In-Depth 2020 Post #3

In-Depth is going very well! I am improving a lot faster then I thought I was going to, and I made a lot of progress in this project, especially in this past week!

My recent meetings with my mentor have gone really well. I’ve progressed from learning simple sticking patterns and 8th note drum beats to more advanced variations of them. For example, I’m working on making the simple sticking patterns more difficult accenting different notes (I need practice accenting notes with my left hand more. As my non-dominant hand, it is weaker, and the accents are too quiet). I’m also making the sticking patterns more advanced by moving around the different drums. For the drum beats, I’ve tried adding ghost notes and also tried the same patterns with 16th notes.

My mentor also helped me to figure out the drum parts to more of the songs the band is hoping to cover!

The family friend who gave me the drum kit found an old amp which he gave to me! Now that I can play out loud instead of only through my headphones, I can upload progress videos!


Over the long weekend, Jian, Jewel, and Amanda came to my house for a photo shoot and our first full practice. We took photos in cool spots around my neighborhood, and Jewel did our makeup for her In-Depth! We got a few weird looks from neighbors walking around in our bright colours and with guitars, but we had too much fun to care!

Our first time playing through the song went really well! It definitely needs some more work, but we’re off to a great start!



1. What went particularly well during your mentoring sessions?

My mentor and I work really well together. He always has a solid plan for the day, and I’m always eager to listen and learn. We are both enjoying teaching/learning through these meetings, which leads to a very positive and productive environment! My mentor also gives me specific skills or songs to look at throughout the week, so I am well prepared for the next lesson to be productive!


2. What relationship challenges did you face?

Thankfully, my mentor and I have gotten along very well! So far, the only issue we’ve had was communicating during the long weekend, as we were both busy.


3. What learning challenges emerged?

My main issues have been trying to play too fast, and my foot not cooperating with me. My mentor often needs to remind me to slow down and really nail the pattern before I speed it up; I just get too excited while playing! I am actively working on playing at a speed that is manageable for my skill level. I am also having some trouble getting the timing right with the kick drum. The only solution to that is to practice slower and build my skills up.




In-Depth 2020 Post #2

In-Depth 2020 has started! Even though In-Depth has only just begun, a lot has happened! I’ve already learned so much and am having fun!

Over semester break, I officially started my project. While in Seattle for a fencing tournament, I visited the Museum of Pop Culture. One of their current exhibitions is the Sound Lab. The sound lab had many intriguing interactive stations, but by far the best were the soundproof practice rooms. My favourite? The one with the drum kit of course! This was the first time I got to play on a kit, a vast improvement on thwacking pillows and chairs in my bedroom! I wasn’t that great, but I think I did really well for my first time every truly playing!

Yesterday, I got my drum kit! It is a Yamaha electronic drum with rubber drum heads,  an old model, but it is still in great condition! It took quite a bit of time to set up, as there were no instructions, but it was all worth it in the end! On Wednesday, I need to purchase headphones with a stereo jack, as that’s the only way to hear the drums without an amp. For now, I am using my normal earbuds with a stereo jack adapter Jian gave me, however the cords are too short and keep getting pulled out.

After setting up my kit, the excitement continued with our band’s first official meeting! Jewel and I met with Jian at her house where we discussed band names, potential songs to cover, our visual and auditory aesthetic, future meetings, and much more. We also created a band Instagram account to document and share our music.

The name we chose was “the lisztomaniacs”! A lisztomaniac is a person who needs to listen to music all the time, which perfectly defines the three of us!

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the lisztomaniacs at their first meeting!


Today was my first mentor meeting! I had an amazing time. My mentor, Norm, is an amazing drummer who has been playing since he was in high school. He currently plays in a local rock band. So far, he has been an amazing teacher and I am really looking forward to next Monday’s meeting to learn more!

We spent the meeting working on proper technique with the drum sticks, and trying some basic drum beats. He also brought some drum music with exercises that help me to learn and read drum music, and also to practice technique. Norm also looked at my drum kit and gave me suggestions on where to place the pads to make them more practical to play. Norm came very prepared, which maximized the lesson time. He brought his own practice pad, so he could play along with me, brought print-outs, and even listened to the band’s possible cover songs and helped me figure out the drum part. He was an amazing teacher, and I can’t wait to learn more from him!

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Overall, I learned a lot about drumming in only one day! I can’t wait to see where more practice will get me!

In-Depth 2020 Post #1

It’s In-Depth time once again!

