Sr. Carole Riley
MARY PAPPERT SCHOOL OF MUSIC
RILEY ENJOYS ENABLING DUQUESNE STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE MUSIC AND LESSONS THAT UNDERPRIVILEDGED CHILDREN WOULD NOT OTHERWISE RECEIVE.
Sister Carole Riley, a professor in the School of Music at Duquesne University has many service ties within the community. These partnerships enable her students to use their skill and passion of music to entertain and teach others.
One of the projects is playing live lobby music at various hospitals in Pittsburgh including UPMC Children’s Hospital, Magee Women’s Hospital and Mercy. The students also play for local shelters during lunch hours. They play the violin or keyboard and Sister Riley believes “there is beauty/elegance of music that we don’t associate with homeless shelters and gives respect to the homeless when we go and play live music at the lunch hour.” The people attending the shelter enjoy the music and really appreciate the students appreciating them.
TOUCHING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN
Often, Sister Riley’s students are teaching children to enjoy music and provide lessons that the children could not otherwise afford. Providence Family Support Center, on the North Side, is an educational center that has benefited from the service-learning class. There, Duquesne students taught music and coordinated a holiday pageant. The students were surprised by how serious the three and four year old children took the music.
“Service-learning meets our mission at Duquesne, it helps honor the tradition of the university, and we are serving places that are underserved and providing music of beauty.”
Another aspect of the service-learning class is going to the School for the Hearing Impaired, where the students play music for the children. Sister Riley described how touching it was to see the children creep close and put their hands on the guitar player.
THE DIVERSITY OF MUSIC
Sister Riley believes there are many benefits and lessons to learn from in service-learning. She believes that her students are exposed to other cultures and audiences.
They are dressing professionally, networking, and selecting music that is tasteful and accepted by generations above and below. Sister Riley continues to get requests from various organizations around the community for her students to come to entertain and teach more people.