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Brendan Mead Philisophy of Music Education All students, regardless of aptitude or attitude, can benefit from being exposed

to the wonders and joys of music. Through acti e participation, students will experience, create, and enjoy music. Music e o!es emotions and feelings. "t creates a sense of beauty. Music helps express lo e, compassion, and gentleness. All things that are lo ely can be expressed in music. Through music, students de elop an appreciation of culture, art, and beauty and can better express themsel es and interpret others. #rom a practical perspecti e, music is a ital component of the school curriculum. $ot only is music education important in its own right but it ser es to complement all other subject areas, including reading, social studies, and math. Music teaches critical s!ills li!e self%discipline, teamwor!, time%management, and problem sol ing. "t increases self%esteem by encouraging group learning through teamwor! and acti e participation. "n my classroom, " will stri e to instill an appreciation for music and allow for success in e ery student. Music facilitates a healthy outlet for self%expression. Music is not only good for the indi idual, but for society as a whole. As a tool to broaden students& musical exposure, " see! to incorporate a ariety of musical styles and genres at all grade le els. " can creati ely use these songs as a lin! to engage the students in the learning process. As the teacher, " can demonstrate respectful listening and begin to model how to analy'e things li!e form, melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, instrumentation, and lyrics in both popular and classical music. (nce moti ation and rapport is established, other styles of music can then be successfully integrated into the students& musical experiences.

Music literacy is the !ey to success and enjoyment of music. As an educator, " will present musical concepts and ideas in a se)uential order utili'ing the *odaly method. This process will facilitate learning through all modes of learning by encouraging acti e listening, reading and writing of notation, and manipulation of learning tools. This process also creates a solid foundation for future experiences. +oung students will more )uic!ly de elop musical literacy through the utili'ation of the *odaly method. As a music educator, it is not enough to ha e an award%winning ensemble, a touring marching band, or a highly regarded chorus. ,a ing students that are

successful and enjoy music is the greatest symbol of an educator&s success. Music educators ha e a responsibility to reach out to each and e ery indi idual, young or old, and share the experience of music.