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Weekly Reflection Blog #2

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What to say? For the rest of the mentors this week featured their first breakout
session; this was not the case for the music mentors. I did attend the practicum class for the
first time. It is a surreal experience sitting in a class that I took four years ago, especially
since it is the course that fostered my academic interest in music. I found myself extremely
eager to participate in class as a student, rather than an as a mentor (though I have not yet
comfortably defined what that role entails).
Dr. Bicks first two lectures focussed on the nature of critical thought, and how to
speak about art and music critically. The first few lectures often force one or two brave
students to make the comparison of music to emotion (when I took the course I was one of
those sophomoric individuals). Of the two students who fell into Dr. Bicks trap, one student
(MG) treated the experience as a challenge and continued participating throughout the class;
the other student (TL) did not. I spoke to the second student after class and shared my
experience in Music History and Literature I (for the first two months every time I opened my
mouth in that class I was wrong), and encouraged her to continue participating in class. Class
participation is the most important part of my learning process; I worry that I may give a
mentee the wrong studying advice if they have a different learning style. TL participated in
the following class, delivering the desired to Dr. Bick (and it was a hard one), it made me
happy.
In the second lecture I heard many students whispering about the lecture material (the
Recital Hall is an acoustically dead space, people whispering around you sound as if they are
speaking at the volume as the lecturer), often points that could have contributed to the larger
discussion at hand. I think some students may fear that they do not have anything to
contribute, so rather than raising their hand, they whisper to their neighbour. I find myself

empathising with them (if that is the case), as I often fear that my ideas are not good
enough.
This weeks moment of irony occurred when I read chapter 2 of the Curricular Peer
Mentoring Handbook. Chapter 2 had anecdotes from former peer mentors, many dealing with
their fears surrounding their eligibility and ability to be peer mentors. Sometimes I think I am
way less predictable than I actually am.