My philosophy as a music educator is simple: anyone can experience music. I think experience is an important word here because to each individual it is going to be different. For example, some people experience music by hearing it, or by playing it. But what about feeling it, moving to it, responding to it? I think it can be easy to assume that hearing music or playing music are the only ways, but what if a student can’t hear, or can’t grip a mallet? What if a school does not have instruments? This can not mean their experience of music is over, or even limited.

In the summer of 2017 I began my Orff training. The Orff approach offers multiple ways to experience music before even touching an instrument. In addition, when student teaching, I learned much about the Kodaly method from my cooperating teacher. The Kodaly method is another way for students to experience music, as it guides them to musical literacy. I incorporate both approaches in my classroom to give my students a variety of ways they engage in music.

In addition, I maintain a learning environment where students feel safe to grow and explore as life-long learners. My goal is to help students develop into sensitive, thoughtful, and compassionate individuals. For me, music is the tool through which I teach these concepts.