Philosophy on Education
The basis of my philosophy on education is a student-centered approach in which every single student is set up for success. I achieve this through the concept of mastering independent component skills before combining them into more complex skills. I first begin each day with something that all of my students will be successful and build on from there. For example, on the first day of a beginner clarinet class, I would begin with the most basic component skill that I feel all of my students can be successful at: playing position. I would systematically teach the process of sitting correctly in a chair so all energy is used efficiently and there is the least amount of tension. In the same class, I would also teach the musical alphabet, how to take care of the clarinet, how to open the case, and how to put together the clarinet, if there is time. The next day, I would review each skill independently and add on others such as breathing, forming the embouchure, the treble clef, etc. The key element is that each skill is taught and mastered independently. Once skills are mastered, I would begin to combine them. This sequenced approach allows my students multiple opportunities over many days to exhibit mastery of a skill. For this process to work, there is frequent formal and informal assessment on my part. Many time each class I check for understanding and mastery of skills and provide positive and negative feedback as appropriate.
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