For my 2020 In-Depth project, I will be learning how to play the drums!

I have wanted to learn to play the drums for years now, and In-Depth is the perfect place to begin chasing this dream.

For my project, I am striving to build a solid drumming foundation by learning the basic skills and techniques required to become a great musician in the future. I will also be helping Jian with her In-Depth project, drumming for her band, which I am beyond excited for.

These next few weeks are very exciting for my project. On January 19th, I am picking up my electric drum kit! I am borrowing it from a family friend whose daughter stopped using it after she moved out. I also get to have my first mentor meeting the last week of January! My mentor is a friend of my dad, an amazing drummer who plays in a rock band. We will be meeting either weekly or bi-weekly, depending on how our schedules line up.

As mentioned before, drumming is something I have wanted to do for a very long time. I have always been drawn the the powerful sound drummers are responsible for, and the concentration and coordination required to succeed. Drumming is also a male-dominated position, which only made me want to peruse it more. My mom played the drums when she was is high school, also, which was a huge inspiration for me. In fact, she was one of the first female drummers in our district which is amazing.

I am thankful my mom played the drums as it was much easier to convince her to let me stick a drum kit the the basement! And since now there are electric drum kits you can adjust the volume of, she can’t stop me from practicing while she is home, like her parents did to her 🙂

I am so excited to to embark upon my 2020 In-Depth journey, and can’t wait to see where this year takes me!

Career Life Education Interview

These are my three main takeaways from my interview with a physiotherapist:

  1. The most important skill you need to become a physiotherapist is to have very good interpersonal skills. You have to really be able to connect with your patients.
  2. There are many different routes you can go in physiotherapy alone. For example, you can go into pediatric physio, neurological physio, sports-recovery, and so much more! There is also the chance to take on management/leadership roles within the clinic.
  3. It can be very hard to get into physiotherapy programs. It is important that even if you do not get accepted the first time to not give up. Many of the physiotherapist’s best classmates got in after multiple attempts.

Introducing Kathrine Switzer

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“Life is for participating, not spectating.”

– Kathrine Switzer

Kathrine Switzer is an author and avid runner who changed the world of women’s sports forever. Switzer was born on January 5th, 1947 in Amberg, Germany and moved to the County of Fairfax, Virginia in 1949. As a teenager, Switzer was busy playing basketball, field hockey, and by running. After transferring to Syracuse University in 1967, she joined the men’s cross-country team as there was no team for women and eventually worked her way up to running at least ten miles a night. Inspired by the stories told by her coach, Arnie Briggs, Kathrine decided she wanted to run the Boston Marathon. At first, Briggs had doubts as women were perceived as too fragile to run long distance, but he knew that knew “If any woman could do it, [Switzer] could”.

Kathrine registered for the marathon under the name ‘K. V Switzer’, gender-neutral so no one would question she was a girl. Arnie, Kathrine’s boyfriend Tom Miller, and her teammate John Leonard also registered to run with her.

At the fourth mile of the marathon, race official, Jock Semple grabbed Kathrine’s shoulder and tried to rip of her race bib yelling at her to “Get the hell out of [his] race and give [him] those numbers!”. Shaken but determined to continue, Kathrine tried to run away from him. Semple would not give up which provoked Tom to body-check him. Tom blamed Kathrine for his actions, saying this would ruin his chances of getting into the Olympics for hammer-throwing. He belittled her for being too weak and slow before running off.

A devastated Kathrine wanted to quit but knew doing so would only mean those rooting for her to fail would win. Kathrine, Arnie, and John all finished the Boston Marathon with a time of four hours and twenty minutes. She had done it; Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon. She proved to the world that women were just as capable as men and opened the door for women everywhere to follow in her footsteps!

And the icing on top? Kathrine finished the race half an hour before Tom.

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Kathrine Switzer, without a doubt, has left a ding in the universe. She fought the sexist stereotypes and proved to the world that women partaking in vigorous exercise could result in them turning into men. She inspired women of all ages to lace up their running shoes and show the world what they could do. She is still inspiring female athletes to this day, almost fifty-two years after her first of thirty-nine marathons. There is no doubt in my mind that her legacy will cease to amazing generations of athletes to come.

