Ryan McCann May 2nd, 2013 Critical Pedagogy I Professor McCall My Philosophy of Music Education Music is an essential part

of my life because it has always been part of me. Without music, I would be a completely different person. Music has been my way of coping through the rough times in my life. It is a comforting idea that one of the things I love most in this world can help me to escape from reality and bring me an inner peace. Music is also something that has brought my family together. My entire family has the common love for music and it is a way for us to bond on a deeper level. I find myself naturally connected to music. All throughout my life I have been drawn to all aspects of music and have found that everything comes quite naturally to me. Music is the one subject that is truly my forte. It would almost be selfish to not share the music I have come to learn and love. The only way to keep music alive is to teach others about its wonder and mystery. I feel that me teaching music is important because I want to show music to my students in a way that they can really learn to love it themselves. This will in itself keep the music alive for generations to come. With music being something that I love so much, becoming a music educator is one of the only career paths that could truly make me happy. Besides teaching the basic elements of music, music can teach a wide variety of values and skills that students will need in everyday life. Some skills and values include basic cooperation, responsibility, time management, creativity, personal responsibility,

discipline, and integrity. Cooperation can be learned through playing in an ensemble, responsibility can be learned by practicing as an ensemble in the classroom, and personal responsibility can be achieved by practicing at home and really learning your own part in a piece. Time management can also be learned through this sense of practicing and learning music and all of this enhances the student’s creativity to a sense when they learn what the music is doing and how they could do something along the same lines. These are only a few of the ways music can be teach these certain skills and values and there are plenty more that can be taught as well. These skills are necessary in life, are good to have, and all can easily be taught directly or indirectly by teaching music. Learning music is also a different learning experience for the student, especially in an ensemble setting. It is a more kinesthetic approach to learning as opposed to the normal sit at a desk taking notes type of learning. Music education is also a good way to boost the confidence of all students. Music can give immediate sense of satisfaction but can instill a passion in students in which they desire to continue to improve themselves and their musicality even after the song has ended. Also, music is different because music is an art that can develop the brain in a way you can’t find in any other way of learning. As Reimer said, "each art requires a distinctive mode of thought peculiar to the cognitive subrealm it embodies". This idea that music promoting development of the brain in ways you can’t find in any other situation shows that music should definitely be taught in schools. I believe that the teacher should be more of a guide. The learning process should be that a basic understanding is given but then it is up to the students to make conclusions based on the initial information given. The teacher is also there for a helping hand

whenever any student is struggling. Ultimately the teacher is not there to spoon-feed information to students and expect them to truly grasp the concepts of music. As Frank Abrahams states it, music should be a conversation between student and teacher. “Education is a conversation where students and their teachers pose problems and 
 solve problems together”. This means that teachers should interact with the students and help them learn and not just force words and ideas on them and hope they get something out of it. The teacher should honor the world of students and spark discussion to help students come to their own conclusions about musical ideas. The student should be someone willing to learn and someone who has an open mind to fully grasp all that music has to offer. All students have the potential to learn some basic understanding of music, but they have to be willing to put in the work in order to achieve it. My goal as a teacher is to show the students that music is much more than something you can listen to. Its something you can really learn to understand and even possibly create yourself one day. I want them to be able to gain a basic comprehension of music. At the least, I want them to learn more about music than when they came into the class even if it is only a little amount. I will teach anyone who is willing to learn because without the will or desire to learn, there is no chance the student will even enjoy the class let alone learn anything from it. When I teach I want to make sure the students are always interacting with the learning process at hand. I want music to be that exciting and different subject the students look forward to. In conclusion, music education is not only important to me, but can be beneficial for anyone willing to learn from music. It develops the mind in a way that the students

would not be able to find it anywhere else. Music is a way for students to create something bigger than themselves, and for them to have fun doing it too. Teaching music keeps music alive through teaching each generation after generation. Along with this, music education is just another way for students to learn and more importantly to have fun while they’re learning. Music education should be an opportunity available to all students of all ages.

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