Ruth Goldberg Project

The Melody Maker —

Step 1: The ball is thrown, hitting the domino (An Example of Mechanical Energy)

Step 2: The domino hits the fan, The fan turns on. (The fan turning on is an example of Electrical Energy)

Step 3: The ball rolls down, there is a string attached to the ball. The string is attached to the ramp.

Step 4: The ramp moves down and the car slides down. (An example of Gravitational Energy)

Step 5: The Car rolls down and hits the glass creating a sound. (with more glasses it would create a melody)

Mechanical Energy: The energy of a moving object

Electrical Energy: The energy of travelling electrons

Gravitational Energy: The energy an object has above the surface.

My ultimate goal for this project was to create a melody using glasses for the different pitches, The project alone doesn’t seem like much but with multiple machines using different glasses it would create a melody.


In groups of 2-3 we watched a Ted-Talk video about Biotech, and made a PowerPoint about it

Solution Fluency Powerpoint

What will humans look like in 100 years?

Ethics Planning Sheet:


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Matthews, W. (2012, May-June). Bionic reality: prosthetic advances turn science fiction into reality and bring hope to injured warriors. The Officer, 88(3), 24+. Retrieved from


Community Connections

Music (Vocals specifically) has always been my passion, I wish to explore a career in music and performing arts, so for my community connections project I wanted to interview someone in the field of music. I decided to interview my vocal coach Margo Levae. She is a vocal training teacher at Tri-City School of music. Her Website 

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These are some of the questions that I asked her: 

Why are you passionate about your job?


Her Reply: It’s more than just loving music–although I suppose that’s how I got to where I am. I love people and music. Truth be told, I don’t listen to most of the music I prepare in class with my students because we are working to their specific skills and music preferences and I have my own personal taste. But, even if I’m not blown away by the chosen song, I am always interested in my student’s interpretation, their unique sound, their talents and their obstacles. I love the humanity I get to experience teaching private lessons.


What obstacles have you faced to get you where you are today


Her Reply: There were some obstacles, but mostly there were tough choices. I fell in love with an expensive art form. Training a classical singer takes a long time and is very expensive. Money didn’t grow on anything when I aw as kid, least of all on post-secondary-education-trees. But I made it and I wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s like that in any genre of a music career; time is money and money is time. So, if you need to make money to live and spend time learning your craft, you will always have to let one thing win.


What advice would you pass on to someone interested in what you are doing


Her Reply: Minor or double major in Business/Commerce/Law: You need more practical skills than you do talent in today’s entertainment industry.

Learn how to write grants for promotion of your work, recording, touring, etc. Grant money gives you time to become a better artist and further your career.

Live your life fully. Travel. Work a good old fashioned blue collar job. Fall in love: You need life experience to be a great artist.

You need to be hungry: If you don’t eat, sleep, and dream about it, you don’t want it bad enough.

Consider every opportunity a moment to prove yourself. Work harder than everyone around you. Always.


What education is required for the field you work in?


Her Reply: Well, for teaching there are many types of qualifications, degrees and certificates.

For performing, you are wise to look at a performing arts school or recording arts academy.

But seriously: major or minor in business. You need real world, paper pushing, contract negotiating, money managing, money raising, head and shoulders above your competition, life skills 🙂


Other then your job what other opportunity/jobs are there in your field?


Her Reply: Well, I worked a lot in Arts/Theatre Administration. Managed a box office for awhile. I worked as a performer, teacher, too. The opportunities are endless when you adapt your business/organization skills to each opportunity you take.

Don’t think of the ‘job’ you can get. You’ll be miserable just doing a ‘job’ for the rest of your life. You need passion for what you do with your energy!

Think of how resourceful you can be, What you love about project management, what skills you think you need to learn, Who you want to be your mentor, etc. Ask yourself questions about where you want to go, not where you want to stay.

Conclusion and thoughts: I think that Margo’s responses were extremely inspirational, not only for me but also for other musicians. I now have an idea of what steps I should take in order to achieve my goals as a musician. I have already started digging into more research about performing arts and business for my higher education like she suggested. Margo has inspired me a lot.


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