The purpose of this page is to be an index for the different abilities related to music teaching I have acquired during my time here at James Madison University.
Evidence of ability to plan and assess
- Designing a unit curricula for the Creative Kids Co-Op involved intentionally preparing goals, essential questions, methods of assessment, and understanding the context of where I was teaching.
- I developed a course proposal for a Secondary General Music Course called "Musical Responses" - this involved extensive planning, including a course outline, example lesson plans, and a proposed budget.
- Choosing a song to teach at the Creative Kids Co-Op involved planning slides, as well as determining benchmark standards that students would reach and how I would assess them based on these standards.
Evidence of ability to modify plans to improve student learning
Examples of student work/learning
Evidence of ability to develop a positive climate and manage behavior
- Facilitating a JMUke event at Court Square Theatre meant creating a positive environment where participants felt safe to engage in a new activity.
- I designed a movement activity - in order for this to be successful, the environment I created had to be encouraging so that students felt comfortable combining music with movement.
Evidence of ability to meet needs of diverse learners
- Walking around JMU's campus and identifying areas and their relation to access and inclusion during Disability Awareness Week enlightened me to ways that I can be better meeting others' needs.
- Practicing "winding it back" in this activity demonstrated how I can meet the variety of students' learning needs.
Technology projects and other evidence of ability to employ technology
- Utilizing the technologies, Scratch and Makey Makey, I co-developed a musicking activity called Draw Your Own Music.
- To create this podcast, I experimented with GarageBand to edit, splice, and combine audio files and music.
- Creating this song based on a picture required the use of Soundtrap to combine loops together.
Evidence of reflection/growth
- Learning how to play the banjo was a difficult experience for me, but I grew by recognizing ways in which I was uncomfortable and transferring those ideas and thoughts to how I would develop my future classroom.
- In my Honors Capstone Project, I video recorded, transcribed, and analyzed my reflections after each class period. Through this process, I was able to identify major themes in how I grew as a human being and music educator.
- Learning the ukulele has been one of the highlights of my undergraduate experience here. I documented and reflected on the progress I had made within the first three months of me picking up the instrument.
Evidence of ability to work with others: colleagues, parents, community
- Planning a music making and songwriting activity at JMU Bridges International's Thanksgiving Feast required communication with the organization and colleagues to ensure the event went smoothly.
- Collaborating with local community partners, as well as my peers, was required for a successful and fulfilling practicum experience at the Creative Kids Co-op.
- Designing and editing a musical experience with a peer, then implementing our activity at local elementary school's Music Night called for collaboration with the community around me.
Evidence of commitment to professional growth
- Attending and presenting at the Illinois Music Educators Conference, Virginia Music Educators Conference, and the JMU Teaching and Learning through Technology Conference, was a way for me to grow in my knowledge about the field of music education.
- Writing this research paper about multicultural music education expanded my knowledge about the topic and increased my commitment to including all cultures in the music classroom.
- Building my own instrument taught me how to challenge myself in an area of music making that I had never experienced before.
- In this inquiry project on team teaching, I reviewed resources that would help me better understand the benefits and deficits of working with another music teacher.