As a female athlete myself, I was drawn to Switzer for her courage and dive to show the world women were just as capable as men. Fencing, my sport, leans towards being more male-dominated; I often find myself competing in men’s evens as there aren’t enough women to run a girls-only event. I can relate to Kathrine as I know how frustrating it can be when you are surrounded by mostly men in your sport, and how you feel obligated to prove you are as strong as them, even when the only person telling you that you need to is yourself. I believe that we share the passion and determination to excel in our sports and to prove those who say we can’t wrong.

I cannot wait to continue learning about this incredible woman and hope I do her justice through eminent. My goal for the next step of research is to watch interviews of Switzer and to read her book so I can get an insight into her personality and personal story.




Job Comparisons

  Physiotherapist Architect Veterinarian
Education – Master’s Degree in Physio Therapy

– Undergraduate Degree

– Completion of physiotherapy national exam

– ≈ 7 years

– Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Architecture

– Apprenticeship

– ≈ 5 years

– Two years of Pre-Veterinary study

– Four years of courses in Veterinary Medicine (Five years if you are in Quebec)

– ≈ 6-7 years

Yearly Salary Average ≈ $73, 200

Entry Level ≈ $31, 700

Experienced ≈ $102, 100

Average ≈ $80, 500

Entry Level ≈ $37, 000

Experienced ≈ $138, 700

Average ≈ $79, 000

Entry Level ≈ $24, 250

Experienced ≈ $108, 300

Tasks – Help patients recover from injuries, surgeries, etc.

– Create a treatment plan

– Take care of office duties such as answering phone calls, taking appointments, keeping eqiptment in stalk, cleaning the therapy area, etc.

– Meet with clients

– Estimate building costs

– Draw up designs

– Visit construction sites

– Present designs at public hearings

– Do check-ups/physicals on animals

– Give vaccines

– Treat injuries

– Spay/neuter pets

– Speak with owners

Job Market It is estimated the demand for PTs in BC will increase. It is estimated that the employment of architects will increase by around 8% between 2018 and 2028. It is expected that the employment of veterinarians will increase greatly in coming years.
Hours ≈ 37-40 hours a week

(possibly weekends and evenings, especially when a junior PT or PTA)

≈ 50 hours a week

It is hard to estimate since architects often must work overtime to meet their deadlines.

≈ 50-60 hours a week

Vets often have to work weekends and evenings as pet emergencies can happen at any time.

Interpersonal Relationships – Good communication is essential between PT, team, and patient.

– Develop trust with patient.

– Public speaking is important to present and share plans.

– Must be able to discuss and explain drawings and plans.

– Good communications between pet owners and other vets

– Able to have good relationships with the pets


The Election of 1800 : HamilTALONS Document of Learning

A. Character Development


The song “The Election of 1800” is the 42nd song of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning musical Hamilton, between “It’s Quiet Uptown” and “Your Obedient Servant”. It follows the dramatic events leading up to and during the United States’ seventh presidential election. It focuses primarily on the campaigns of Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, the two candidates most likely to win, as John Adams isn’t well liked during this time. The public continuously pressured Alexander Hamilton into sharing his opinion, however Hamilton is still grieving the loss of his son and wants to stay out of the eyes of the public.

The long, grueling process of campaigning has taken a toll on the candidates, especially on Burr who has taken a more involved approach to his campaign. When all the votes have been submitted, Jefferson and Burr emerge tied. When the outcome of the election is ultimately placed in Hamilton’s hands, he must make the decision to speak up. Due to him not having a particular fondness for either candidate, Hamilton has to make the difficult decision to promote Jefferson, as he believes Burr only cares about himself.

This endorsement puts the final nail in the coffin of Hamiton and Burr’s already shaky relationship, and the effects are clearly displayed in the next song, “Your Obedient Servant”.

Jefferson is surprised by Hamilton’s decision to promote him, but utterly relieved. That is until Burr approaches him. Burr congratulates Jefferson on his win and states he is looking forward to working with him as his vice president, as up until this point, the runner-up would assume that position. Jefferson, not thrilled to be working with his previous competition, and essentially tells Burr to get lost. Jefferson further rubs his victory in by saying he can change the rules; he is the president after all.


  • Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson wants to become president after being the vice-president for the past four years. After receiving advice from James Madison, Jefferson realises he would greatly benefit from the support of Hamilton. However, he is afraid his argumentative past with him has ruined his chances at this.

  • Aaron Burr

Aaron Burr is driven by his drive to become the president. It seems as though the ideals behind his political campaign are in stark contrast with the “talk less, smile more” and “lying in wait” attitude he has taken throughout the previous course of the narrative. He has learned that his previous philosophy hasn’t worked out for him, and takes a more Hamiton-esque approach to his campaign.

