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Music Education Philosophy: Jack Schmidt

Music Education

Jack Schmidt
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As an educator, my role is to help students to become better musicians and expand their

knowledge of musical theory and performance while also being an educator who holds students

to a high standard and makes sure they are able to obtain not only goals the school system and

yourself have set for them, but goals they have set for themselves as well. Students need music

in their lives as an escape from the rest of their core classes to express themselves just like art,

physical education, and other types of extra-curricular classes before and after school that they

can enjoy. It is important as an educator to not only be a strict and discipline focused leader, but

also be able to interact with students on a personal level so that you can maintain a high standard

of teaching without sacrificing your connection to students you will have in your class. An

educator needs to ensure that lessons, whether they are about musical or not, are impactful and

important to the students so that they can work to become better musicians, better members of

society, and maintain a high self-esteem throughout their educational career.

Student learning is the most important part of being an educator in a music setting.

Learning in music is not based on just understanding the difference of a major or minor 3rd, but

rather a whole set of ideas that can be used in real life situations. Students must learn to work in

an ensemble in a way that is similar to any job that is open to them. They are taught that their

goals in life are not only relevant to them, but also makes a difference in how the entire band will

perform. Students who are unable to perform with the band or are unable to reach the goals set

by the classroom should be encouraged to ask for help. Another important skill learned in a

music classroom is communication. Communication in a classroom is the most important skill

for students to be able to learn properly and interact in a way that is beneficial to them.

Educators needs to give students as many resources as allowed and possible so that students are
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able to keep up to date as well as inform the educator of any issues or concerns in a class. This

needs to be met with a professional and friendly manner so that students are not afraid to

communicate if there are issues, they are having. As an educator, it is your job to make sure

these students have reached the goals you have set for them in any way possible. No student, no

matter what the issue, should be left behind or felt like they are being left behind and it is your

job, as an educator, to make sure you can help as much as possible.

An educator’s job will also be difficult, as there are tough decisions that will have to be

made. If a student seems uninterested or is not able to reach the goals set for your classroom

even after much assistance, it is your job as an educator to decide whether or not music is right

for the student. Music is not a class for everyone, and it is not a class that is a necessity for all

students. This means that it should not be taken lightly, and it should be held to a standard just

as high, if not higher, than most core classes. As an educator, you need to make sure you are

doing what is always best for the student, even if that means you have to make a tough decision.

A student’s self-esteem, well-being, and educational career is more important than their musical

talent or knowledge.

While it is not a core class, music is an important part of a students learning career.

Students should take away lessons that not only focus on the musical aspects, but also the social.

Having students work together in small groups to learn how to better play a section from a song

is working on communication, social interactions, and even problem solving in a group. Even in

afterschool activities such as marching band, jazz band, pep band, and any other types of musical

programs, students will be interacting with other students, other members of the school, and even

members of their own communities. These interactions will not only lead to better connection to
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those in their communities, but also to better social skills needed to be a fully successful member

or society.

My job as an educator is to hold students to a high standard and make sure they obtain

that goal, ensuring that their learning is valuable and useable in society. Using music and music

theory, my job is to ensure students are not only able to become better musicians, but also learn

better social and communicational skills that will translate into better performance not only in

school, but also in their daily lives. It is the teachers job to ensure every student is getting the

most out of their school day so that no time is wasted on them and they feel important and better

prepared for growing up and continuing their educational and community driven goals.