My Philosophy of Music Education

Music education is for all! In New York City, students can choose which high school to attend. Students interested in the performing arts may choose to attend high schools like LaGuardia or Talent Unlimited. However, where I teach, we offer music for any interested students. Many times, the students just haven’t been exposed to topics in music education. I teach Chorus, Musical Theater, and Women’s Glee to many beginning high school music students ranging from 9th to 12th grade. There are many challenges, but just turning the students onto musicals, or exposing them to singing in harmony, has many rewards.

Current Challenges:

1. We’re doing Guys and Dolls this year! I didn’t realize that the vocal parts for “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” were so difficult. I’m in the process of looking for a Junior version just for that song.

2. The Beginning Musical Theater class is doing a Musical Revue that includes three group numbers. By popular request, I’ve agreed to do an In the Heights medley. So far, teaching the rhythms to beginning (very!) singers has proved extremely difficult and time-consuming.

Current Rewards:

1. Exposing the students to Fiddler on the Roof medley “Sunrise/ Sunset” and “Sabbath Prayer.”

Enjoy the Mash-up!

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