Ashley Hall's Professional Education Portfolio

K-12 Certified Music Educator

Substandard A

6. RESPONSIBILITIES AND RELATIONSHIPS TO THE GREATER

COMMUNITY

Participation in professional, local, state, national, and global learning communities, including the ability to:

a.  Understand the structure, function, purpose, and value of education and schools in a free, democratic, and pluralistic society;

This substandard addresses the teacher’s ability to promote examples of structure, function, purpose, and value of education and schools in a free, democratic society within the constructs of their teaching.

In most Michigan school districts, music classes at the secondary level are electives. What these means is that the student chooses to enroll and participate in the music classroom outside of their core curricular studies. The fact that American students have the right and are free to choose the classes that make up their curriculum is the first demonstration by schools towards the value of living in a democratic society.

Secondly, music classes vary greatly in the types of content it teaches. While I focus on the instrumental teachings of music (concert, marching, jazz, pep, small ensembles, etc.), I am certified to teach music in all contexts; historical, theoretical, vocal, general, worldly, and so on. There is also more than one professional career path for teaching music: education is mine, but there is also professional preforming, music therapy, professional conducting, music business, music secretarial work, music analyst, etc. It’s my job as a music educator to help guide my students interested in music down the right career path for them.

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