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    B.M.Ed, VanderCook College of Music
    afernandez@vandercook.edu

    Background and Credentials

    I am a student at VanderCook College of Music wo
    rking towards a Bachelor of Music Education degree. My major instrument is piano but I am studying all instruments and learning how to teach music classes in choral, general music  and instrumental music areas. I hope one day to teach children at the elementary and middle school levels. Prior to attending VanderCook College of Music I was part of the church's Youth Choir as the assistant choir director back home in Abu Dhabi.

    I am a Filipino who was born and raised in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. I have been playing piano for about 8 years now and have taken up guitar in the last few years.

    I have learned a lot during my time here. I was introduced to my first wind instrument - the trombone, I played in the philharmonic orchestra on both a high string and a low string instrument and I even got to participate in the jazz band. A lot of new experiences and many of them being learning experiences. 



    Five Teaching Values

    1. Never give up on a student. If a student makes trouble or is often left behind in class that doesn’t give you the right to say that they aren’t worth your time, and it isn’t your right to decide that they are hopeless or unworthy.

    2. Treat everyone with respect. To gain respect first you have to earn it, do onto others what you want done onto you. By treating the students well one would hope that your actions would be reciprocated onto you.

    3. Get students to be active in class. The students themselves decide how much they want to learn and the best way to get them active in their academic career is to be engaged in class.

    4. All students are capable of learning, one just have to give them the possibility or the chance to prove so.

    5. Not every student learns the exact same way, as teachers we should be able to see that and respond by tweaking our teaching methods according to what suits them best.


    About VanderCook College of Music

    VanderCook College of Music is the only degree-granting institution in the United States solely dedicated to music teacher education. The mission of the college is to enrich the lives of present and future generations through the preparation of teachers in instrumental, choral, and general music disciplines. Its broad-based curriculum is designed to prepare teachers with strong character, skill in the process of teaching, and respect for the essential role of music in our culture.

    VanderCook's Conceptual Framework


    The Conceptual Framework of VanderCook College of Music is built from three essential attributes: Professionalism in teaching, excellence in music, and strength in character. This framework directs the programs, courses, teachings, assessment of candidates and faculty, scholarship, service and accountability of the College as a whole. My personal experiences as a student in the BMEd program enhanced my understanding of my profession and myself with respect to each of these attributes. To see more, please go to  VCM Conceptual Framework.