"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music."
Victoria L. Shoemaker
B.M.Ed, VanderCook College of Music
Background and Credentials
I am a student at VanderCook College of Music working towards a Bachelor of Music Education degree. My major instrument is the flute 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 high school level. Before enrolling at VanderCook, I was a student at Eau Claire North High School where I played flute in the band, piccolo in the pep band, alto saxophone in the jazz band, and marched on piccolo in the marching band.
I grew up in Eau Claire, WI, where my love for music was nurtured by my private instructors and band directors from when I started playing in 4th grade and throughout high school.
Throughout high school I was provided with many unique opportunities to further myself as a musician, such as solo/ensemble and honor bands. Solo/Ensemble is a festival where you are basically competing with yourself as a musician, and trying to get the best score possible. I was a part of solo/ensemble for 5 years, getting the highest scores possible as a soloist and very high scores with my small ensembles.
Honor Bands that I participated in were very much the highlight of my high school career. Honor Bands provided me with the opportunity to learn from students and teachers that I didn't see on a daily basis, and who had different opinions on musical interpretation that helped me grow as a musician.
I also had the opportunity to be a member of the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony. When I joined this group, it was an "anyone can join" group. There were no auditions, and the main focus of the group was to encourage children (from middle school to high school) to stay in music. When Mr. Ivar Lunde retired as director, and Mr. Gene Power took over, the group switched directions. Still encouraging musicians of all ages, the musicianship stepped up as we played more difficult music and our level of musicianship both as a group and as individuals grew exponentially. I consider it an extremely valuable experience in an orchestral setting.
You may view my complete resume here.
About VanderCook College of MusicVanderCook 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 MMEd 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.