Original Post 10/11/16
Because I have been their teacher, students should be able to understand basic musical concepts. Once they graduate and leave my classroom they should be able to engage in different music making. As their teacher, I will have given them the right tools to help them succeed in learning They will also be able to identify different instruments and their sounds (including percussion).
Something else I want my students to have when they leave is learning accountability and responsibility. They will be responsible for learning their individual parts and coming to rehearsal prepared. This is especially important for music because an ensemble doesn’t work if no one knows their parts. This is helpful for other classes/situations as well as music. My students will know how to play in an ensemble and work as a “team” to make one coherent sound.
In addition to knowing notes, and how to play in an ensemble they will understand basic music theory concepts. I believe in order to truly understand music you need to know the fundamentals. This means my students will be able to identify chords, and their qualities, as well as different rhythms in different time signatures. They will know what part of the chord they are in any piece of music. Lastly, I will make sure they know the history, context, and story behind whatever piece we are playing. This will teach them how important other information besides what is on the page is crucial to the performance.
Students will not only learn how to play an instrument, when they move on from my classroom they will understand responsibility, how to work as a team efficiently, and how to blend as an ensemble. What I think is most important is both the skills they will learn about music (notes, theory, etc.) but also skills that come from being in an ensemble (responsibility, teamwork, etc.) that will be useful in other aspects of their life.
After my experiences teaching and working with various students the past three years I have adjusted and added to what my students will learn because I have been their teacher.
By going through my classes students should learn how to engage in music with themselves and each other. They should be able to discuss and compare and contrast different genres of music, as well as the composers/writers that are associated with those different genres. Lastly, they should be able to collaborate and create music through many different mediums including garageband, finale, and makey makey.
In addition to all the curriculum based learning they're going to receive I hope my student's learn team-work and cooperation. In my classroom there will be numerous chances for students to make music together that will give them the skills to work with other people outside my class. They'll learn responsibility and accountability to come to class prepared by learning their part or completing an homework their might be.
As a teacher I hope that my students learn how to engage in music with other people, as well discuss and analyze different genres of music from various time periods. In addition to all the musical skill skills they'll learn in my classroom, I hope they'll acquire teamwork and cooperation skills they can use outside of my classes.
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