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String camp and journalists create harmony during video shoot

June 17, 2015


Workshop campers take part in filming and gathering materials for stories at the NKU String Camp

In hopes to gather footage of young instrumentalists with their bows in action, four aspiring high school journalists trudged their way across the concrete jungle packing their production gear to their main destination- the Fine Arts building.

NKU’s String Project became a home for many young children, between the ages of 8 and 13, who wished to learn more about new techniques that could improve their performance of their instrument of choice.

Hannah Brandell, senior at Mount Notre Dame High School, who had her video camera in hand, opted to interview Dr. Holly Attar, the Director of NKU’s Music Preparatory Department, in order to showcase the influence that the camp had on its participants.

“When we talked to Holly Attar, she talked about how instead of just teaching them about music theory, music history, and different techniques, she would try to build their character and teach them how to be motivated and [how to have] self-discipline.”

Despite the fact that the summer violin camper’s ambitions differentiated from the aspirations of the young journalists within their own camp, the likenesses were still apparent.

Brandell discovered indications of these connections through the lens during her interviews with the children.

“Their camp was similar [to the journalism camp] because they had everyone in one group where they could do things together, but they also divided them into smaller groups and gave them more personal attention,” said Brandell, “which I found [out] from one of the campers because she really liked it when they were just with the teacher because then she got the feedback that she really needed.”

And even though the journalists had dysfunctional tripod experiences, they still managed to successfully obtain material that would benefit their videos.

Both Charlie Goldsmith, junior at The Seven Hills School, and Brianna Jones, junior at Walnut Hills High School, achieved their goals of capturing the perfect shots by dropping to their knees and even resorting to lying on the floor.

Rachel Daddieh, senior at Lakota West, pushed herself to go above and beyond the expectations to produce an article and video that could put her readers in her shoes, almost as if they could envision that they were there.

“It’s nerve-wracking because it’s like, my work is out there,” said Daddieh. “You need to make it the best you can make it, especially since you aren’t given a lot of time. Usually projects are given days or even a deadline in a week and we just have an hour or two, but we still got it done.”

“The best part about today was just going to this other camp and actually learning about what’s happening in their camp and just seeing the kids happy and learning the classical instruments,” Daddieh said.

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