My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is my enthusiasm and positivity. As educators, when we are in front of our students, we are performers! We have to present content to them in a way that will spark their interests. With my background in musical theater, performing comes naturally to me. I am very comfortable being in front of a class and portraying different characters so that my students can learn something new.
I can use this strength to provide my students with the best opportunities to learn. Music is a difficult subject for many students, so presenting the content in ways that help my students learn best is very important to me.
When I think about myself as a future educator teaching music, I am excited and optimistic. Music has always been a large part of my life and I have seen the many benefits it has with one’s academic achievement. When I have my own classroom I want to incorporate music into lessons from other subject areas as much as possible. Teaching through song can help students learn faster and remember facts longer. I still know all aspects of the Napoleonic Code because I wrote a song about it in Social Studies 10 to the tune of Jingle Bell Rock!
My greatest area of growth during this year has been in my music lesson planning. I already teach a music class to preschool and school aged children at a local recreation center, so taking a methodology course in music for elementary school has helped me become a better teacher for those classes. This class has allowed me to expand my teaching styles for music, learn new songs for my classes, and learn how to teach theory to children. I now am comfortable teaching full music lessons that incorporate content from the new BC curriculum whereas before I only knew how to teach songs using the call/response method.