Despite cuts in field trip funds this year, students studying music at Hannibal High School were provided a unique opportunity through a grant from Target. Secured by music teacher, Shirley Terrinoni, the field trip grant gave students a chance to learn about careers in the area of music, as well as numerous other related jobs.
Ron Keck, owner of Subcat Music Studios explained the recording and mixing process as the students moved from room to room. Assisting educate the students when small spaces necessitated splitting the group in two, was intern, Scott Tighe, a recent graduate of SUNY Oswego and Pulaski alum. Questions were numerous as students explored the music and technology equipment utilized in the recording business.
Stopping next at The Post Standard, the students began with a guided tour of the office area and press facilities presented by Taylor Clark, learning about the careers associated with the newspaper industry and on-line news media. Mark Bialczak, music critic, met with the group, talking about the educational route that led him to his current position and what he looks for when writing a review.
After lunch and a brief tour of Crouse College of Music on the Syracuse University campus, David Rezak, chairperson of the Bandier Music Industry program discussed the numerous jobs associated with a song and a musician. Creating a wheel with many spokes, Mr. Rezak described the responsibilities of each and emphasized networking and internships as important inroads for these positions.
The final stop was a rehearsal of the Syracuse Symphony. Education Manager, Robert Allen led the group backstage, explained the rehearsal procedure and then discussed the schedule of a performing musician. Administrative and support positions were also explained to educate the students about what is taken for granted when they attend a concert.
New York State Standards of arts education state, â€œStudents will know the vocations and avocations available to them in music. Students will understand a broad range of career opportunities in the field of music, including those involved with funding, producing, and marketing musical events.â€ Thanks to Target, students from Hannibal were able to gather information directly from individuals involved in the music business.