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|"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."|
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Welcome to Music! I am thrilled to be a part of the Ryan family this year and excited to delve into the basics of this beautiful art form. In music class, we will learn about music through a variety of experiences. We will be singing, dancing and moving, reading musical notation, playing instruments, listening to music, and analyzing music.
My Education and Professional Background
A Chandler resident for 13 years, I attended Bogle Junior High School and graduated from Hamilton High School in 2010. After high school, I pursued my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Northern Arizona University. Upon completion of my Bachelor's degree, I moved to New York City to obtain my Master of Music in Voice from Mannes School of Music. I am extremely excited to be at Ryan Elementary for my third year of teaching and can't wait to inspire hundreds of young musicians!
My Educational Philosophy
There is a simple reason behind my decision to teach. I want to impact lives with the power of musical experience. Teaching is an invitation to a relationship. I invite students into a relationship with music. Music study is an intimate and visceral experience. Through music study we learn about ourselves and about life, a process that is both exhilarating and sometimes difficult. I endeavor to guide students through this process and help them discover a musical voice that is uniquely their own. Moreover, music is a unifying force. It unites those with different backgrounds, different voices, of different ages to become one voice and enrich other's lives. If genuine, lifelong learning is to take place, if students are to develop connections and inspire positive change in their individual lives, they will accept my invitation. As a teacher, it is my duty to make my invitation so compelling, engaging, and persuasive that my students respond with a yes.
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