Faculty Member's Passion Intertwined with Student Experience

Faculty Member's Passion Intertwined with Student Experience

At WT, faculty and students alike do what they love and love why they do it.

Across many disciplines, WT was integral to Upper School Performing Arts teacher John Maione's latest release, Heart Songs. From the cover design to an ensemble performance on one of the tracks, WT's mark is woven throughout the album.

Students in Digital Art presented proposals for the cover design. The winning design, by sophomore Margaret Balich, incorporated photos of Maione and his grandchildren, Gianna and Alexander, and their artwork. Because Maione's granddaughter Gianna played such an important role in the album, Margaret thoughtfully proposed that the CD title, song numbers, and titles be in Gianna's handwriting, which Margaret then incorporated into the design.

Maione also incorporated his students into several other parts of the album-making process through City as Our Campus experiences. The 2012-2013 Jazz Band is featured on "Who is that Bob Guy?," which was recorded at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild.

In addition, students in Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), an Upper School Performing Arts elective, observed John's recording of "Rainbow Sherbert Kisses," "Miracle Boy," "Good Morning, Bright Eyes," "Good Boogie," and "Or What?" at Mr. Small's Recording Studio last year. During one session, sophomore Leon Sleator recorded piano and percussion parts to add to his computer compositions.

Ultimately, these City as Our Campus experiences led to a new elective, Music, Technology, and the Recording Experience. In this elective, students learn to use the computer and piano keyboard to compose, notate, analyze, and improvise music, and gain hands-on experience in a major recording studio.

To learn more about City as Our Campus, visit winchesterthurston.org/cityasourcampus.

The CD will be released on April 12, 2018, and will be available through all digital outlets, and on disc through CD Baby, Amazon, and through the artist directly. For more information contact John Maione at jjmaione@aol.com or through Facebook.