Band Tour Homecoming Concert- 2017

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the Concordia concert band played their final concert of a Midwest tour. From March 10-15 the band traveled through Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wyoming to play concerts at churches in different locations. The band played eight songs at each concert with an intermission between the fourth and fifth song. This break gave the musicians’ mouths a break during the long concert. Some of the songs from the concert included Communion, Buffalo Dances, and American Flourish. Communion was based on the song Be Thou My Vision and started off with a clarinet duet which transitioned into an Irish feeling 6/8 meter. The final piece, American Flourish was a medley of patriotic songs, including Yankee Doodle, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, and Shenandoah. The full, grand ending of the piece brought the concert to a thrilling close.

Last semester in the Honors program, we learned about the different “Ways of Knowing.” Personally, music is one of the ways that I learn more about myself and the world. Playing pieces of music from different cultures and countries and learning about what emotions to put into the pieces allows me to learn about other people. Music also allows me to experience/express emotions that I don’t normally encounter in my day-to-day activities. Overall, playing clarinet for Concordia’s concert band and being able to travel with it has let me experience new emotions and cultures that I never would have if I wasn’t in it.

This concert was a bittersweet performance for me. It signaled the end of the 2017 band tour, which was more fun than I thought it was going to be. However, it was a long and tiring trip with some sickness along the way. I am happy to have been a part of it, and happy that it is over! I was also very thankful for all of the people that attended the concert. My dad was able to attend the concert and was able to hear me play for the first time since I have come to college. I am also very thankful for the people in the Honors program that came out to support the band. The class has become very close, and we have a neat opportunity to support each other’s endeavors.

Poehler Lecture 2017

On March 7, 2017, Dr. Barb Schoenbeck gave a lecture entitled “So, how are the children?” This lecture was the 2017 installment of the Poehler Lecture series and covered the topic of early childhood development. Dr. Schoenbeck listed five areas of child development: physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual and moral.  She explained how each of these areas impacted the child, with a special emphasis on the intellectual portion. She gave 10 requirements that a child needs to thrive as they are developing: care, safety, self esteem, touch, music, communication, reading(!), solid and loving relationships, interaction, and play. She also talked about how God, as a loving creator, created children to develop in predictable ways at their own paces. She also emphasized the importance of being an example of God’s love to children because children are always watching.

Dr. Schoenbeck made sure to always mention how God had a hand in all of the development stages of a child. This can be connected to the Honors program philosophy because we are always working to see God at work in the various subjects(science, math, sociology, etc.). This semester we are looking to see how we can reflect God’s love not to children, but rather to the marginalized in society. We are learning that listening to the marginalized is an important part of showing God’s love to them.

I found Dr. Schoenbeck’s lecture to be fascinating. I am not an early childhood education, but the information I learned at this lecture will be applicable in my future career. As a Director of Christian Education, I will be working with people of all ages, including young children that are still developing. Knowing the various ways that children develop and what they need to thrive will allow me to better tailor my actions towards the children to help them in the best way possible.