A PHILOSOPHY FOR SUCCESS
- your values and beliefs
is virtually impossible to be successful in the field of education
without having formulated a personal teaching philosophy. This
philosophy, based on a lifetime of personal experiences and
observations, should serve as the foundation for your ability
to achieve success. It should be noted that not every teacher
selects music as their subject matter. What all teachers do
share however, is the wonderful opportunity to include "lessons
of life" as part of their daily classes. Therefore, what you
value as being important, and what you believe in, should certainly
be a reflection of your approach to teaching both music and
the commonly accepted ideals of citizenship.
FIVE STEP APPROACH TO DEVELOPING A SUCCESSFUL PHILOSOPHY
the process of developing a successful philosophy by observing
the people around you. (find the best role-models/master teachers
that are available)
able to communicate your philosophy is an absolute necessity.
anything good takes time to develop.
must be the role-model of your own philosophy.
be prepared to change and adjust your philosophy.
OF AN OUTSTANDING REHEARSAL
outstanding rehearsal starts with an outstanding teacher.
The educational attitude that is reflected on the podium will
have a tremendous impact on the success or failure of the
conductor’s rehearsal time.
outstanding rehearsal starts with an outstanding musician.
A thorough knowledge of music, as it pertains to musical performance,
is an attribute that every conductor should possess.
outstanding rehearsal is well organized and planned in advance.
Avoid doing your homework on the podium.
to plan means you are planning to fail.
outstanding rehearsal can be achieved if your "people" skills
will allow you to relate to your students in a highly positive
your students won’t care how much you know until they know how
much you care.
Capital University Conservatory of Music