Music Educator at Heart

Scholarship Entrant: Jenna from Oreland, Pennsylvania
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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My primary goal for going to school is to graduate with a degree in Music Education so that I can teach music in a classroom setting. Ever since high school, I have known that I wanted to be a music educator, and I have dedicated my life to that dream. I was blessed to have fabulous teachers in all subject areas growing up, but my music teachers always had the greatest effect on me. Music teachers spoke a language that I completely understood. The best teachers are the ones that promote individual proficiency, and that’s just what my high school music teacher did. She saw my potential and gave me incredible leadership opportunities and from then on, I knew that teaching was what I wanted to do with my life.

Earning a degree in Music Education is extremely demanding. It is four years of a full class schedule, hundreds of hours of practicing, performances, observations, and student teaching. But through these experiences, I have had the opportunity to teach at all K-12 grade levels. All of the hours of study and practicing are worth it when you are standing in front of a classroom of students eager to learn and make something beautiful with their voices or instruments. There is no feeling in the world like the happiness of watching one of your students play an instrument successfully or sing a beautiful solo in front of the class. Those small moments of pure joy are why I want to teach.

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