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Every year, students of Broadway Productions Music Studio work hard to put on a Christmas recital. This year due to COVID-19, they were unable to put on their annual concert. Claudie and I are both students of the studio and recently have both started working with Brilliant Labs. When it came to decide on a christmas project, the first thing that came to mind was a virtual christmas concert. We talked with Irma Mulherin (my mom), the owner of Broadway Productions, about the idea and she agreed to partner with Brilliant Labs and make something possible for the students. Lots of work was put into preparing for the concert. As we were unable to have all kids together in the studio we planned a week where we would record each and every student during their private lesson time and later edited them together as one concert. To make the recording day feel more like a concert, we decided to make a backdrop out of crafts. We had a few kids from Madis Friends Daycare who made snowflake crafts with Claudie and JP Bouchard, and his family, made Christmas trees out of recycled wood pallets and leftover, donated, paint. During this project, I had the chance to work with Dax DubĂŠ, a 5 year old student with autism who shows a great interest in music. He created his own piano that we then connected to the Makey Makey featured in the concert. We also had a great time connecting the Makey Makey with spoons and bananas. During the concert, we decided to incorporate a challenge for the students, family and friends. They had a week to make an ornament out of recyclables around the house. Each student that created their own ornament had their name put in a draw to win a Makey Makey. To date, the concert has received over 750 views and was greatly appreciated by students and families. Thank you to Brilliant Labs and Broadway Productions for making this incredible project possible.

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