Ashley Hall's Professional Education Portfolio

K-12 Certified Music Educator

Substandard E

1. SUBJECT MATTER KNOWLEDGE-BASE IN GENERAL AND LIBERAL EDUCATION

An understanding and appreciation of general and liberal arts including English, literature, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural or physical sciences, and the arts, and the ability to:

e. Understand and respect varying points of view and the influence of one’s own and others’ ethics and values;

This substandard addresses the teacher’s ability to create and foster a learning environment that values respect towards students’ differing view points. I address this substandard in the music classroom by asking for student opinions of selections we’re performing or warm ups we’re rehearsing in our textbooks. I also ask for student volunteers to perform selective passages for prosperity. I choose students who I know can play the passage with the correct articulation and good intonation in the hope that their well-played example will serve as a good representation of proper performance for the other students.

Never do I tell an individual student or group of students that “they’re wrong” in their playing. Absolutely, I’ll go back to a passage and individually correct sections or players on incorrect accidentals, dynamics, or something of the like. But never would I tell a student they’re flat-out “wrong” in their interpretation of a piece. This is especially important in the semesters with Solo & Ensemble (solo opportunities for Middle and High School students); if the participating student does not have a private instructor and will be receiving a selection from me, I will let them take a week or two to experiment with it on their own before I give any stylistic suggestions. 

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