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Students sharpen their talents in symphony

Students sharpen their talents in symphony

Students sharpen their talents in symphony
March 26
00:34 2015

Matthew Payne / Staff Writer

Passing on musical knowledge from student to student, Secondary Symphony provides an extra push of practice for those looking to work on their craft.

Organized by music fraternities Phi Mu Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, and spearheaded by Mu Phi Epsilon, music majors gain the opportunity to impart their creative skills to their peers. The group allows music majors to instruct each other one evening once a week in small ensembles of brass, woodwind and string instruments, where they work on various etudes during their time.

Members then combine the efforts of their rehearsals throughout the semester for a performance at noon Friday, April 3 in the commons of the Music Building with several other extracurricular groups in a showcase of what the College of Music has to offer.26_symphony_web2

The brass section practices in the Music Building on Monday night. The practice rooms offer an open area for music students to work with each other. 

“It’s a great opportunity for music education majors to acquire real-world experience, and basically anybody with the interest in picking up an instrument and getting acquainted with it,” music education sophomore Jo Darmon said.  “We get to learn instruments other than our primary one, and get to share time learning and teaching each other with the opportunity of sharing that with students who don’t necessarily need to have any experience at all with musical performance.”

Secondary Symphony is a small group that has been gaining momentum over the past few years, Darmon said, and while it is chiefly meant for music majors to practice their teaching and acquire greater savvy for the instruments they are interested in, there are no objections for non-music majors on campus to join in on the fun.

“It’d be great to have more non-music majors involved in the program,” woodwinds instructor Gina Ferro said. “It provides a better, more thorough teaching experience for us music education majors whenever they don’t have as much experience, like in a school.”

Damon said she was excited to express the possibility of the program expanding in the future.

“I think it would be great to see the Secondary Symphony grow into more than what we already have,” Darmon said. “We’ve had a few non-music majors come along and pick up an instrument only to become very interested, and the fact that it allows for the opportunity of improvement and growth is something valuable.

International studies freshman Araseli Martinez said she has been practicing with Secondary Symphony since the start of the semester.

“I wanted to continue playing an instrument after high school.” said Martinez, who practices French horn.  “I was told by a music major that I could be a part of this, so it’s nice to have the chance to play again.”

Featured Image: Music education junior Emmanuel Coraza, right, tutors violin players during a Secondary Symphony rehearsal. The program allows music students to help those interested in playing instruments learn their craft. Photos by Evan McAlister – Staff Photographer

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