What I’m Loving

Happy Valentines Day! I am currently single, so I don’t have any special person as my valentine, but that is okay. This is my last semester in college, and I am happy to be able to focus on school and preparing for my future career.

Killer Harmony | February 2017 Favorites | In the spirit of Valentines Day, I decided to write a post about my favorite things. I have some shows, restaurants and other random favorites!

In the spirit of Valentines Day, I decided to write a post about some of the things that I am loving at the moment. I have different shows, food and more on this list! I hope you have a great holiday and maybe you learned about a cool new product to try or show to watch!

Switched at Birth

This show has been on and off the air for awhile, but it just came back a few weeks ago. I have made the effort to catch up on episodes at home since I don’t have cable in my dorm, but you can watch all of the previous episodes on Netflix.

The show is great at exploring diversity, and there are different characters, so everyone can relate to someone on the show. There are also quite a few deaf characters, so sign language is common. It’s a great motivator to actually watch the show instead of being on Twitter at the same time!

A Series of Unfortunate Events

These were some of my favorite books as a kid, and a new series was just released on Netflix last month! I binge-watch all of the episodes in a couple of days. Neil Patrick Harris plays Count Olaf, the series villain. Also, Patrick Warburton (Kronk from the Emperor’s New Groove) is the narrator.

The entire season is eight hour long episodes, so you don’t need a ton of time to watch it. If you love mysteries, light horror or reliving your childhood, this show is for you.

Popeyes

I’m not a huge fan of fried chicken, but I love Popeyes! They have awesome chicken tenders with amazing breading! I also love their mashed potatoes, and the biscuits are to die for!

I make sure to fill my Popeyes craving every time I go home, because my college town isn’t lucky enough to have one. But it’s definitely one of my top favorite restaurants.

KFC just can’t compete!

My Schedule

I really lucked out with my class schedule this semester. All of my classes happen in the afternoon, so I can ease into the day most of the time.

I do like to get out early and practice music when I can, that way it’s not hanging over me. Music is not something that stresses me out, but it still takes time, and I like to make a dent in the requirement when I can.

My Job

Last semester, I started working as an opinion writer for my school’s paper. I am able to go to weekly meetings then write my weekly opinion piece on my own time (before the deadline, of course!).

I’ve also met some people through the paper, and I love getting to express my thoughts and get paid! I know that not all colleges pay their student writers, but if you like to write, it’s worth looking into!

So…

What are your current favorites? Have you tried anything on this list? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter (@HannahHaefele)!

Thanks for reading!

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Q&A: March 2016

So, even though I don’t have a huge audience, and even though I have yet to receive questions about me or this blog or my life, I thought I would write a post interviewing myself about things that are relevant to me and my blog. I hope you like it or find interesting!

Q: When and why did you start this blog?
A: Well, this was not actually my first blog. I had another one that is not up anymore, and I wanted a blog that could be more broad. I started this blog under the name It’s Mixed Arts. I came up with that name a long time ago. It was my then-current email account name, and I was interested in blogging about more than just music. I have since realized that music and life as a music major should be the sole focus of my blog. I changed the name to Killer Harmony in January 2016. I plan on blogging for a long time, but my schedule might not always allow me to post twice a week. I hope to continue at least once a week. Twice when I can.
Q: What exactly is your major?
A: My major is music performance. I have a focus in flute. I am also attempting to pursue a Spanish minor next year, but it might be difficult considering I am supposed to graduate next spring. (Eek!)
Q: Where do you go to school?
A: I would rather not say my location exactly, but I go to a small state school in the middle of the country. #NOTaflyoverstate
Q: What are your school’s requirements for a music major? Are they standard?
A: I am required to take four semesters of music theory and ear training and sight singing classes. I would have had to take four semesters of group piano, but I passed out of all four semesters. I also have to take lessons each semester and perform in both large and small ensembles each semester. I have to take marching bad in the fall. I take wind ensemble all year and flute choir all year. I also will be taking basic conducting this fall. As a performance major, I must complete a junior and a senior recital. Then there is a whole list of general education courses. My university is accredited by the NASM, so I would say the requirements are standard.
Q: Do you play anything besides flute?
A: I can also play some auxiliary flutes, such as piccolo, alto and bass flutes. I can work my way around recorder. I can also play piano, clarinet, saxophone, and a little oboe.
Q: How much do you practice a day?
A: It varies depending on my schedule. I try to get at least 1.5 hours on flute and 30-45 minutes on piano as those are the instruments I take lessons for. I don’t have time to practice much else. I also try and do some piccolo for 30 of not every day, every other day. Sometimes, I will have been able to play for 3+ hours of flute per day. It really depends.
Q: Do you live on or off campus?
A: I live on campus in an upperclassman single dorm. I like the convenience, but the size of my university doesn’t lend itself to the best of options when it comes to on campus food. I’m a picky eater, so I would love if I could cook my own food instead of having to eat at the cafeteria. I will probably get an apartment in the next couple of years, though.
Q: Do you drive in your college town?
A: I don’t really find it necessary. I can walk to the pharmacy and grocery stores easily, and I have friends who could give me a ride if I needed to go farther. I might bring my car down in the future, but right now, I don’t miss it.
Q: What are your post college plans?
A: I would love to start teaching lessons privately, possibly in my college town. I am considering a graduate degree in music from my same university. Since I transferred from a community college, I would like to stay at my school for another couple years for a fuller experience.
Q: What do you see happening with this blog as part of your future?
A: right now, the only time that I have enough time to devote to blogging is during school breaks and during the weekends. I am on spring break pre-writing content for the rest of the semester, and depending on things, I might be cutting back to one post per week instead of two. I’m not sure for how long, but I want to create high quality content rather than high quantity.
Well, there you have it. Some questions and answers about me, my life, and my blog. I hope you enjoyed it! I am working on more to come!
Thanks for reading!

