Sunday, January 29, 2017

Improving Piano Skills

A creative individual, Benjamin Perlin enjoys photography. The owner of numerous film and digital cameras, he often favors the results of film and enjoys darkroom development. Benjamin “Ben” Perlin’s creativity also extends to the realm of music. He enjoys playing the bass guitar and is fond of the piano.

Practice is the key to improving overall piano skill, but it can only work if players practice the right things. Ideally, pianists should start their lessons with learning the basic techniques. These techniques help pianists play chords properly and serve as a foundation to build on as they progress. Unfortunately, some beginners learn incorrect techniques during their beginning years. If this is the case, pianists must first learn the correct techniques if they want to improve. Beyond these basics, pianists benefit greatly from learning about music theory. Music theory makes it easier for pianists to connect different chords and weave together varying sounds.

Once a pianist has mastered basic techniques and music theory, they can focus on improving other aspects of their playing skills. During this time, it is best for pianists to become their own worst critics. In doing so, they learn to assess sounds, rhythms, and tempo and can easily figure out where a problem may be hiding. Further, pianists need to challenge themselves as they progress. Although playing the same songs repeatedly can improve playing, it ends up limiting a pianist’s musical range. Instead, pianists should challenge themselves with new songs that test their skills. However, they must remain realistic about what pieces they can play and avoid songs that are far above their current skill level.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

SAE International Offers STEM Education Programs and Scholarships

Dedicated to charity work and volunteerism, Benjamin (“Ben”) Perlin serves as a volunteer for various nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and Tennessee State Veterans’ Homes. Benjamin Perlin also helped configure the electronics of a race car built by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International.

SAE International provides learning opportunities for engineers in the aerospace and automotive industries. Established in the early 1900s, it aimed to address technical questions in the growing automotive industry. Today, SAE International disseminates industry news and updates through its publications and offers training and professional development programs.

SAE International recognizes that there are fewer students attending science and technology programs, which is likely to affect workforce demands. To address this concern, SAE International created the SAE Foundation, which offers Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education solutions. The SAE Foundation also funds undergraduate and graduate scholarship programs to help students pursue careers in engineering.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Three Organizations That Offer Travel Opportunities to Volunteers


Benjamin Perlin contributes to the community by actively participating in volunteer work. Dedicated to a life of service, Ben Perlin works toward the vision of charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Tennessee State Veterans' Homes, and Second Harvest Food Bank. Benjamin Perlin also finds a sense of fulfillment when traveling.

While others travel for leisure, some travel in order to do volunteer work. Here are three organizations that provide opportunities for traveling volunteers:

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) - Volunteers are deployed to any of its 53 host countries, to fulfill farming duties for a period of time. WWOOF provides volunteers with board and lodging throughout their stay.

Conservation Volunteers - Based in Australia and New Zealand, this organization seeks the help of volunteers in protecting habitats in local and international locations. Volunteers are required to contribute a small participation fee in exchange for food and lodging.

Peace Corps - This organization relies on volunteers to implement its projects in different countries. To become a Peace Corps volunteer, individuals should be residents of the United States and willing to commit to a 27-month long placement program.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore Home Improvement Centers

A resident of Nashville, photographer Benjamin Perlin maintains an active community focus and contributes time and effort to Second Harvest Food Bank. Benjamin Perlin also regularly volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville’s ReStore donation and home improvement retail center. 

Spanning the United States, nonprofit ReStores sell new and used appliances and furniture, as well as housewares and building materials. All items are offered at a significant discount from what they would cost if purchased new through conventional retailers. The money raised goes toward Habitat’s efforts to provide local families with homes that are decent and affordable. This is accomplished through funding mortgages that allow the purchase of land and building materials. 

ReStore donations are encouraged, as a way of both assisting local Habitat fundraising efforts and diverting perfectly good items from landfills, where they create more waste. Volunteers are available to provide pick-up services for larger-sized items, and “deconstruction” teams go in and provide removal services that would otherwise add to the cost of remodeling homes. 

In his activities with the ReStore charity shop in Nashville, Ben Perlin is involved in unloading donations and sorting them for placement in the store. He also stocks items and provides customers with assistance in loading heavy items into vehicles.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Dow's Partnership with Habitat for Humanity Produced 50,000 Homes


Benjamin Perlin is a photographer currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. During his free time, Benjamin Perlin volunteers in the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Established in 1976, Habitat for Humanity is a non-governmental organization and Christian housing ministry with operations on a global scale. It works with people from all backgrounds to help build decent homes for families who are in need. Since its founding, it has helped out over 6.8 million people.

Over the years, habitat for Humanity has established partnerships with several companies who believe in its mission. For over 34 years, Habitat for Humanity has been partners with Dow Chemical Co., a Michigan-based multinational chemical corporation. Through Dow's product and volunteer contributions, Habitat for Humanity has built thousands of homes. As a matter of fact, the Dow-Habitat partnership has recently celebrated its 50,000th home. In order to celebrate this milestone, Dow formed a partnership with Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity to help build a new house in Freeland, Michigan