Stephanie A. Gergen
B.M.Ed, Vandercook College of Music
In my eyes every student is unique in their own way. Becoming a music educator is not only teaching the passion for music, but also heping students to be comfortable with expressing who they truly are.
Effective teachers are excited about what they teach, and show it in their words, their facial expressions and the tone of their voice. Effective teachers are positive and believe in their students. They engage students in activities and are prepared for teaching. Being positive and encouraging rather than critical and demeaning will work wonders. If your students see that you love music, you respect them and you are excited about your time together, they will enjoy coming to practice and consider lessons fun rather than drudgery.
Music has been an amazing part of my life since I was seven years old. I was very involved in acting, and drama in church plays and as I grew older I was in productions at my school. The saxophone was introduced to me when I was 12 years old. At this time I began middle school band. Immediatly I fell in love with it and started taking music to the next level. I began to apply music to my everyday life. When I was a Junior in High School I knew that I wanted to pass my passion for music onto the next generation and I chose to come to VanderCook College of Music.
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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.
Finding passion in your students. Students are exposed to a community of people that share their same passion, this builds their understanding and involvement in social interactions. The more a student becomes involved in their chosen passion, the more they seek deeper understanding. Obtaining a deeper understanding develops a sense of confidence and pride in themselves and what they do. The teacher must have an active roll in creating an environment that is conducive to all the aspects of a found passion, building social interactions, the desire for deeper understanding, the building of confidence and pride, and finally the development of responsibility in their students.