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"In Conducting 1 and 2, one of my goals is to expose students to this facet of a well-rounded music education. We focus not only on the technical aspects of conducting but also on other aspects of musicianship, like how to decipher a score and how to work with a soloist. This contributes to the overall literacy and leadership skills of my students whether they are jazz, contemporary, or classical musicians."
"Twice a semester I ask my students to observe a live rehearsal of any type of ensemble with a conductor. When they come back to class, they’re full of questions. They’ll ask, for example, 'We talked about doing it this way in class, why did the conductor do it that way?' It’s important for them to be able to critically evaluate themselves and others, so I also play videos of different conductors conducting the same piece and ask them to critique them as they would critique each other."
"I’ve been fortunate to have had many passionate music teachers in high school and college who inspired me to be involved in teaching music in some way. I began my undergraduate studies in music education and cello performance, then I got hooked on conducting after working with ensembles from my student teaching in the public schools and my work with collegiate, community, and professional orchestras."
"Curiosity about every aspect of music really helped me become a more thoughtful conductor, educator, and musician. So being exposed to as many professional and artistic skills as possible is something I work hard to communicate to my students. I encourage them to be open-minded about their activities as musicians and students, and I tell them not to be afraid to experiment with a project they’re not yet comfortable with. Every skill and concept in music is connected. When you absorb ideas like a sponge, that’s what makes that large web clearer and clearer. I want my students to leave my class feeling that they have become more well-rounded, better educated, more curious, and more interesting musicians."