“Art Imitates life”
Education is for all. Period. Teachers are perhaps one of the most fundamental occupations that build the foundations of a good society. In our ever changing world, there are many schooling experiences that need to be cherished especially in a child’s life. Music is one of these experiences and is one of the most important facets in our world. Every child is entitled to a Music Education. Music can have different effects on each individual, they can describe feelings that are lost on words, enrich the soul and effect the human spirit. Music is also a language. There is a famous Czech proverb that says “You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you only know one language then you only live once.” Music does not come in a physical form but rather malleable and always subject to change. It is through these changes in the language of Music that reflect the zeitgeist.
In the field of Education, a teacher faces new challenges, agendas, problems and are rewarded with benefits. The reality of the teacher is where you are faced with a melting pot of individuals with different backgrounds, experiences, personalities within your classroom from a certain period of time with a subject aim that is to equip them with content knowledge, communication skills and fundamentally reality. This is a huge responsibility that many teachers face on a day to day basis. Within these responsibilities, on a micro level are where the teacher needs to engage, communicate effectively and care for each and individual.
So what is my teaching philosophy as you have read 300 words in? Well generally it is one where you provide engaging experiences that challenge and question their position within society, the community and globally and help to provide a platform to where they discover who they are. It is one where in the Music classroom students are opened to a variety of material to question, argue, listen, build, dance, contemplate, appreciate and create. I strongly believe in the Orff Schulwerk approach developed by Carl Orff & Gunild Keetman, where a child starts with experiences with the body. Every child has the capacity for Music and can all be musicians in their own capacity.