Musical Story Body Map Reflection I found this assignment quite challenging at first as music has never been a huge part of my life. As I sat in class listening to the prompts that were being listed, I struggled to find an answer to most of prompts. At the end of the class as I looked around at my peer’s completed body maps, I felt ashamed that mine was just this blank page with a couple of answers scribbled down. Embarrassed of my body map, I quickly folded it up and placed it in my backpack in fear that someone else was going to see it. As the week went by and it felt like the body map was nagging me and say, “come on, you have to finish this,” which I completely dreaded. I think this was because I knew how challenging it was for me to answer the prompts in class and so I would be stuck in the same scenario at home. Finally, on a Thursday afternoon, I decided to open up the prompts file on my computer, brought out my body map and I was surprised at how well I was able to answer the questions this time around. To start off, I went with explaining where I am from which lead to the rest of the answers I was looking for. I live in Mississauga and I have done so my entire life. My background is supposedly Scottish and French from my dad’s side of the family and Irish and English from my mom’s. Growing up, I have never been heavily influenced by music; the only times I ever remember listening to music would either been in the car or when I was watching a movie. I guess that is where my love for Beauty and the Beast stemmed from and why the scene where Belle and Beast dance in the ballroom is probably my favourite musical moment. When I was young, I used to have sleepovers with my aunt all the time and I specifically remember always listening to Shania Twain when we were driving. I remember being heartbroken when I found out that she did not tour. In 2015, I found out that Shaina was back on tour and I couldn’t have
been happier. Once I had bought the tickets, I could not wait for the concert to begin as I had been waiting for this moment my entire life. As a teacher, I am a little nervous to be teaching music as I want to make sure it is fun, exciting and engaging, rather than dull and boring like some of my previous experiences have been. With an ECE background, I am not new to singing and I know that I do not have a beautiful voice I just hope that my students and I will be able to enjoy music as much as I did in the second grade. My second grade teacher would bring his guitar in every so often and he would play popular children songs and the whole class would sing along. It felt like we spent the entire school day singing which was fun as we were able to take a break from academic learning. Unfortunately, I do not play an instrument which is why I am looking forward to learning how to read music as it would be nice to be able to play the piano one day. As I sit here, reflecting on my musical experience and my musical body map I am surprised at how much of my life has been influenced by music; some of it is included on my body map and some of it isnâ€™t. Overall, I hope that my personal musical experiences along with what I learn in this class will help me be able to provide musical environment where my students will be able to create their very own musical experiences. I do not really remember much about my musical education throughout my elementary school years and so I hope that as a teacher I am able to implement fun, exciting and engaging music lessons which my students will be able to enjoy and remember.