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Across the U.S., students embark on personally-fulfilling musical journeys as schools and society push them into paths toward economic growth. Carry the Tune shows that leaving school does not require giving up one’s musical passion.
Across the U.S., students embark on personally-fulfilling musical journeys as schools and society push them into paths toward economic growth. Carry the Tune shows that leaving school does not require giving up one’s musical passion.
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An enormous amount of individual work goes into the study of music, and teachers work tirelessly to encourage a lifelong learning of music in their students.  Yet researchers and music educators estimate that only 10-20% of students are actually continuing their musical studies after high school.  Many students quit simply because they aren't aware of the many ways to continue.

This documentary seeks to reveal those ways of continuing musical study after high school by following college students and adults who have done so.  In addition to traditional ensembles, we will explore other examples of avocational music-making, such as jam sessions, a cappella groups, chamber music, and laptop orchestras.  We intend to show that it is possible and even profoundly enjoyable to stay involved with music without necessarily majoring in it or making a career out of it. We will also examine the skewed value that our society places on music and how that impacts students' decisions about their futures.

We expect to finish the documentary and begin distribution by September.  Your contribution will help us impact as many people as possible, especially high school students and teachers.

About Us

High school students have been involved in the making of this documentary every step of the way, discovering not only musical opportunities, but also the process of filmmaking. Together, we have first-hand experience with musical study during and after high school, professionally and non-professionally, in a wide range of forms and styles.  We have a thorough plan for the documentary, though we also understand the importance of flexibility to accommodate the stories of our subjects and what we learn from them as we film.

We already have quite a bit of footage of high school students and interviews with experts, and we're beginning our filming of college students who are continuing with music, both majors and non-majors.

Paul Trapkus (Producer, Director) directs the orchestras at Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colorado. He studied violin performance and music education at the University of Michigan and has always had a strong interest in filmmaking.  He is a true believer in the value of lifelong musical learning and devotes most of his work to helping students discover their own musical paths.  With his busy schedule of teaching orchestra and other music classes, playing in the Boulder Philharmonic and Boulder Chamber Orchestra, maintaining a private studio, writing music, practicing violin, and making a documentary, he no longer sleeps or eats.

Elizabeth Potter (Co-Director) is a junior at Silver Creek High School. She plays in the school's orchestra and takes violin lessons from Paul Trapkus. She plans to pursue music, film, and writing in college. She has been an avid film and music lover for as long as she can remember and is extremely excited and honored to be able to work on this project. Being in a school orchestra, Elizabeth sees too many senior classmates quit their musical endeavors soon after high school. She hopes that Carry the Tune will help those classmates pursue music even further.

Kelvin DuVal (Camera Operator) is a senior at Silver Creek High School and will be attending film school at Santa Fe University next fall. He is an amateur filmmaker and participated in the film camp at New York Film Academy last year. He has extensive experience as a cameraman and photographer and is also very interested in music. In fact, working on this project has introduced Kelvin to the world of classical music, which he is now very fond of.

Why We Need Your Help

Filmmaking is expensive. Aside from equipment and travel, the hidden costs of a documentary include location permits, music licenses, and insurance. Thankfully, we've been able to keep costs low by borrowing school equipment and doing unpaid work ourselves.  The amount we're asking for is the minimum we would need to turn this project into a professional, powerful documentary.  We hope there are enough people out there who support this cause to help offset these costs!

On Kickstarter, if we don't reach our fundraising goal by the deadline, we get none of the contributions. We can reach our goal if everyone who reads this donates something. We need you to make this happen!  With your help, we will meet our goal and show people all over the country that there is a place in their lives for personal growth and fulfillment through music.

About SCOPA

(Your contribution is tax deductible!)

SCOPA (Silver Creek Organization for the Performing Arts) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is receiving the funds for this Kickstarter campaign. While SCOPA benefits all performing arts at Silver Creek High School, the money you donate through this Kickstarter project will be spent solely on the expenses for this documentary. Learn more about SCOPA at http://scopanews.org

Risks and challenges

Making a documentary of this scale is a first for us, but we've also been scrupulous in studying and reading about this process and getting advice from people who have a lot of experience with it. We're confident we have the tools, knowledge, and passion to make a professional-looking documentary that has a powerful impact. We are very enthusiastic about this topic and filmmaking and are devoting a lot of time and energy into making this project the best it can possibly be within our budget. We are learning new things every day about this topic and about filmmaking, and we think that's an important part of the fun and educational value of this project.

Every project comes with the risk of unexpected challenges. For example, obstacles could arise that may delay our filming. If we somehow find that we don't have all the footage we need by the end of the school year, we can do extra filming over the summer. This is unlikely though, and if we continue at our current rate, we will easily be able to finish filming by the end of the school year, allowing us to edit over the summer and show you the finished product by September or sooner.

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