I believe that everyone has a natural tendency to want to learn and explore. I do not believe that schools need to force learning on students (as long as they tap into their natural curiosity).
I believe that the purpose of schools is to inspire students to be curious, creative, innovative, passionate and compassionate.
I believe that music has a unique opportunity to inspire students to be creative, critical and emotional thinkers which is essential to being a successful member of the twenty-first century.
I believe that music education should foster the understanding that music is an integral part of life and help students explore the various ways that they can involve themselves in music throughout their lives. Music is a part of the human experience and education can show students how they can be involved with this human experience, beyond general music, beyond band and beyond public school.
I believe that all music has merit, and all music can have a legitimate place in schools. The phrase “good repertoire” tends to be a code word for old thinking. Schools should have many opportunities for many different kinds of music, that relate to students and relate to the current cultural context of the community.
I believe that education has a responsibility to make the changes/reforms that are necessary to provide the best education possible. Education is the life blood of a society and critical to improving the quality of life. The educational system and everyone in the educational system has the potential to change the world - cliche…but true.
When I was finishing up my undergrad we wrote a creed/I believe paper….I dug up that paper and read it. My beliefs have always been grounded in the same general ideas, but they have defiantly evolved over time. —->Click here to read to my creed from 2008