G10 Service As Action Reflection

This year, one prominent act of service that I continued throughout the year, was voluntarily and actively helping aspiring music producers refine their work online. I did this on many different online platforms and in a multitude of different online music communities.

  1. How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?
    1. In listening to the work of many musicians new to the art and also those simply trying to improve their already strong producing skills, my own growth as a producer came into perspective. I came to enhance my understanding of my strengths and weaknesses by exposing myself to a lot of new music, all of which I had to examine through a very critical lens. This obviously led to insights which I then implemented into my own work.
  2. How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?
    1. As not only a musician but also a hobbyist writer, I often struggled with communicating my criticisms over effectively, in a way that was highly lucid but also in a way that showed that I valued their hard work and dedication; being respectful of their emotions. Constantly providing critical feedback also proved to be difficult, as it tested my own knowledge and understanding of music and art as a whole.
  3. How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?
    1. To set up this service, I first had to become a member of a number of online musician communities. After doing this, depending on the server, I would then have to acquire the necessary rights to become qualified to provide feedback for others. This involved proving dedication and activity, liaising with the founders of those communities, etc. I evaluated the activity based on my history with it in the past – historically, my feedback has been very well received by my peers, and proved to be a valuable asset in their own development as musicians. I also noted that this was a service that I particularly enjoyed doing, as it helped both myself and my peers grow in a field that we are passionate about.
  4. How did you persevere in action?
    1. There were, naturally, many times where I found it inconvenient or not ideal to provide feedback, simply because I had other engagements at the time or was not particularly keen on it. However, as time is precious, I thought it would be unfair for me to keep my peers waiting, as every moment they spent waiting for me to return a message was a moment they could have spent revising their work.
  5. How did you work collaboratively with others?
    1. Quite obviously, I worked collaboratively with others in that I collaborated with other musicians in helping them improve their works. Doing so required that I intimately inserted myself into the work of others, and collaboratively built on what they had achieved so far.
  6. How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?
    1. In doing this service, I was exposed to a colourful array of genres from different backgrounds, cultures, etc. I also interacted with people from a similarly colourful array of backgrounds and cultures in the form of dialogue.
  7. How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?
    1. I considered the implications of my actions thoroughly and frequently, particularly by using how my feedback was received, and by measuring the improvement in the quality of work produced.