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Master of Arts in Educational Technology (OMET) Pepperdine University  
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sequoias

  Learning Adventure #1

My final composition is called "Sequoias." I live in the Redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains in northern California where the majesty and powerfulness of these gentle giants grow. My adult son patiently listened to my finished melody and added his critique; "It’s kind of hard to follow." I wasn't offended because I knew what he meant. It is a simple tune, but not an easy listen. The Redwoods sing, but they sing an aged complex song. I am a watercolor artist and the beauty of the surrounding trees inspires my art. I hear their branches wrestle in the soothing breeze, breathe in their sweet, sweet air and enjoy the shade they provide my studio in the hot summer sun.

I played with several different compositions having loads of frivolous fun with the new Finale Notepad tool. Then reality sunk in and I had to settle into the "hard fun" of actually learning something about the new program. The pressure of coming up with a final product that wouldn't hurt anyone's ears was difficult and time consuming. It wasn't an easy task after all. It took me several hours to write and rewrite the notes for all three instruments. Reading some of the tips helped a bit, but overall the trial and error of putting down a measure, playing it back over and over again, was what ultimately worked for me.

I am not quite sure of the lesson to be learned here in regards to my MA degree in Educational Technology, but it was an assignment that I thoroughly enjoyed learning and doing.