Standard 5: The teacher of PK-12 music has skills in selecting, analyzing, interpreting, presenting, and evaluating music and music performance within the context of music education.
Leading students in creating music requires that I have the skills and knowledge to lead them through exploring musical ideas and tools to create an effective performance. Selecting and analyzing music and materials that are appropriate for students at different levels and settings is crucial to ensuring their success. In the many ensembles that I have been part of I have seen materials that work really well for those ensembles and also ones that have been below or above their skill level. Including materials not appropriate for a developmental level can be detrimental to the success of a lesson. I have had many opportunities to practice during my time at K-State. My most impactful experience was being one of the conductors for University Band. I conducted a Schumann small brass chamber ensemble, and March of the Belgian Paratroopers for full band ensemble. I created a grid analysis, where I analyzed the pieces measure by measure, anticipated issues and learning opportunities for the ensembles, as well as interpretive and expressive decisions. I also created a unit study for each of the pieces that included composition and composer background, technical/rehearsal considerations and supplemental materials. The preparation for these pieces helped me plan my rehearsal more effectively and successfully. This kind of deep and thorough analysis creates are more organized and valuable experience for all involved, teacher and students. During the preparation process, having an interpretation of the piece is necessary for the musical development of students. For my students to become well-rounded, independent musicians they will need the tools to interpret music at an emotional and human level. For this to happen, I will need to have an idea in mind of the expressive intent of the piece that will help in leading students through the exploration of each piece and helping them come up with their own interpretations.