"Art helps us see connections and brings a more coherent meaning to our world."
- Earnest Boyer, President, Carnegie Foundation
"Education does not transform the world. Education changes people. People change the world."
- Paulo Freire
As a music educator, I believe music plays an important role in life. Music education is important and necessary throughout a child's education because it not only helps students develop cognitively, but it also helps them build a sense of belonging and identity. The study of music in the education of young people teaches students the skills to read, write, and understand music through the participation of an ensemble. Music education gives young people an opportunity to develop creativity, sensitivity, and unity. Music classes give students the opportunity to feel emotions and sensations that they might not experience in other core subjects through the participation of creating music. I believe the participation of musical activities and ensembles can give the individual the opportunities to have a voice and understand that everyone plays a unique and important role within an ensemble.
In terms of my overall teaching philosophy, I aim to provide students with a caring, supportive, and respectful environment where they can learn, play, and appreciate music. I also want to create a classroom that is inclusive so that everyone feels comfortable learning and sharing knowledge with each other. My ultimate goal is to help students develop passion, and confidence in learning through music making. By providing students with opportunities to share their music, they can learn the importance of communication and teamwork. As being part of the ensemble, they would also have to learn to value each other’s opinion and collaborate harmoniously.