Getting to know you
My Name is Andy and I am an 18 year old high school senior accepted into the Northern Arizona University Tuba/Euphonium studio for fall 2014. Now I know what your thinking-this kid isn’t a teacher, why would he post here?
I believe that music education can begin at nearly any age. As students we all influence each other, we learn from each other, and we build our musical ability off each other. Students pass their knowledge of music on to the younger classes. Some people, such as myself, take it a step further.
I take my knowledge and love of music to the elementary schools and junior high schools in my area and assist the teachers there. Currently, I am working on starting an after school brass basics class at one of the elementary school’s I volunteer at and provide focused attention to a tuba player there with ADHD, which hinders him from learning how to read music as fast as the other students. It is truly amazing to see him progress!
I am truly grateful for the opportunity I am give as a young music educator and I’m very happy to be doing this for the rest of my life.
Trumpet and Music Education
I am a music educator who majored in trumpet. I currently teach band, 2 choirs, orchestra, and jazz band. I have been teaching for almost 10 years now and started when I was 22. Taking piano seriously definitely helped me in my choral teaching skills. I also got a master’s degree in orchestral conducting. During my undergrad I took 2 years of choir, 4 years of wind ensemble, and 3 years of orchestra. All of that ensemble experience was key in learning how to teach. The constant practice of conducting and being assistant conductor for all of those ensembles at some point led me to be a very competent musical leader. Once you have that confidence in musical leadership, you can teach any ensemble at the high school level.
Getting to Know You (all)
My name is “Mister Conrad” when I am with my students, and am about a thousand years old. I teach music in grades preK through 5th in a small innercity school where music instruction happens in the classrooms — there is no music room. No auditorium either.
My blog is primarily for people who work as I do, in a NYC elementary school teaching music.
Maybe it needs to switch over to tumblr
Getting To Know You | Emily
My name is Emily Trapp and I will be a senior Piano Performance/Pedagogy major (and Communication minor) at Goshen College in northern Indiana. It’s a tiny, Christian, liberal arts school that has been the best decision of my life for several reasons. I am originally from Canby, Oregon (suburb of Portland) and have been amazed with how much quality music I have been exposed to by moving to the midwest. Right now, I am in the process of researching 7 graduate schools for my masters in music (piano), which are Eastern Washington University, University of Oregon, San Francisco Conservatory (still on the fence about that one), University of Missouri at Kansas City, University of Texas at Austin, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and University of Michigan.
I have been teaching two beginner piano students for the past two years and helped them from their very first day of piano study. Although I am not declared “Music Education”, I will definitely be a music educator one day. My ultimate goal is to teach piano study at the university level after my masters degree and hopefully travel abroad to teach as well.
If any of you have suggestions or questions for me, please send them my way! My blog isn’t music related necessarily, but you can email me at email@example.com.
Getting to Know You: An Ongoing Project
For those of you who are new to the think tank, we have an ongoing project thing. You head over to the submit box and tell us your story. Just start talking about yourself, where you came from, where you are, and where you are going. When I started the project, we had 264 followers. Now we have 12,432. Thank you all for your continued support and please don’t be shy.
Also, don’t forget to check out the introduction post. Click here for that.
Baton raised! (Getting to Know You)
My name is Kenneth Perkins and I am a first year music teacher at an elementary school in Columbia SC. I joined Tumblr to assimilate ideas from other music teachers like myself as well as veteran music teachers. I look forward to cultivating exciting and fresh ideas from you all!!!
Hello! My name is Jeralyn, and I am a Vocal Music Ed student at Northwestern State University in Louisiana! I have always had a passion and love for music, which I am grateful to my daddy for instilling in me. My father is an elementary music teacher, so music ed runs in the family, you could say. I teach private lessons to two students and have been doing so for about two months. At first, I was super nervous, but now I love it! I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life. Sometimes, when the classes get really hard, I think about quitting, but then I realize that nothing else would make me happy. Music is in my blood. I am excited to be a part of this generation that is coming up to teach. I think that we are going to change the way people see education and music! I can’t wait to start reading and learning from y’all! Good luck to everyone on their teaching journeys!
Getting to Know You
My name is Katie and I am 22 years old. I currently am a senior going on supersenior at Florida State University. I have yet to intern, which is why I’m a bit behind. A choral music education major, I hope to teach music in middle or high school in the near future.
I have taught piano and voice lessons before, as well as led several classes for a music camp on music theory, sight singing, piano, choir, guitar, and drums. I held an unpaid internship position with a summer program this past summer in which I worked with students between the ages of 4 and 14. I worked with their Broadway Kids (a theater group) as well as several music mini camps that lasted the week. Although I have yet to become a music educator, I am excited to join the profession and become a teacher once and for all.
My music blog is ongakusensei.tumblr.com,which is where I post anything pertaining to what I have been learning as well as what may pertain to me at some point in my future. I do tend to use it as a study blog to make notes for my classes, vocal pedagogy in particular, but I will post anything I find important.
Getting To Know You
My name is Dakin, and I’m eighteen years old. I’m a senior in high school and I’ll be going into my freshman year of college come this fall, and will (hopefully) be pursuing a career in music education at Georgia State University. Actually, my audition is this Saturday, so I’m a little anxious!
