"I'm teaching my first love: conducting. To be able to develop future conductors and their techniques is really very exciting. I'm teaching students to be conductors because part of what they have to do in a school situation is conduct ensembles. This is a different slant. They're actually teaching but they have to have the conducting skills to do it, teach through the medium of performance. They have to develop the conducting skills to be able to communicate with their students. From the beginning of the semester to the end of the semester, it's nice to see students' development."
"Teaching in the Music Education Department, you have to prepare people to do it all. Most state certificates for music educators are not area- and grade-specific like those for English or science. As a public school music teacher in Massachusetts, your certification will be K–12, all ages, all levels. So Berklee students who plan to enter public education need experiences that will help them become proficient in teaching brass, voice, strings, and woodwinds. Plus, if the school where they are teaching has a football team, nine times out of ten they will be responsible for the marching band. So they have to have all of these experiences."
"I love teaching. I really love it. When you're talking to a student and you see her make a connectionthat's a wonderful feeling to have as a teacher. And I just want to pass that on to my students: that you have to love what you're doing. If you can't sell yourself to the students first, no matter what good things you say, if you don't show that you want to be there, you won't reach them."
"In Music Education, what intrigues me is the whole process of quicklywe hope!bringing students from studenthood to professionalism. I think we are perhaps the only department where students have to prove they can do the job before they graduate. They have to do that internship and pass it."
"I teach Vocal Methods, Vocal Conducting, and Vocal Rehearsal Techniques. One of the goals of each of these classes is for the teacher to be able to present correct vocal demonstrations to the student or group. The teacher needs to be able to make expressive conducting gestures that communicate the meaning of the music to the performers and, in turn, to the listeners. Students also learn how to lead well-organized choral rehearsals."
"I taught at all levels in the public schools for 36 years. There are a lot of things I learned the hard way that I wish somebody had told me when I was an undergraduate—for example, that you can achieve great things at all levels, not just high school. I had to develop a vision for what students at all levels can achieve and search out resources. There are also organizational tidbits that nobody ever tells you, like what you need to know when you take a choir out of the school to perform. These are the kinds of things I give my students to make their road easier."