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dc.contributor.authorLevreault, Samantha
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-27T19:24:15Z
dc.date.available2018-03-27T19:24:15Z
dc.date.created2016-10-21
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10166/4585
dc.description.abstractThe Northampton Community Music Center (NCMC) offers people of all socio-economic backgrounds the opportunity to study music. It was a pleasure to intern as the Summer Program Assistant and help with the various camps at this non-profit organization. Running a fine arts school in today’s world is difficult due to unrealistic cuts of already small budgets. As a result, music opportunities are becoming less accessible to society. NCMC strives to give any person, regardless of monetary constraints, the opportunity to pursue music. While working with NCMC this summer, I learned the administrative side of running a non-profit music school. From sending out letters to answering phones, I learned about the little things that help an organization build ties with the surrounding community. I also found myself singing background vocals at Rock Band Camp and discovered a new area of music in which I am interested. This year, I will continue to learn about different forms of music while I finish my music major, and apply new teaching methods to my own students. I began my summer not knowing where my place in the music world would be when I graduate. After four months of learning from people in diverse musical professions, such as teachers, performers, directors, store owners, and freelancers, I found my place among these amazing people. In addition to realizing where music fits in my life, I have gained the confidence to pursue aspects of the music world that I love. I learned that I am not done learning. My experience at NCMC has prepared me for the next steps in my music journey.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.titleFinding My Forté in the Music World
dc.title.alternativeNavigating Non-profits
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dc.description.panabstractThis summer, each of us interned with a different non-profit organization. Non-profits are often sought after by ambitious, conscientious college students as gateways into morally-driven career paths. As we discussed our respective experiences, we each reflected that while the work itself was noble, seeing results in real time was uncommon. Non-profit work is a methodical process, where we each had to participate in forms of routine administrative work within otherwise high-energy, exciting organizations. While we were all knowledgeable going into our internships with non-profits that administrative work is requisite for most of these positions, we found that getting creative with our situations kept the work invigorating. Personal reflection, seizing opportunities for creative license over projects, and taking on writing assignments were all avenues through which we made the most out of our experiences.


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