We all face multiple challenges in our teaching lives, whether it’s the inundation of testing, or the pulling out of students during rehearsal time, or the sheer lack of rehearsal time. Or, we may struggle with support from administration – the list goes on.
Sometimes, the thing that is invisible to the outside world is who we are as teachers and what has shaped us. Often, invisible to the outside world is the profound impact we have on the children and teens we see on a daily basis, as we work with them on something as personal and intimate as creating music. We are helping these students to form thousands of new neurological connections, balancing all the disciplines of music creation into something we hope will become second nature to them over time. It is a language they have had all along, and all they need is someone to guide them toward its beauty – its intrinsic value – and let it loose in the world around them so that they can see their own beauty and worth through their own eyes.
We are music makers. And we have our own histories and accomplishments that make us the music makers and teachers we are today.
My own achievements have shaped the music I create today. You will not find this particular list of achievements on another profile, and this is good. Each composer has a unique set of skills and accomplishments which shape their voice.
Although I have a bio that lists accomplishments more recognized in the field of composition, these accomplishments will not change My Story.