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In Depth #7: Learning Centers

So, my learning center! Well… I think most likely I will be doing a presentation instead of a actual learning center, but I’m not quite sure how the sound system in the multi purpose room works. I’ll be asking around the grade ten classmates, probably Sean M., about how using the projector screen and sound for In-depth last year  worked out to figure out in more detail what it will.. Read More

In Depth Post #6: Filming and recitals

The past weekend, I went to my first violin recital! Right after the Minnikhada hike…and I still got there on time, which was good. I sucessfully played my piece with only one minor mistake, which the audience thankfully didn’t notice at all. I’m progressing into slides now, and going back and orth between all of the positions. I’m working on exercises with Heather out of the book she found for.. Read More

In-Depth post #5

Now that we’re well into In-Depth, it’s time to think about finding more learning opportunities. My violin lessons have been successful in teaching me something new each time; for instance, the last couple of lessons I had taught me more about slides on the violin than I’d ever imagined would be possible. On top of third and second positions on the violin, there is also a half position in which.. Read More

In-Depth Post #4

Another two weeks into our In-Depth project, and time is flying by. The links from the last little while on soundcloud are in a playlist here: I’ve been learning the E minor scale, and also that you can get blisters if you play violin for an extended period of time. E minor has the same key signature as G major, which you may remember from the Circle of Fifths  image.. Read More

February 21, 2014: In-depth post #3

Another two weeks since the last in-depth post. I’ve been learning how to play the song “Beauty and the Beast” on violin and a part of a song called “Illusory Light” that has a violin, piano and voice part. Jessica S., my friend who plays piano, is learning it as well and her younger sister might sing the vocals. (On SoundCloud, my practice:  and ). I learned the first few major keys that.. Read More

In-Depth Feb. 7th 2014

The first two weeks of In-Depth have gone by like a flash. I’ve found a mentor for an aspect of my project and started playing around with a sound-editing program. I’ve been having some trouble coming up with a plotline for the movie, but I have some rough ideas of what I want to shoot. Mentors: Yes! I’ve found a great person to mentor me in violin. She has taught.. Read More

January 17th, 2014: In-Depth Starts

So it starts – In-depth, the highly anticipated choice project which TALONS actively completes over five months. For my In-depth project, I’ve decided to combine two of my passions: Filmmaking and Music. How, you may ask? Well, I wasn’t that sure about the how-to for quite a while, but I think I’ve found a way to make it work. I’m going to try and create a film, and then record.. Read More