Transcript: Piano Tutor | Nov 17, 2002

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A capital V letter rotates inside a bold silver circle in the middle of the screen. A series of images show girls and boys talking to a homeless man, feeding an elderly woman, helping a little girl get into a pool, walking a dog, taking care of a rabbit, instructing an old man on how to use a computer and walking in line as they speak. The title appears on screen: “V Circle. Teens who volunteer.”
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A slate on screen introduces Michelle, 20 years old, who volunteers at the Woodgreen Neighbourhood Health Centre as a Piano Instructor. She has short straight dark hair tied in a ponytail. She wears a purple shirt, glasses and small rounded earrings.

Michelle says
I'M A VOLUNTEER.
I TEACH PIANO AT WOODGREEN
COMMUNITY CENTRE.
I'VE BEEN TAKING PIANO SINCE
I WAS NINE AND A HALF.
THIS COMMUNITY CENTRE IS
IN AN UNDERPRIVILEGED AREA.
SOME OF THESE CHILDREN,
THEIR PARENTS CAN'T AFFORD
PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS,
SO IT GIVES THEM
AN OPPORTUNITY TO
LEARN MUSIC.

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Next, Michelle appears on screen instructing a kid who on how to read music and play the piano.

Michelle says
STARTS WITH AN H.
HALF-NOTE.
RIGHT, HALF-NOTE, SO IF
THIS IS IN 3 QUARTERS TIME,
HOW MANY BEATS
DOES THIS NOTE HAVE?

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Michelle continues
SOME OF THE STUDENTS HAVE
HAD A MUSICAL BACKGROUND
AND SOME OF THEM DON'T.
SOME OF THEM ARE
VERY EAGER TO LEARN,
SO I TRY TO MAKE IT
AS FUN AS POSSIBLE
SO I CAN GET THEM
INTO MUSIC.

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As she speaks, a video shows a boy stretching his arms and fingers.

Michelle says
USUALLY I TELL THEM TO
JUST RELAX A BIT FIRST
BEFORE YOU START, SO SIT FOR
30 SECONDS, WIGGLE AROUND,
WHATEVER MAKES THEM
COMFORTABLE BEFORE THEY
START SO THEY'RE
ALL RELAXED.
IT'S A LOT OF FUN.
YOU GET TO PASS ON YOUR
KNOWLEDGE TO OUR STUDENTS.
YOU SEE THEM BEFORE AND
WHERE THEY ARE NOW.
THEY RUN TO THEIR
PARENTS AFTER A LESSON
AND SAY, LOOK,
MOM OR LOOK, DAD.
LOOK WHAT I CAN DO.

The kid plays a simple song by the piano.

Michelle says
EVERY FRIDAYS I BOOK OFF TIME
AND THAT'S FOR PIANO TEACHING.
YOU GET TO MEET NEW
PEOPLE, DO LOTS OF THINGS,
ENRICH YOUR LIFE AND YOU GET TO
HELP OTHER PEOPLE AS WELL.

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The end credits roll.

A production of TVOntario.

The Ontario Educational Communications Authority, 2002.

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