Demonstration of Kansas Music Teacher Standards
Standard #9 The teacher of music advocates for the school music program in the community at large.
- The teacher understands cognitive, affective, and psychomotor aspects of the functions of music.
- The teacher is aware of the audience-performer-composer interaction.
- The teacher articulates a philosophy of music education.
- The teacher provides musical experiences that enhance students’ intellectual, personal, emotional, social, and career development.
- The teacher acknowledges the unique musical contributions of cultural diversity.
It will be a necessity to convey the composer’s feelings, emotions and state-of-mind for each piece they perform. The following is an example of a lesson plan, graphic organizer and PowerPoint I used to convey the importance of a large musical concept. In this case, it was Sonata-Allegro form through a piece of music most students know and find to be very popular and appealing which was "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. Musical concepts are large and unattainable if there is nothing relatable for a student to grasp onto. If I wouldn't have known students would struggle with this concept as well as where they may need further help in the lesson itself, this lesson would have never been done successfully.
I have also come to the conclusion that the best teachers have even better resources and a great deal of them. These resources include but aren't limited to professionals within the field, professionals and mentors outside the field, books, and the internet. I feel I have a very large network of peers and mentors I can bring my problems, frustrations, ideas and personal needs to. An example of a professional question is an e-mail correspondence I had with a high school choir instructor to understand some general guidelines as to how to organize private vocal lessons for students.
In conclusion, a combination of networking, taking advantage of all resources available, and opening the doors to new experiences will broaden their horizons and in turn create in the students a sense of growth in intellectual, personal, emotional, social, and career development endeavors.
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