Tuesday, July 23, 2019

My Experience

I got to accompany 3 masses in high school and play in 3 pit orchestras.  Accompanying masses, I just played the melody with the right hand and added chords in the left hand but was good at sight-reading that way.  In the pit orchestras, I mostly played one note parts on keyboard.

I was in church choir age 8-18 when available, which was most of the time.  I memorized church music from the books waiting for mass, when I as 6 or 7 so I could remember it at home.

I did organ in college, too, for about a year.

The Truth

I can see that people in band start late but that people in youth ensembles maybe at school are very snobbish, seclusive socially, and feel overall sacrificially about it, no matter what age they start.

The Truth

People in ballet claim they like a lot of popular things but that the decision to do ballet was just that you liked it and not that you disliked it, at least in the US, like we are all happy to live in a free country that has so many ethnicities and like we have the benefits from any race.


I cleaned most everything.  I had already cleaned most of it, but yesterday I went through old papers, 2 small boxes.

I've more recently been through my many socks I don't wear, my overflowing T shirts and casual bottoms, and many bathroom supplies stashed away.

I had reorganized my room, too.

Still, there's more I could do with what I have and/or with new furniture.

Happy Birthday!

My mom would have been 60.


I am not sure if I am gonna work but applied for a job.  I get $450 a month otherwise.

If I go to Freiburg, Germany, for a week-long workshop involving some of the Freiburger Barockorchester, usually in the early fall, it costs...
- $1,000 to fly, including both to and from
- $100-$200 room and board
- food?
- free workshop
total = maybe $2000+ is safe

If I go to a Freiburger Barockorchester concert in the US, which is rare of them, it could cost...
- around $200 to fly, including both to and from
- maybe $100 for shuttles
- money to eat
- concert ticket
total = around $500+ to be safe

Other things I use money for:
- eating out inexpensively
- things I need at Wal-Mart, usually for the bathroom
- odd things I need
- things for me, like new violin books, furniture I need
- currently have a Sea World and Aquatica water park pass ($35-ish monthly fee and food, which you can't bring much food to Aquatica anyway)

I got tired of working before and it took a longer time to commute.  I just didn't get enough sleep, sometimes/often hard to get to sleep.

Most people who work in minimum wage jobs may go to college.  I am teaching myself violin now.  I would only work part time anyway and maybe only seasonally.  Most people who major in music may teach, if they want, and I can't teach violin, at least as of now.  I've been asked to teach piano, but I haven't done piano in a long time.

Last time I worked, I used most of my money to eat out, it seemed, but inexpensively.  I have a hard time standing there as the hours go by, as I'm not used to it.  I'd prefer to go to college, but it's expensive to move and I'm not very advanced in violin.  I wanted to stay in college but kept having problems academically and other things.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Resigning an Idea

I was thinking of doing adult ballet 5 days a week, but I changed my mind to focus on violin and have money to fly to the Freiburger Barockorchester...


Would you major in psychology or sociology?  Why?

I was not considering psychology for the reason I would prefer sociology.

Doing Things With Children

What are the ideal ages to work/play with children?  How do you find the chance?

What I Wanted

I used to want to move to France (Debussey, Ravel, Widor) to play organ, my first year of college, and learn to speak French.

My Findings

I'd say the ideal place for classical music is Germany.  (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart.)


Did you take piano lessons or teach yourself?


When did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up?

I guess I had a feeling around 14/15.  I could see my path laid out involving performing involving music.

A Big Question

Do you know how to play violin?

Most people in school band can play multiple instruments.

The Big Question to Pop!

Do you have a lot of friends or close family?  Explain, like how you got that way.