Philosophy of Music Teacher Education
Coming Into Your Own
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          Musical journeys do not cease once students enter academia. Since a goal music education is to foster lifelong musicianship, it is hoped that students would opt to participate in collegiate music experiences, even if they do not major in music or music education.
          Students in college run the gamut (a wonderful phrase drawn from early music history), just like K-12 students. However, these students tend to be much more set in their ways and though they are struggling for a sense of identity, they seem to have already formed a very solid one. The over-arching purpose of collegiate music education is to continue to expose students to new and diverse musical ideas, sense of community (personal and social), and help them develop musical skills. An additional goal of collegiate music education for music education majors is to help them understand pedagogy, the nature of students, and the nature of learning.
          It is important that music education students understand that while they will always be music “performers” (or “doers”) they must now transition to music “educators” (or “providers”). It is important for them to understand the focus is now on getting the most out of their students, and meeting student needs and not serving their own agendas. While valuing their unique experiences and contributions, it is important to help them remove biases and pre-conceived assumptions or
         The study of music offers unique challenges with a language and skill-set all its own. Students should have access to the many valuable experiences specific to music. By achieving these musical outcomes and participating in music class students will gain self-esteem, knowledge, growth and identity that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
        Whether musical or social, there are many positive outcomes for young students from participation in music. Since music is a uniquely human experience, the study of music can provide something uniquely special to help each student grow as a musician and as a person.
       The study of music offers unique challenges with a language and skill-set all its own. Students should have access to the many valuable experiences specific to music. By achieving these musical outcomes and participating in music class students will gain unique knowledge, abilities, skills, self-esteem, growth and identity that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.