Standard 1: The teacher of PK-12 music has skills in pedagogy (planning, delivering instruction, and assessment) for vocal, instrumental, and general music.
A music teacher should be knowledgeable in content and its appropriateness for students of various ages and skill levels in a variety of settings, and should have the skills necessary to demonstrate and model the skills that I want them to learn. During my time at K-State I acquired new skills and also developed skills that I have been working on for many years before entering college. I was involved in many different areas of the music department. In the instrumental side of things I was a member of the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, University Band, Woodwind Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Pub Crawl Band, Volleyball Band, and Cat Band. I was also involved in the vocal department by being part of Concert Choir, Collegiate Chorale and private voice lessons. These ensembles exposed me to a wide array of musical styles, literature, performance settings and venues. I had the opportunity to perform everything from medieval music to contemporary rock and pop in football fields all over the country to churches in South Carolina and concert halls in Kansas City and Dallas. In these ensembles I also had many leadership roles - In the choirs I often led Tenor and Bass sectionals to help with learning parts. In marching band I was the Music Instructor for the piccolo section, and served on the Students Staff. I was also selected as one of the undergraduate student conductors for the University Band. In addition to ensembles, many of the courses I took at K-State will help me become the best music teacher I can be. These include music theory and history classes, techniques classes, and conducting classes. My students will benefit from my experiences and involvement in music by the outlook and perspective that these have given me. I’m aware of the countless possibilities and opportunities that music can deliver and I want my students to enjoy those same things. Performing in a variety of ensembles, genres, and settings is invaluable for students’ musical education. They will expand their musical horizons and understand the benefits that a musical life can bring.