My Musical Story: Gabriela Gonzalez
The outline I made of myself in an standing posture with my hands above my head and my hair spiralling outwards, reflects my spirituality and unwillingness to comfort to normal standards of beauty. It also shows that I aspire to find a state of balance and calmness within a chaotic world. My hair, curly and everywhere, symbolizes courage, freedom, positive energy, sense of discovery, willingness and curiosity to learn about all things, and discover different places. I have encountered music throughout life at different ages and stages of my development. I have illustrated some influences, such as school, school choirs, band class ( I played the clarinet), and some of the most influential music decades that influenced me during my adolescent (for better or for worse). Now, during my adult years, I travelled much and encountered music at a more personal level. My travels to Korea influenced my perspective on pop music â€“ as I was introduced to K-pop and the varying standards of fashion and beauty that come with it. During my travels to Spain, I discovered electronic music, various Spanish music, but most importantly the acoustic guitar. I had a flat-mate that used to play the guitar on our balcony â€“ here he is depicted as leaning against the wall in the dining room during a blackout we had one summer afternoon. My travels to Morocco acquainted me to the music of the Sahara desert â€“ drum beats echoing loudly across the great expanse filled with sand, sand dunes, stars, and endless sky. Finally, the Canadian wilderness, the lone cry of the loony, the crackling wood burning fiercely despite the wind or rain, the swish swash of the canoe as cuts across water. I am always apprehensive about music, however. Never good at remembering artist names, knowing what kind of music I like, why, and all that. It has been an awkward
conversation, primarily because some music is in and some out, depending where you are and with who you are talking to. Elementary school is where I feel I paid most attention to music. I listened the 90â€™s divas, and made-up dances with friends, and joined the school choir, learnt to play the recorder (but never too well). It is when I learnt about pop and grunge and rock music. I will remember that when and if I have to teach music. Music is part of life and creating a positive experience for students will shape their relationship with music throughout their lives. I want to influence them positively, so I would like to be a enthusiastically rich music teacher with lots to offer. I am more than happy to be a part of this class and hope that it offers us a rich dynamic experience. I hope its challenging and fun, but also gives us room to breath and collect our thoughts.
I have always wanted to learn the piano and have taken 1.5 years
worth of classes during my time abroad. I would most definitely like to continue learning to play. The most challenging bit is learning to read notes quickly. I hope that we can go over music theory in class as much of my music experience in school had very little to do with music theory. I did take up the clarinet in secondary school. I found that a rewarding experience, but it was not that great. It really depended on the teacher. Some teachers had poor class management skills and spent a lot of time trying bring the class to attention rather than teaching. I often felt that some students were given more attention than others, which probably influenced my decision to stop learning music. Now looking back at that, it really is unfortunate, as I think I would have really enjoyed learning music into the higher levels of schooling. I hope to inspire students.
What's music mean to me? How has it influenced my experiences? What kind of teacher do I want to be?