As I may not be a music educator just yet, I do spend quite a lot of my time already teaching music. I have ten students whose ages range from six to fourteen who I teach weekly to learn ukulele, guitar, and basic music theory and I have been teaching for about a year and a half now. I originally began teaching to earn a little money for the things a high schooler needs (gas, money for food) and I quickly fell in love with teaching and the kids. There’s nothing more exciting than watching these children fall in love with music like I did at their age, and spending time with them has become the highlight of my week. Each one has inspired me to work hard and try harder than I ever have before and, above all, they have inspired me to be a better person. Before I began spending time with these children I had no reason to hold myself to a higher moral standard than my peers — or no one to try for, rather. Now, I am driven by the desire to be a good role model and teacher. Ever since I began teaching I can’t imagine anything I would rather do with my life, which is probably why I’m so nervous about my audition. So, if anyone has any advice or encouragement for me going into this audition, it would be greatly appreciated!
My name is Ruby, and I am an elementary general music teacher in West Michigan. I have both my bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (BM in Secondary Music Ed., and MM in Music Education - Orff-Schulwerk). I have been certified up to Level III in the Orff pedagogy, having studied with Orff mentors Shirley McRae, Judy Sills, Sue Mueller, and Randy DeLelles and Jeff Kriske. I recently presented a session at my state music educators conference about lessons that appeal to fourth and fifth grade boys; it was my first time presenting, and I had a crowd of 200 show up. :-) But my favorite music education memories happen in my classroom. I’ve taught for 12 years now (one year in middle school, eleven in elementary schools), and have had some great moments… As well as real duds. ;-)
You can find me at thecostumepartyisover.tumblr.com on a regular basis. I tend to post things about my day, so since I spend the majority of my day at school, chances are pretty good you’ll see something school-related. ;-) In fact, I JUST wrote a post about lessons I did for all five grade levels in my building. Writing about it made me excited for school tomorrow! ;-)
Getting to Know You
Hi! My name is Michelle and I am a senior Music Education major at the University of Delaware. My major instrument is clarinet, although I play a pretty good bit of saxophone. I’m starting my student teaching on Monday and am a combination of really excited and absolutely terrified! I’m student teaching at a high school in Maryland and a high school in New Jersey, and any/all suggestions and helpful comments are welcome and appreciated!
I’m really big on trying to incorporate technology into the classroom as much as possible, and doing my best to take advantage (legally) of everything that’s available to both teachers and students on the internet. As someone who always has some sort of technology at hand (iPhone, Mac, etc), I find it silly to not use as much as possible in the classroom. I saw about half of a presentation given by SoundTree last semester and they totally blew my mind when it comes to using everything that’s available to teachers in the music classroom.
I’m attempting to try and blog a bit (safely) about my student teaching this semester, so feel free to stop by every now and then!
Getting to Know Stuff!
Hey there, Music Ed world!
My name is Brian Franco and I’m a 6-12 music teacher in New York State. I proudly attended the Crane School of Music, where I received my BM and am currently working on my MM.
I started my Blog as a part of my Masters work, using it to discuss music education with my classmates. Recently, I have developed new courses at the high school level aimed at integrating popular music into schools using strong philosophical and musical foundations. I have shared this work at conferences such as New Directions in Music Ed at Michigan State and NYSSMA.
You can find my work online. Check out Music Industry 1 if you have a chance. If you’ve ever wanted to create a captivating non-ensemble course in your high school, I hope this helps get you started!
It’s an exciting time to be a music teacher, eh??
Getting to know me!
My name is Elizabeth and I am in between colleges right now, studying theatre production, with a love for all things music; playing, listening, learning. My family started The Ken Schiffler Foundation for Music Education after my father passed away from colon cancer. He was a musician who prided himself in including EVERYONE. It did not matter if you were good or not, it just mattered if you were participating. We had groups of 30 singing and playing music together. He supported me and my siblings music programs in school, and was an active participant, playing in coffeehouses, music performances, and musicals. It is this kind of dedication and exposure my family values and wants to support in music programs, in my father’s name. While the foundation in only 2 months old, we can be found at www.facebook.com/schifflerfoundation. By July 2012 we will have a grant application available for interested schools and programs. Like the page on Facebook for continued updates and to see where our donations go. Music education is crucial and must be fostered, and The Ken Schiffler Foundation for Music Education was founded to do just that.
Getting to me you…
My name is Kyle Herring and I’m a 4th-year music education major and percussionist. I have taught high school drumlines for the past 4 years as well as several freelance camps, and I’m teaching a high school WGI ensemble for the first time this year. While my background is instrumental music, of late I’ve gotten more and more into vocal music and even dance a little bit. I’m also keenly interested in arranging, particularly show design for marching band and WGI groups.
My blog isn’t anything specific, just thinks I find funny, interested, or thought-provoking.
Getting to know me!
I’m a violin performance major at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
I originally intended to study music education but made a choice to pursue performance and theory when I developed ideas of opening my own music school with an intensive university preparation program. I’ve got a few friends who are interested in helping me in my future endeavors among which are a brass performance major, a future music therapist/percussionist and a future physiotherapist (music specialized).
I have a blog right now that deals with the ins and outs of being a music major. My intent is to provide ideas and discussion to music majors on topics such as performance anxiety, musical health and emotional issues. And I’m also targeting non-music majors with the hopes of providing information about what we do! Please read and enjoy, I’d love feedback!