Ashley Hall's Professional Education Portfolio

K-12 Certified Music Educator

Substandard E


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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