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Rabia Khan

Sunday, April 15, 2018

My Musical Story: Personal Connections with Music Hi I’m Rabia, I was born and raised in Ajax, Ontario. I am of Pakistani descent… I do not have much knowledge about my culture because I am a 2 nd generation Canadian, so unfortunately I do not speak or understand Urdu fluently. The most recent experience where I have encountered music was during dance practice for my friend’s upcoming wedding. We usually meet during Wednesday nights and practice


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

snippets of several different well known Bollywood songs that are put together to form a dance melody. The practice is at Mehak’s house (the bride-to-be) and goes on from 9pm till midnight. I was a bit hesitant to join her dance group because I’m not good at free styling but because it’s choreography I’m fine with that. Also, since I can’t understand some of the lyrics it’s hard to match the dance move to the lyric. There are about 5 girls and 2 guys. There are songs for just couples, just guys, just girls, and everyone. I really enjoy dance practice and take it very seriously because I want to do the best that I can. It’s fun and liberating and we always have a bunch of laughs, and we are quite supportive of one another. It’s made my group stronger than ever. I would say that my musical interests are all over the place! I grew up listening to mostly female artists such as Britney Spears, the Spice Girls, Aqua, Christina Aguilera, etc… then I started listening to more hip-hop like Usher and the Black Eyed Peas. I had a punk-rock phase in high school and loved bands like Green Day, Panic! At The Disco, or Fall Out Boy. Now I listen to mainstream stuff like Drake, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, G-Eazy, Halsey, Camilla Cabello or anything electronic (EDM) such as Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers, DVBBs, DJ Snake etc… I guess I pretty much like everything from pop – rock, to hip-hop and rap, but I can safely say I do not enjoy country music at all and most slow songs. Although, Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” is the only exception. I pretty much know the basics of music such as the terminology, the different notes, I can somewhat play the piano – I’m better at playing it by ear than by reading the notes, I have played the harp before and find it much easier than playing the piano, I have taken classical singing so I know how to sing along with each note and can even dance with the tempo of the music. I have taken many music courses at York University apart from Piano and Classical Singing for Non-


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Majors. Bollywood Music, the History of Rock & Roll, and Musical Theory are some of the ones that I can remember, so I have quite a bit of knowledge and know-how from each of those courses. I want to know how to play the piano efficiently and how to read and process the notes quickly so that I can play and sing along meticulously. I’m very slow at playing the piano because I am not able to find the notes quickly, I just want to learn how I can improve that. I am really excited to be here because I am such a big fan of the arts! I especially enjoy music as you can see from all the courses I have taken in the past. I taught a Gr. 3 music class during my placement and would like to learn more about how to teach music and make it fun and exciting for students. I want to learn about new songs and activities and how I can incorporate music into other subject areas as well. My mom and uncle really influenced my some of my musical experiences. I know so many 80s songs and groups because of them. Queen and Depeche Mode are my favourite bands from that era. Any time my cousins throw a sleepover we end up singing karaoke, my go-to song is “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen because it is the only song I know by heart and I love letting loose and playing air-guitar wildly. My most memorable musical experience is when I went to see my favourite boyband “Big Time Rush” (who also have a TV show with the same name on Nickelodeon) in concert 3 times within the same year. They did a winter tour all around North America and followed up with a Summer tour. I ended up getting VIP tickets for all three events and was front row and center. I even got to meet them for each event, I would say those were the best 3 days of my life! They performed at the Air Canada Centre, The Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, and the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario. I really enjoyed the fact that they remembered me from the first


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

concert and even acknowledged my t-shirt while they were taking a break between acts. One of the members even gave me a kiss on the cheek! I ended up going to the concert with my cousin, she was only going for the opening act who happened to be the boyband “One Direction”. But by the end of the concert she became a big fan of “Big Time Rush”. Those concerts really made me fall in love with music to the point where I even considered becoming a singer/actress. I put my dreams of aspiring to be famous aside for now to focus on my teaching career. I don’t seem to recall any negative experiences with music, I think the only thing I can think of is when I first created my YouTube channel and started posting up my song covers, I got a bit of negative feedback but it didn’t faze me or offend me in any way because I got a lot of support and positive vibes from everyone I love. I stopped making videos due to my hectic school/work life but I plan to continue to make more when I get the chance. I vaguely remember singing in a choir from grades 1-3 then after that I went to a private school from grades 4-7 and the arts were replaced with religion classes instead. In grade 8, when I went back to a public school the music class was divided into two groups… those that knew how to play instruments and those that didn’t. I didn’t play any instruments prior to grade 8 so I had to be a part of the vocal group and sing when I really wanted to play an instrument instead. I think I told some of my music professors this story because they wanted to know my musical background. I want to be a fun and exciting music teacher who creates a positive and inclusive environment for all. My prior knowledge can allow me to succeed in this class because I can aid my fellow group members during the assigned tasks that are laid out for us.

My Musical Story  

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My Musical Story  

Learn about my musical journey and how far I've come!

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