Shiloh Home - Adams County
August 18, 2010
When we agreed to do this program we knew that we would be stretching ourselves. The ages of the students, which ranged from eight to twelve, presented some interesting challenges for us, especially in light of the fact that the program was designed for students much older than this. I will not go over these challenges again, since we have stated and discussed them in previous blog entries, yet in light of these challenges, the experience was well worth the effort and occasional anxiety.
Together we listened to the songs, and then the students were presented with their copies of the cds. After each students song was played, Cody, Aaron, and I, talked about the strength of each student, and those qualities that made each of them unique.
Cody mastered the songs and did a great job, but it did pose some interesting questions regarding the acceptable protocol for us when doing so. What is okay to change and what is not? If there are liberties taken by us, when mastering the student's music, how should that be represented on the website and cd jacket? Because these students were less interested in thee production quality, then say the older students, the raw material for the cds was just that, a bit more raw. Also, the vocals were a bit more sporadic and unrefined. This being the case, Cody took liberties in order their songs be interesting and polished, which offended one of the students. We, as a program, love when students are clear as to their work's vision, so we welcome the challenges associated with the issue of authenticity, and work hard to preserve the student's intention. However, we are constantly making difficult decisions regarding how much instruction and interference are optimal for the student's success.
We handed out evaluations and got great feedback. The staff was sure to make clear how important this class was to the students and how much they looked forward to it. We hope to work with this population in the future, in some capacity, we are just not sure, right now, what that may look like.
But we did it! It feels good, because this class was a huge challenge for us, and the fact that we got such a great response makes it all worth it. Thanks Adams County, you were great!!!!