My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is… I can use this strength to…
I played piano for 6 years when I was younger and I have a great base knowledge of music theory after taking Music in the Elementary classroom. This is important because piano and theory can help significantly when implementing music in a classroom. I still have a vast amount of resources that I will be able to use when teaching my own students. This gives me a base knowledge into the world of music and the confidence to play music in front of other people. I will also be able to use my knowledge to teach my students the basics of theory, an important start to becoming musically literate.
I find another strength I have is the enjoyment I get when playing music. My love for the piano was ingrained in me at a young age. This love will be translated into my own classroom. Due to this I will be able to stay genuine and not only implement music into a lesson because it is part of the BC curriculum. I think this will translate into learners who are generally more interested in music.
When I think about myself as a future educator teaching music, I…
When I think about myself as a future educator teaching music I think about how I learned music as a child. The teachers that I had as a child made music fun for the entire class. Singing songs during circle time was usually the highlight of the day for me. I still remember many of the songs and books we would sing to this day. That is why I think music is such a valuable learning experience in classrooms.
Music can also be used to reduce stress and pain in students. During these times playing music can have a relaxing effect, lowering blood pressure and stress hormones while slowing heart and pulse. Because of these facts i think using calming music as a classroom management tool is important.
I think any educator should consider implementing music into lesson plans to create cross-curricular connections. Being confident in music can help students understand and remember information learned in class. I find it hard to implement First Nations culture into my lesson plans. I believe this is an important part of the curriculum and integration is necessary. Music can be a great tool to help introduce students to First Nations cultures. In my own classroom, I will use my musical strengths to integrate First Nations culture and music into my pre-existing lesson plans to further my student’s knowledge of culture.
My greatest area of growth during this course has been the area of…
I think that my greatest area of growth is my ability to re-learn the piano and gain confidence in my abilities. Before the semester had started I had not played the piano in many years. I had basically forgotten all my skills and had to re-learn the piano from scratch. With determination and help from YouTube and a friend that is a piano major, my piano skills increased drastically.
At the beginning of the semester, I was not able to read sheet music, play scales or remember any basics of piano. After a lot of practice, I learned a variety of songs and scales. I also saw that the amount of time it took to learn new pieces became quicker as my confidence developed. I think this could be attributed to the development of my coordination and the ability to use both my left and right hands at once. With confidence, my abilities to be comfortable playing in front of others also grew. I think this is an important skill to develop as a teacher. It is pointless to be learning music if you are not able to play in front of others.