believe the students did to an even greater extent. Sometimes it’s nice to hear a validation of studying what you love, especially when most people tend to not take it seriously. I love the advice I’ve heard, that you should just do what you love, and find a way to get paid for it. I feel that this is the only way to really be happy in school, a career, and in life.

Genevieve Buthod is a sophomore, and a double major in computer science and philosophy. She is a women’s studies minor, and thinking about a music minor as well. Genevieve is an officer in the Alliance (the GSA) and is a happy, healthy vegan. She is also involved with the Students for Justice in Palestine.

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