My name is Alexis Johnson and I am in my first year of teaching in Arlington Public schools. I am originally from Fairfax, Virginia. I completed my bachelors in Music, with a concentration in Education, from James Madison University. During my time at JMU I participated in several ensembles, served on the leadership of the marching band, and took several opportunities to observe and work with different schools in the area. I am currently in charge of teaching Band and orchestra at 2 Elementary Schools in Arlington, Virginia.
My Musical Goals
Currently, I teach Band and Orchestra at the Elementary level. However, in the future, I would like to become a music teacher at the middle school/high school level. I would love to teach band, orchestra, jazz, and music theory. In addition I hope to keep performing in local community groups. I would like to pursue my Masters in Music Education in a few years, and teach ensembles at the collegiate level.
My Philosophy of Music Education
As a teacher my main objective is to reach every student, and to create lesson plans that cater to every type of learner. It is my hope that students will get more out of my classroom than just learning an instrument, or a piece of music. I hope I can provide opportunities for students to compose and perform their own work, as well as explore musical concepts/ subjects they are interested in. Another one of my objectives is to teach values to my students such as hard work, patience, and the ability to cooperate with others. I will carry out these objectives by writing lesson plans, and creating experiences that have students work with each together without a lot of teacher interference so they can explore curriculum and music on their own. I will also try to include projects that allow students to create music on their own. I believe education is important because without it some students wouldn’t have experiences that they’d otherwise be given in schools. For example, some students might want to learn to play an instrument, but don’t have access to one. As an educator, not only can I provide an instrument, I can also teach the student how to play it, and perform on it. As teacher, my goal is to create experiences that allow me to connect to every one of my students. That is my philosophy of Education.