I believe that music, at its core, is a communal activity that powerfully enriches every life. It is an art form that emphasizes and facilitates connection between people. In an increasingly divisive world, the value of music is increasingly valuable in the ways that it brings people together. My passion for music continues to grow the more I see kids of wildly different beliefs, aspirations, and backgrounds coming together towards the common goal of creating music.
Music education is essential to offer a child in school and a right that they are entitled to access. Music is a window to creativity, artistry, culture, and self-expression that is integral for many in finding their identities. Music allows students to connect, debate, and collaborate with peers of their age or any age. I offer a program that encourages students to engage critically and creatively in the art that they are making.
I offer a program that is accessible and inviting to students of all abilities and potentials. It is wildly important for students to understand music beyond the limited scope of playing their instrument. I am incredibly passionate about insuring that performance in an ensemble on a single instrument is only the beginning to well-rounded musicianship. My kids in the classroom will work with me on establishing an environment where constructive collaborative learning can take place with rigor and passion. They will perform in large and small ensembles, but will also demonstrate their ability to perform independently. They will learn to define their tastes in music and develop a vocabulary to aid them in informed critique. They will be exposed to and participate in composition, improvisation, and other creative exercises in music. Additionally, my students will have strong knowledge of the music theory that is relevant to their music, which will prepare them to place their music into a larger context. My students will be exposed to musics from cultures foreign to them and gain a broader perspective of what music encompasses and means to different peoples around the world.
I believe that music is an opportunity that should be available to all students for the sake of self-expression, self and cultural identity, and most importantly, collaborative community from which they can learn and grow into fully developed people.