My Teaching Philosophy

  • I believe that music has always been a medium used to unite people in the community. This is the same effect music has in my classroom today. Through independent work, students have the opportunity to discuss and discover new ideas and musical concepts together. Learning becomes more interesting and memorable if students are allowed space for critical thinking. In my choral classroom, we discuss phrasing, dynamic markings, and poetry together. Not only is this method of learning compelling for students, but it also gives them the opportunity to learn how to work together.  Furthermore, it helps to build community within the classroom. It is crucial to spark children's desires to learn. If students do not want to learn, it makes it difficult to get them to grasp any information or develop any skills.  

    This desire to learn is also important when talking about student-centered learning. If students do not care about learning, they will not be motivated to discuss or discover new information. I work very hard to try and inspire my students every day. I help them develop goals and congratulate them each time these goals are achieved. I also challenge them when I see there is room for growth. In my classroom, it is my desire for all students to reach their full potential. My priority is to help students grow and flourish as young, independent, well-versed musicians. I re-evaluate my form of teaching periodically to make sure that I am doing the best I can for my students. Music is a critical part of a child’s education. Therefore,  it is imperative that I be mindful and intentional every time I enter a classroom.

    Singing is another very important aspect of building this community. The voice is the most accessible instrument there is. Anyone can learn to sing, match pitch, and learn music. However, what makes singing stand out from other forms of expression, is that this is a sound that comes directly from us. It is the translator between our soul and spoken language. There is meaning and emotion behind the slightest nuances of the voice. Tone, timbre, and volume all indicate the most specific kind of emotion. This is what I want my students to learn in my choir. The point of singing is being able to make someone else understand pain or happiness that is far removed from anything they have, or will ever experience in their life. This is why singing brings us together.