Binda Foundation Supports Next Phase of Education Maymester
The Boundary Crossings program, in which junior-year Albion College students pursuing a teaching career conceive, plan, and teach interdisciplinary subject units to Albion public-school students, received a $15,000 grant to extend the initiative to Marshall High School. Following Albion Public Schools' transition to a K-8 district, the funding allows the successful nine-year-old program to continue to impact the city's high-school-age students.
Albion College Remembers Story, Legacy of Miriam Winter
Miriam Winter, a child survivor of the Holocaust in Poland who received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Albion College at 2009 Commencement, passed away July 19. "She inspired many at Albion College to think and feel deeply as well as act effectively in defense of those values that make for a humane society," history professor Geoffrey Cocks said.
Cucinella, '01, Improves Children's Lives at Cambodian NGO
Nick Cucinella spearheaded a drive that netted some 60 secondhand laptops for a nongovernmental organization serving children in Cambodia. "Most of these children have never been inside a car, let alone used a computer. The way to bridge the skills gap and prepare our students for meaningful employment is to empower them with technology," explains Cucinella, who is volunteering on-site in Siem Reap. "Teaching someone to fish allows them to survive; teaching a student to write code will allow her to thrive."
For my project, I am arranging jazz music for small ensembles. I'm taking already existing tunes (for example, "At the End of the Day" from Les Misérables) and I'm creating new versions of them, kind of like covering a song. In order to do this, I've been reading extensively about arranging and listening to music analytically. I use the music notation software Finale to create scores and parts for my arrangements).
What have you learned so far in doing your research?
I've learned a lot about harmony, melody, form and various other essential aspects of music that are involved in the arranging process. I've really deepened my understanding and appreciation of jazz and music theory as well.
Why did you pick this particular project?
I've always wanted to try arranging as a way of utilizing my music theory knowledge in a different and more intensive way than I have before. This project gives me the perfect chance to really delve into arranging as a form of creative musical expression.
How will this FURSCA project help you after Albion?
My project is helping me to become a better, more experienced and versatile musician, which will help me greatly after Albion. It's also helping me to further develop my self-discipline and creativity, which will help me throughout my life.
What's next for your project?
In the last weeks of FURSCA, I'm finishing up my last few arrangements. Hopefully, in the upcoming year(s), the Albion College Jazz Ensemble will find an opportunity to play some of my arrangements.