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Music beliefs

Music Performance

From my personal experience I know that music performance is a very important determinant of self-confidence and social skills. The teamwork, peer interaction, problem solving and tolerance of others –all contribute to developing social skills. There are communication skills, there are organisational skills, there is even self-discipline in having to practice and come up with the goods, there is memory training and involvement of whole cognitive skills. The musical education at schools should be something fundamental rather than a marginal hobby.

My beliefs as a music teacher

The study of music is essential to the emotional, intellectual, physical and social growth and well being of all students, contributing in a profound way to a complete understanding of their world. As a music educator I strive to inspire students with music, foster collaborative work practices to set open-ended, inclusive tasks that encourage students to work to there full potential. I encourage innovative approaches in the creation and performance of music, which will enhance imaginative thinking and self–expression. My intentions are to develop the whole student, in integrating music into the whole curriculum, to facilitate the learning process rather than to direct. The musical development of a child should be a creative fun process through rhythmic and melodic materials, games and activities that involves the whole class.
I believe that music education should be fun, creative and innovative exploration of the sounds and rhythms around us. In primary or secondary schools students should be exposed to the creative process of learning about music. The musical activities should be relevant and entertaining. But music is not just entertainment it is a subject that allows us to explore our world with sounds and meaning.
In a group of students I like teaching music using Zoltan Kodaly system. It is a singing based system, and singing is the most natural thing to do for the human body. The Kodaly ideas of teaching young children were adopted by many European cultures that benefited from their own cultural heritage of folk songs.
Also, in my classroom teaching I use Carl Orff techniques. His theory on music education involves a great process of exploration and experience that contributes to the musical discovery. I believe that children’s education about music starts with exploration and experience. They should explore the world of sounds, music around them and reflect on it. My role as a teacher is to bring joy and enlightenment to the musical education, to bring the sense of beauty and wonder through music.

 

Creativeness

I believe that musical education should be as a creative as possible to foster the full potential of students, to discover the talents and nurture them through creative activities.
Composition is a self-discovery and a core of creativity. That is why I encourage composition in my piano teaching and in the class with students. It is important to reflect on things and sounds through composition as a mean of creativity. Composition can be and is already part of the curriculum at some schools, where students use technology to compose their piece of music on computer. Composing is something that students can explore and have fun.

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