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Finding the Right Mentor for You

Finding the Right Mentor for You

As much as we’d like to get to where we want on our own, it often take the support of others to really propel us forward. We get the help of family, friends, and other supportive people. In particular, mentors can play a large part in shaping who we are and what we become. A mentor can be found in many forms, such as a teacher or an older classmate or friend. An article in “I Want Her Job” looks at how to find a mentor to guide your endeavors.

How to Find (And Keep) the Right Mentor For You:

1.)   Figure out what you want

What goal are you going for? What areas do you need guidance in? What kind of mentorship are you looking for?

2.)   Get the Coffee

Make as many connections as you can. You never know who you’ll find to help you or who you can help.

3.)   Create (and keep) the Relationship

Once you’ve found someone who you can see as a potential mentor, it’s time to create the relationship. Reach out to them, and remember that a relationship is a two-way street.

Be sure to check out the full piece for more helpful mentor advice!

Written by Guest Blogger, Katherine Chang (from The College Juice)

What I learn from MLK

When I googled MLK this is what I found “Dr. ‘Martin Luther King, Jr.’ (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.” 

I was rather horrified to find that his work, beliefs and passions were encapsulated into such a small rendering of a huge figure. Dr King was more than that. He like Martin Luther (November 10, 1483, Eisleben, Germany – Died: February 18, 1546 Eisleben, Germany) was a intellectual, scholar and man of faith. They were above all fighters for the equality of all man. They both died as a result of man’s inhumanity to man, and the ignorance that follows those that can not comprehend progressive thought. When I say progressive, I do not simply mean the political idealogy of progressivism which is “based on the Idea of Progress that asserts the advances in science, technology, economic development, and social organization, can improve the human condition.” I mean truly, that they were thinking outside of any box to the pure essence of what ails man in the core of his being. The hearty fibrous pith that exist within all our cells. 

Ironically, if we look at King Saul, who was the first king of Isreal in the old testament, and Saul turned the Apostle Paul in the new testament (bible), we can parallel both Martin Luther’s in a similar way. They both were extensions of the same purpose, which was to free man from the shackles of ignorance and malice. They really believed in the teaching of Jesus, and looked to the day when man and woman could just love one another. 

MLK, has taught me so many things in my short life. Among the many things he has shown me through his intense and meaningful life was that we shouldn’t live a regretful life. So, we should do all and be all that we can be in life. Never take a short cut, because it could be the last one you take. Slow and stead and true to the mission you should proceed in all you undertake. Believe that there is good that resides in all people, BUT above all place God first!

He is the first man of color to be honored, despite resistance from the minority (Arizona), with a national holiday. The holiday is more about the fight than the man. We honor his memory by continuing to attempt to trample under foot those ideas and ways of thinking that would threaten to subjugate one man for the freedom of the other. MLK was more than a place holder, and freedom fighter, and pastor, a son, a husband, he was a human that stood up for the what he believed in. Have you done that? Have you stood up what you believe in? Today is the day you should begin or renew your will to fight the good fight and like our dear depart but not forgotten friend “Madiba” Nelson Mandela would say “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

 

RSA Replay: What is Power?

Streamed live on Nov 7, 2013
Sociologist Stein Ringen explores the art of governance, and the importance of the personal qualities of our leaders – and argued that success or failure depends not on how much power you have, but how well you use it.

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RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Uploaded on Apr 1, 2010
This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.
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TRUMPET PRACTICE ROUTINE

I was recently asked by one of my long time friends, if I could create a practice routine for him. I have several that I use to keep my chops in shape, but I thought I should share this particular one with you all. If this helps please let me know. This is in no way suppose to correct or fix all of the problems that you may encounter in your trumpet playing, how ever it is always great to have a template from which you can add or subtract materials. I hope this helps. 

 

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Arts education gives students skills to create, adapt and take risks in the future.

Arts education gives students skills to create, adapt and take risks in the future.

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Anxiety abounds concerning the demands of our rapidly changing and ever more complicated world and about the ability of our educational system to respond. Yet the education we are fashioning for our children and their children seems ill-suited for the lives they will lead.

