Author Archive

Final Celebration!

Hi again, everybody!

I just wanted to thank everybody who was involved in the fantastic event we had this evening. I can’t possibly think of a better way to have wrapped up the project than this was. Everything was perfect, and there was not one detail that was left unconsidered… from the vegetarian lasagna to the music-themed cupcakes. =) Thank you so much to everybody who worked to make our final celebration as amazing as it was!!

Jenny, Linda, Sarah, and Joanne– thank you a thousand times for all of the hard work you have put into this project. I know I can speak for all of us when I say that you have made a bigger impact than you could possibly know. What you have taught us, and led us to realize about ourselves will stay with us forever, and this is an experience that I know I will never forget.

It was amazing to see everybody one final time as our projects come to a close. Although I know I still have some work to do over the next few of weeks to truly wrap up (and will be blogging about it!), I am proud to say that I felt a great feeling of accomplishment when I saw how far all of us have come over the past couple of months. Congratulations to everybody on all of your hard work!

I’m pretty sure this isn’t the last we’ll hear of each other, as I know all of the Arts Leaders are destined for great things. To everybody involved in the 2011 Arts Leadership program, thank you for making this a wonderful experience! It means a lot to me.

Bye for now,



25-May-2011 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment


Hi all! I hope everything is well on your end.

Sorry for my lack of posting; these past couple of weeks have been crazy!! My project is picking up speed and there is so much to do! =)

I have tons to update on, so here goes…

People in my community have been so fantastic about supporting my project. I have sold so many wristbands to excited families and students, who are just as excited about this project as all of us are. Their donations and enthusiasm have made this project extremely gratifying! Also, I have decided on the type of violin which I plan to purchase with the money I have raised by selling my wristbands! The website is below…

The CEVN-1W (the first type shown on the website) seems to have several favorable reviews (4 and 5 stars) on, and the quality and price range is about what I’m looking for. Needless to say, I’m extremely excited! I’m debating between colors (all five are visible if you click on the “Back to Electric Violins” link in the upper right of the page) but am a huge fan of the black… it looks very simple and elegant. Any advice would be very appreciated!

Things are picking up pace with my video as well. I plan to do some final filming and the editing this week, and should be good to go by the 3rd. My goal is to get it done in time so some local middle schools could show it this year in music classes, as motivation for the kids to stay in music when they enter high school. However, school ends on June 2nd, so we’ll have to see what time allows. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, though!!!

I’m hoping that for next time, I’ll be able to post some more media: video clips for feedback and final editing advice, along with more information and pictures about the electric violin. This week will be busy, but so exciting! =)

Stay tuned (no pun intended!)– more to come soon!

Bye for now,


23-May-2011 at 1:32 am Leave a comment

Lights, Camera, ACTION!

Hi everybody!

Things are finally getting moving now… these last couple weeks have been crazy! Here’s a recap:

The wristbands made it on time! (I’ll try to post a picture once I figure out how to!!) I managed to sell quite a few at the All City Music Contest which we had at my high school on the 2nd. It was really exciting to see all the people who were interested in supporting the arts in our schools!! This weekend, I plan to hit the pavement to sell some more.

Also, I have started conceptualizing my video and gathering my thoughts on the topic. Hopefully I will have a storyboard ready to go soon, and can begin filming in the next couple weeks. =)

I have had lots of good feedback on this project, and I think the next couple weeks will be action-packed, but hopefully very rewarding. I’m so excited to see what will happen next!!

Bye for now, and best of luck to everybody on their endeavors!


(As always, I would  love to hear any comments, ideas, and suggestions that you might have!)

12-April-2011 at 1:44 pm Leave a comment

Anji -Project Idea!


I am so impressed by how everybody’s projects are coming along! All of them look fantastic!! 🙂

After much contemplation, I finally decided on a project. I was thinking about how kids sometimes don’t know how wonderful music is, especially going in to middle school, and may not be motivated to try playing an instrument, or joining choir. So I thought that it would be really fun to put together a video of short testimonials of students about what music means to them, and how it has changed their lives for the better. In addition, I am planning on selling wristbands to raise money for a cause that I am (still!) undecided on, but will hopefully decide once I have developed my other idea a bit further. 🙂

It would mean a lot to me if you could offer any comments, advice, or ideas that you might have!


1-March-2011 at 3:43 pm 2 comments

First Post- Anji

Hi everybody!

Orientation on the 13th was so much fun! I hope everybody’s projects are going well!

As for my project, I’m toying with a new idea of doing some kind of music therapy for children who are patients at one of our local hospitals here in Cedar Rapids. Also, I had another idea of doing a fundraising effort and teaching basic music (such as drums) to children at the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Hopefully I will decide soon and make some  more progress!

Good luck to everybody!


25-February-2011 at 2:21 pm 2 comments

Share this Blog

Bookmark and Share

Visit Us

Learn more at

From the Top on Twitter

Orchestra Iowa on Twitter

Iowa Makes Music is a partnership of From the Top and Orchestra Iowa. Learn more.

%d bloggers like this: