Philosophy of Music Education
I believe that the music educator must be able to work with every individual student, form positive relationships and maintain high musical standards and high expectations for learning. This incorporates musical and cross curricular reading, listening and many other facets that reinforce the student’s love for music while honing their skills through being fully engaged in the music making process.
This however, does not dismiss the aesthetic nature of music itself. Beyond the markings, the staves and semiquavers, the performer reaches in and pulls themselves out of the ink, creating an experience that can truly transform who we are as a listener while transforming themselves.
When one is actively engaged in the music making as the performer, either singing, playing an instrument or conducting, they are in the moment, experiencing and giving life to others and themselves. Through practice, and making music, the musicians learn, experience and transform the mundane into the extraordinary, experiencing aesthetic reactions at their respective skill levels along the way.