“I get the most joy out of my violin. I often think in music, I see my life in terms of music.”
I graduated from George Mason University with Bachelor of Music in Music Education. I have been teaching privately since 2006 and have accrued students from all ages and varying backgrounds. Prior to attending GMU, I had the privilege of studying with Suzuki specialist Dr. Marianne P., who studied with the famous violinist Shin'ichi Suzuki in Japan. While at George Mason, I studied with retired National Symphony Orchestra member Edwin J. who was a violinist/violist, and Zino B. who is currently a National Symphony Orchestra Opera House violinist. In my advancement of piano studies at George Mason, I studied with the sought after Dr. Anna B. who is a high-profile soloist.
Music is an important aspect of student growth. As a music student, performer, and teacher, I know the prevalence of music in my own life. I have a good sense of how music has affected my growth as a person and can therefore understand the reasons for including music into the school curriculum.
Music is not just the notes on the pages, it is an art form, and the only discipline which facilitates the understanding of an aesthetic experience. It is a very important aspect of student growth and each student will benefit in all ways relevant to the core curriculum. Mathematically, music is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions, which must be done instantaneously, and not worked out on paper. If you wanted to break down music as a science, you could say music teaches us to interpret meaning to form lyrical, melodic thoughts. Music helps us to commit to memory making learning more fun, and it also helps develop creativity.
The objective of my music program would be to develop the musical ability and success of each student and achieve a high level of musicianship as an ensemble and as a solo performer. There will be an emphasis on each student’s personal responsibility to work toward the fulfillment of both personal and group goals. The music class will develop techniques for each student and expose students to different genres and a broad range of music.
I would like to create a positive classroom environment for my students where learning music is a form of art. Music lets us instill greatness, discipline, dedication, and develop self-esteem in our students. Our educational system, ideally, should provide all students with a broad range of knowledge and experience.
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