We hear widespread calls for “outcomes” we can measure and for education geared to specific employment needs, but many of today’s students will hold jobs that have not yet been invented, deploying skills not yet defined. We not only need to equip them with the ability to answer the questions relevant to the world we now inhabit; we must also enable them to ask the right questions to shape the world to come.

We need education that nurtures judgment as well as mastery, ethics and values as well as analysis. We need learning that will enable students to interpret complexity, to adapt, and to make sense of lives they never anticipated. We need a way of teaching that encourages them to develop understanding of those different from themselves, enabling constructive collaborations across national and cultural origins and identities.

In other words, we need learning that incorporates what the arts teach us.

The arts are about imagining beyond the bounds of the known. They embrace the past and the future of the human mind and soul. Playing music can be both a model and a metaphor for important aspects of the lives our children will be called upon to lead. Take, for example, Thomas Sudhof, a winner of 2013’s Nobel Prize for medicine and physiology. He attributed his discipline and depth of understanding to the mentorship of his bassoon instructor.

Music stresses individual practice and technical excellence, but it also necessitates listening to and working with others in fulfillment of the requirements of ensemble performance. In jazz, collective improvisation offers musicians the freedom to reinvent, adapt and change. But that freedom is tempered by a shared overall objective: swing. The art of swing is the art of balance, of constant assertion and compromise.

Learning to play or paint, dance, sing or act, means constantly being refashioned, constantly demanding risk. “If you don’t make mistakes,” Coleman Hawkins once said, “you aren’t really trying.”

And dealing with one’s inevitable mistakes is also part of an artist’s education. “If you hit a wrong note,” Miles Davis explained, “it’s the next note that you play that determines if it’s good or bad.”

These are lessons for how we all can grow throughout our lives.

We are a diverse nation, constantly working to define what makes us one. It was no coincidence that one early example of racial integration in America took place on the jazz bandstand of Benny Goodman: The arts provide a critical means of communicating across divisions and differences, of sharing and appreciating the riffs and rhythms that diverse players bring to the common enterprise.

In recent years, though, we have witnessed a depressing retreat from arts education in American schools. In 1982, nearly 66% of 18-year-olds in the U.S. reported taking art classes; by 2008, the number had fallen to below 50%. The percentage of elementary school students who had theater or dance classes available to them went from 10% in the early ’90s to only 4% and 3%, respectively, in the 2009-10 school year.

We once knew better. In 1884, the National Education Association established a Music Education Department, and the teaching of music proliferated across the country. It is worth remembering that Louis Armstrong, born in 1901, has described being given his first music lesson — and a cornet — in a segregated, underfunded reform school.

As we lament the discordant tone of our national conversation, perhaps we should focus less on that which we can easily count. Let’s instead look to the longer run as we teach our children how to practice until it hurts, to bravely take the stage, to imagine, create and innovate and — after hitting that wrong note — follow it up with the right one.

We must teach our children to be ready for a world we cannot yet know, one that will require the attitudes and understanding sparked and nurtured by the experience of the arts.

These are the qualities by which the future will measure us.

Harvard President Drew Faust invited trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis to present a series of six lecture-performances during which they joined forces on the importance of an arts education.

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2014

As this wonderful year begins, I was reminded by my mother of the promises I wrote down in a high school year book almost twenty years ago. I visited my family during the holiday season, during my break from graduate school between fall and spring semesters. I happen to go over to my mothers’s house, were she asked me whether or not I remembered writing something about becoming a professor in a year book almost twenty years ago? I laughed, and said “I don’t remember even buying a year book to begin with..” I saw that I had written many things down, and among them I mentioned having a family, being a good husband, playing music, and being a professor at a major institution. It is funny the things we see as dreams in our youth, that later become realities. I was happy that she reminded me of the challenges I’ve overcome along with the creative spirit that has always been with me. 2014 is  potent and brimming over with dynamic positive changes that will take place in the coming months. I never ever thought, in my childhood, that I would be getting my advance terminal degree in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. I am honored by the opportunity that the Lord has given me. It is nothing short of the grace of God, along with his unmerited favor. We are excited to continue moving forward in our life here in New York! I love the “Boogie Down Bronx”, and pray that my research into hip-hop music education is able to help the people here as well as those throughout NYC. 2013 was so dynamic, but 2014 is going to be beyond BANANAS!!! Wait and see

Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct[a] your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”