Blogging on the Go: How I Do It

We live in a very On-The-Go society. Everyone always has somewhere to be, and we are rarely in the same place for a full day. That is why many people have come to love their smartphone and tablets, because they allow us to stay connected to others no matter where we are. Whether we are on opposite sides of the room or opposite sides of the world, we are able to keep in touch. This is important since group projects are becoming more popular. I, Hannah Haefele, am the sole owner of this blog, but I love being able to write something and post it for the world to see. I love being a part of the world of social media. But since I don’t really have a central office where I do all of my work, I love my iPad and iPhone, especially for using the Internet. For this post, I want to tell you all about how I use my iPad and iPhone to keep up with not only my blog, but all of my social media outlets from blogging, to Twitter to my sheet music website through a site called MusicaNeo.

IPAD
I love using my iPad Mini to work on my blog. When I am writing a post, I use the Blogger app (free on the App Store, probably free on Google Play). The app has a nice, simple layout. The compose screen in the app is very simple and clean. You just have the option for Bold or Italics, a camera button, and the “Done” button, and the onscreen keyboard unless you decide to use an external keyboard. I, personally have never felt the need for one. This post was drafted in Blogger.
If I need to put the final touches on a post, I use the Blogger website on either Safari or another browser called Puffin. The app costed me about four US dollars, and I have had the app for quite a long time, so I am not sure of the price now, but for me, the cost is totally worth it. With Puffin, you are able to bypass the “mobile” restrictions found in Safari. It even has the option of enabling an onscreen mouse/trackpad within the app. I use Safari to check my MusicaNeo site, and I use Puffin via Dropbox if I need to upload a new piece of music on the go.
For other forms of social media, like Facebook and Twitter, I use their native apps.
 
IPHONE
If I happen to not have my iPad with me, which is rare since it fits in a small purse, I will use my iPhone to do anything quick when it comes to my blog. I usually won’t write full posts on my iPhone, but I might edit them or schedule a post to go up. If I do anything with my blog on my iPhone, I will use that same apps and websites as on my iPad. I prefer my iPhone to my iPad for checking Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I like viewing them on a smaller screen for some reason.
 
As I said before, we live in a very connected world. We all have places to be, and we don’t always have the time to sit down for a long period of time at a desk and write a blog post or do whatever type of work it is that you do. Tablets and smartphones are a great way to help us get things done. I hope you enjoyed reading about how I manage my blog and social media.
Thanks for reading!

You can download the apps I mentioned here, all are free unless otherwise stated:
iOS:
Blogger
Puffin Browser Pro ($3.99)
Puffin Web Browser

Google Play:
Blogger
Puffin Web Browser

 

What I’m Thankful For

My family-and their support of my goals in life
My friends
My musical talents and inclinations
My pets
Access to food and water
A place to call home
A roof over my head and a place to sleep each night
My work ethic
Many other things…

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments or tweet me at (@)itsmixedarts!
Thanks for reading!

Working While a Student

I have had experience working as both a high school and a college student, and I have also had experience with both high school and college without a job. So, which is better? I think it depends on the person, who you are and what your schedule is like can have a big impact on how well you would do as a student and an employee. For me, it depends on my schedule for the semester, but I prefer having no job if I can. In my situation, I am a music student, which music in itself is a job, but school and practicing music requires time that could be taken away from me if I had a job. I got my first job as a high school senior. I was a part time student and a family friend asked me to stop by in the middle of the day to check on their dog while they were away at work. It was that school year that I got another job (my first real job, you could say). This job was as an employee for a quick service restaurant. Quick service means you order and pay at the counter and the employees bring the food to the table; there may or may not be a drive thru. This job was good, not the greatest, but I was working with good people. In the months leading up to me quitting, I did not enjoy going to work really at all. As I would get ready for work, I yearned for the moment that I would stand in that spot taking my work clothes off. That has got to be a bad sign. I decided to quit at about the time that I was gearing up to transfer from a community college to a four-year university. I would still be living at home (although I later transferred to another university in a different area), but I ended up having three upper level courses, two of which were honors. I could have managed a job, but I would have had to sacrifice time in some other area, be it music, sleep, or my personal sanity. As nice as it is to have money, a job takes time. At that job, I usually worked Friday evenings from 5-10. That’s not a bad schedule, except it involved me driving out to a busy area right at rush hour and then working on my feet, in a busy drive thru, alone, for five hours, often without any breaks, even though I was scheduled for one. It was a five hour shift that took up more than six hours of my night. I decided at that point that I would rather work on building up a business that could be done from home. So, I quit, and while I’d be lying if I said I never looked back, when I do wish that I still had that job, I remind myself of how miserable it made me.

Have you worked as a student? Did you enjoy it or did it make you go crazy? Tell me in the comments or on Twitter!
Thanks for reading!


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