We asked NAfME Members: “What does being a music teacher mean to YOU?” and “Who inspired YOU to become a music teacher?”
Here are some of the responses we received during Teacher Appreciation Week:
What Does Being a Music Educator Mean To YOU?
Who Inspired YOU To Become a Music Teacher?
So thankful for my middle school, high school and college band directors! #ThankATeacher
Definitely my high school band director. He made me want to share my love of music with everyone! #ThankATeacher
My high school band director Paul Montanari is one of the biggest reasons I am a music teacher. Of all my teachers in high school, he was the only one that encouraged me to be a teacher. I also owe the late Bob Portera for seeing my passion for me music and subtlety nudging back in after my life lead me in a different direction. (I was almost an English teacher or an accountant!) Many more wonderful educators helped make me a successful educator and to them I am forever grateful.
I am a third generation music teacher in the Philadelphia School District Started with my grandfather in 1949 then my Father, two uncles and me. It’s not just inspiration. It is me. Often I meet people and they say are related to so and so. I say what school did you attend. Then tell them who taught them. It’s us very gratifying to hear stories about my family #ThankATeacher Or in my case thank a family Paul Kauriga Greg Kauriga Dimitri and Paul Kauriga Jr.
My high school choir director. Every choir director in my district has been taught by her or one of her students! What a legacy!
So many teachers! My high school band directors Joe Vrabec and Tracy Runyan. My college Prof., Caroline Jetton inspired me to teach elementary music.
Mr Giacobbe from Pennichuck Jr High in Nashua NH saw I had some potential and didn’t ask me if I wanted to play oboe, he said I had to. So I switched from clarinet and started on a path that led me through high school, youth orchestras and marching bands, to college where I became a music major and met the love of my life, and now to North Carolina where I teach music. My first year I decided we HAD to have an elementary strings program! And now in my second year we do! Confidence, ambition, and high expectations for what I and my students can do is what he really taught me. I am so very thankful – though I’m not sure how thankful my family was about the oboe.
My high school orchestra teacher, Mr. Botterbusch. I had dreams of being a professional clarinet player and he had a great conversation with me about being an educator, and then took me to hear the Harrisburg regional orchestra play, which he played in, and showed me how he could do both but still educate the next generation of performers. It changed my entire point of view.
The music teachers I had from 5-12 grade made me want to be a music teacher. They inspired me so much. And, I already liked to help people. So, I put two and two together and became a music teacher. I had a lot of obstacles in my way, but I made it. I’m here!
Definitely my high school band director! #ThankATeacher
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