My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is my natural ability to help and empathize with people. With my past experiences in taking music classes, I can apply the knowledge that I have learned into my teaching and help me to understand what my student’s needs are. I was once a student who knew nothing about music, but I remember a lot of the techniques my teachers have used to help me understand musical concepts that I can adapt and also use in my own teaching. Having these resources and my former teachers to ask for teaching advice will allow me to effectively help each individual student and meet their needs.
When I think about myself as a future educator teaching music, I picture having a piano in my classroom and playing the accompaniment to songs while my students sing. I feel extremely happy and excited to be sharing and teaching music to others, as it is a huge part of my life. I think that music is so important for the development of a child and for me to be a part of that is a wonderful feeling. Through my passion and enjoyment for music, I hope to create fun lessons that children will remember and impact students in a way where they will enjoy music too. I have a lot of ideas that I want to try out that I have developed through my many years of taking music lessons, my piano lesson teachings, as well as from this course and from my peers.
My greatest area of growth during the year/course has been in the area of integration of other subjects into music. Music is a universal language and can be tied into language arts through poetry and lyrics, math by counting rhythm and note values, science and socials through different song topics, and PE by playing active games with music or moving our bodies to create music. Before this course, I saw music as its own subject and wasn’t aware of all these different connections. By making cross-curricular connections, learning becomes more meaningful and purposeful for students’ learning.