Monique Pollock knows even the most dedicated art patrons need time to regroup. The music education major founded the R.E.A.L. (Recognized Educated Artists Live) Orchestra in 2008, where public high school students performed popular music in a classical format. Pollock rearranged hits from modern artists like Jay-Z and Kanye West, even designing her own rap solo for a 2010 performance. Today Pollock is preparing for the nonprofit’s next move in 2013.
Time to reflect: Although the R.E.A.L. Orchestra has been on hiatus since 2011, Pollock has big plans for 2013, which will include more performances. “I really want this to be impactful the next time,” said Pollock. “I’ve just been collecting tools.”
Technology meets music: Pollock uses music software to rearrange songs for her students. “It’s always good to know how to write music on paper the old-fashioned way, but most music now is written with computer technology and software programs.”
Day job: Pollock works as a facilitator at Ashley Park Middle School, where she adds arts and music programs to laptops for the international program, One Laptop Per Child. “With my background, I can use that to help plan and help design lesson plans that center around the arts,” said Pollock. “That’s the tie-in now.”