  • Alexander Hamilton

During most of “The Election of 1800”, Hamilton is still struggling to cope with his son Philp’s death. He wants to be left alone by the press, who keep pressuring him to pick a side. When he finally does, he must make the decision between two of his political rivals, and ultimately chooses Jefferson. It is clear his is fearful in having a leader who has ‘no beliefs’ and is so secretive of his motives and opinions.  

B. Connections to Historical Elements

Historical Events and Ideas

  • The Election of 1800

The election that took place in 1800 was just as wild, if not more, as is described in the song. In fact, many of the issues that arose during this election caused the rules surrounding presidential elections to be revised for the following election in 1804 with the 12th Amendment (see below). When Jefferson and Burr both received 73 votes each (John Adams receiving 65, Thomas Pinckney receiving 64, and Jon Jay [who was not actually running] receiving 1), the House of Representatives were to make the tie breaking decision. They were unable to reach a consensus for a long time. Eventually, things began to look like Burr would be the winner, however Hailton’s endorsement came right before the vote and helped secure Jefferson’s spot as president.   

  • The 12th Amendment

Up until the Election of 1800, each of 138 members of the Electoral College would cast two votes. The candidate who received the most votes would become the president, and the runner-up would become the vice president. However, the voters could not specify which candidate they wanted for vice president, and which they wanted for vice president. This quickly became an issue as more political views began to surface, resulting in politicians who were just campaigning against each other now having to work alongside one another to run a country. The 12th Amendment allowed there to be separate elections for president and vice president which helped to decrease the previous issue.

  • The Burr-Hamilton Duel

I will not be going into too much detail with this as it isn’t explicitly mentioned in “The Election of 1800”, but it is important to touch on this subject. Hamitlon’s decision to endorse Jefferson, “a man he’s despised since the beginning” (Burr in “Your Obedient Servant”) is seen as an act of betrayal by Burr. This moment is what pushed Burr over the edge and pathed the way for their duel to come.

Socials Curriculum (Big Idea)

  • Disparities in power alter the balance between individuals and between societies.

It can be seen through “The Election of 1800” that preexisting influence can have a big impact on current situations. Hamilton was well respected before the Reynolds Pamphlet was published, and his influence carried even through the scandal. His position of leadership was essentially the deciding factor of the election’s outcome.

We can also see disparities in power through the way votes were submitted. There were only 138 members of the Electoral College; only 138 decisions for a whole population. It is impossible to deny that the outcome could have been much different if only every American citizen had the ability to vote. This is still an issue that is being dealt with today, for example when it comes to felons and ex-felons in the United States; who should be allowed to vote and make decisions for us?

C. Thematic and Personal Connections


I like that Aaron Burr!

I can’t believe we’re here with him!

He seems approachable?

Like you could grab a beer with him!

The American Revolution was in many ways about getting away from the monarchy and having a say in the leaders of the country. The people could now choose who they wanted as president, and had the power to take their power away if they began to abuse it.

Now that there were elections, there had to be campaigning. Aaron Burr is often referred to as the ‘father of political campaigning’. Not only was he running as candidate that people could choose to vote for, he was making an effort to get to go out and mingle with regular people and to hear their concerns.

America was making a shift from absolute monarchy, to regular people getting a chance to lead, and an opinion on who should or shouldn’t be running the country.


[James Madison]

Hamilton’s on your side!


Without a king, people had the freedom to express their own political views. Though this was a good thing, it also caused more conflict between multiple parties within the same country. The fighting between these different groups was something new the young nation never had to deal with while under King George’s rule.

However, these different parties had to learn to put their differences aside when necessary, for example Hamilton, a Federalist, having to choose between two Democratic Republicans.

The American Revolution gave people more freedom, but also put more responsibility on their shoulders to make sacrifices and do what was right for the group as a whole.


[Aaron Burr]

It’s 1800; Ladies,

Tell your husbands, vote for Burr!

The American Revolution allowed for the disenfranchised to stand up for their rights. One of the most notable was that women were starting to fight for their equal treatment. Though this line may not seem like the most feminist thing to say, but it was definatly an improvement for the time. Since women weren’t allowed to vote in America until 1920, Burr suggesting they give their political opinions to their husbands was unheard of.

The American Revolution was not only an oppressed group of people fighting against their oppressors, it was the minorities of that oppressed group finding their voices too.


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