Why I Teach Music – Part II

by Carla Johnson on March 13th, 2013

If you have ever asked a school teacher why you or your child needed to study Music, I have some thoughts for you. For many years, I have been teaching Music to Grades 7 & 8 and am asked that question every year. It’s not, actually, a tough one for me to answer.

My goal as a teacher is to use each opportunity to build up my students, so I have learned to answer carefully.  My favourite response is, “I don’t know why you need to study Music. I don’t know because I don’t know what your future holds. I only know I want you to have every opportunity in the future.” Sometimes I answer, “You need to study Music because you are a musician. I know you are a musician, but if you don’t know it, I’m going to help you see it.”

I think my answers are awesome… and true. They are so much better than the weak, defensive, “Because the government said so.” Plus, my answers give me a great chance to help the student think about their life in a bigger way as we discuss it.

If you understand what  I am saying, I think you will like this poster. My daughter’s Music teacher gave it to each of her students. It celebrates Music from a rich & intelligent angle. There are many, many important reasons to study Music in school and in fact, we need to study it more than we do.

Did you see my previous image “Why I Teach Music.”?

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