Demonstration of Kansas Music Teacher Standards
Kansas Music Standard #1: The teacher of music has skills in teaching and evaluation techniques for vocal, instrumental, and general music.
- The teacher understands repertoire appropriate for various developmental stages.
- The teacher knows representative works of the past and present from the solo, small ensemble, and large ensemble literature.
- The teacher performs alone with musical understanding and technical proficiency sufficient to interpret representative works of the past and present.
- The teacher performs in small and large vocal ensembles or instrumental ensembles.
- The teacher demonstrates the ability to access musical and literary resources for vocal and/or instrumental music.
- The teacher develops instrumental pedagogy appropriate for various developmental stages.
- The teacher demonstrates singing effective for instructional purposes.
- The teacher demonstrates functional knowledge of various band and orchestra instruments.
This standard is an essential part of being a music teacher. I have been fortunate to participate in many activities and hold leadership positions which have allowed me to practice my teaching techniques. I took a Block I course last summer which was part of a middle school two week music camp. This opportunity gave me the chance to group teach middle school students with my peers. I also have had many opportunities to accompany small vocal classes led by Graduate students the past two semesters. More recently I participated in University Choir at K-State and student taught and conducted one piece for the ensemble. I have also had other opportunities to work within the local schools under an apprenticeship and create unit plans including comprehensive lessons for multiple choral pieces
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