My Musical Story: Body Map and Reflection 8P12 Sec 1- Arts Across the Curriculum/PJ Music Taylor DeSantis â€“ 5439948
Reflection: My personal music story can be represented by the body map that I have created, following the prompts and points we were encouraged to think of. Some of the prompts were as follows; add features to indicate who you are, where you come from, a recent experience where you encountered music, music interests, what you want to learn about music, what you know about music, your favourite musical moment, your musical experience from elementary school, and what type of music teacher you want to be in the future. When thinking about these prompts and points, I had to write words, draw pictures or symbols that first came to mind.
When thinking about the first prompt of ‘add features to indicate who you are’ and ‘where do you come from?’, I decided to draw pictures of a few different things that represent me across the top of my body map. Since I have brown hair and brown eyes, I chose to represent myself in that way. However, there are various symbols I have also included that represent me that others may not necessarily know. I drew a Canadian flag as I’m born in Canada, a plane with a sun and palm tree as I love to travel and visit different parts of the world, a book as I enjoy reading as a form of relieving stress, the Netflix symbol as watching series and movies is a way for me to relax, a red apple to represent the fact that I’m an Registered Early Childhood Educator and now a Teacher Candidate at Brock University, and lastly a family. I drew a picture of people as I am a part of a family where I have two parents and two siblings, an older brother and a younger sister, who have influenced the person I am today and continue to do so on a regular basis.
When I had to think about a recent experience that I encountered music, what I was doing, who I was with and how it made me feel, I quickly thought of the time that my younger sister and I went to a Taylor Swift concert. My sister and I were huge Taylor Swift fans. Being a huge fan and finally being able to go to my first concert, I was very excited and happy, and it ended up being such a fun experience that continued my enjoyment of wanting to go to concerts in the future. This has been my favourite musical experience in my life so far and is an experience that I will remember forever.
There are various concepts and ideas that I want to learn when it comes to music. When I was first thinking about how I may have to teach music in my future teaching career, it made me feel nervous. However, my first music class as a Teacher Candidate made me realize that it isn’t as scary as it seems, if you are given the right training and show passion for the subject your teaching for your students. I want to learn various techniques and activities I can incorporate into lessons for different grade levels as I think this would be beneficial in students being engaged. Thinking about my current understanding of music, I know there are a bunch of key terms (like tempo, rhythm, beat, timbre), but if I had to describe them to someone, I don’t think I would know how. Personally, I really enjoy listening to any type of music, ranging from country, R&B, rock, and pop music. I find that I choose my genre of music depending on my mood. For example, if I am working out at the gym, I will usually listen to pop as it makes me want to continue running, where if I’m listening to music because I’m upset about something, I will usually choose country music.
Thinking back to a few years ago, I really enjoyed music as a child. Back in Elementary school, I remember bringing my recorder to music class and playing different songs like ‘Hot
Cross Buns’ with my peers. As a child, I always liked playing the xylophone in music class when we got to explore the different instruments during our ‘exploratory time’. The music teacher always had different instruments for us to explore like; rain sticks, maracas, guitars, and xylophones. During this time, I also was a part of my school choir. Singing was always a passion of mine. I remember as a child that my sister and I would put on concerts in our bedrooms, using our beds as the stage, singing all the new and popular songs, and using whatever we could find as our microphones. As I grew older, my interest in music was heightening, so I had decided to join band class. I began in Grade 6 by playing the saxophone, but quickly decided to move to the clarinet in Grade 7 and Grade 8. After middle school, I stopped playing music all together and my interest in music was decreasing. I didn’t join band in high school or sing like I used to when I was a child. My extent of musical experiences now is listening to it to relax, destress or on long car rides, and the occasional concert every year or so.
Lastly, I decided to write various characteristics that I personally want to portray or that I want my music class to portray in my future teaching career for my students. I want to be inspiring for those students who are afraid to come out of their shell, but know that what they have to say is important and worthy. I want my class to be engaging for students so that they look forward to music class and learn as much as possible. I want my class to be fun for all my students, just like how math and science can be fun. Personally, I want to be a strong, organized and respected music teacher like I would as any other primary/junior teacher. Overall, I can’t wait to learn more about how I can successfully teach music to young children!