“The main thing that I’d like people to come away from my classes with is the idea that writing is actually fun.”
"A lot of the students have never been to the museum, and when we go, it’s an epiphany. So they really enjoy that part of it, and so do I."
"You can't know where you're going unless you know where you are, and where you came from. When you put those three things together, you have the best formula for making a successful impact on your craft and on the world of music."
"Even though you're getting a music degree, having a college degree means that you've been exposed to a whole range of different things, not just an isolated, focused study."
"My rule of thumb is very simple: whatever you're working on, make it valuable today."
"When I teach writing, I try to teach it as a craft and explain to students that it's an art, just like music. It may not be your chosen art, but we can learn about music by studying writing."
"What's most important to me in the classroom is creating a community where everyone feels safe to talk about their opinions, to explore questions, and to have answers that might be wrong."
"A good thing about music business is that it gives somebody a wonderful fallback; while they're working on getting their footing in the music industry, they will get a decent job. That's important."
"I want students to be able to see how they can apply psychology in their daily lives, and I hope that when students leave the classroom they are able to share in some of the enthusiasm for psychology that I have."
"The big thing I want for my students is to not be apathetic and to see that they are a part of history like everyone else."
"It's a demystifying experience when students talk about art in the classroom and then in the Museum of Fine Arts. We are incredibly fortunate to be so close to the museum, and we spend a lot of time there."
"I teach Principles of Music Acoustics, Applications of Acoustics, and Concepts of Mathematics. I really enjoy this huge spectrum of learners that I have. My acoustics class has to exist simultaneously as a general audience class for students who might not have had high school physics to students who have master's degrees in mechanical engineering. It's the task of the educator to keep everyone engaged and to be not the teacher but the facilitator. I really want the mechanical engineer to sit down with the great bass player who doesn't have that background, and I think I can create an environment wherein they both learn a lot from each other."
"My wish is for students to embrace 'the dark side' and realize that science rocks!"
"My philosophy is based on the process of listening to music you find compelling and then seeking to find your own voice, rather than imitation. I believe a great musician listens to life and integrates it into their music, making connections that are true and sincere."
"I try to give students the resources and the support they need and to create an environment in which they can succeed."
"Students need to see that writing a good essay is really the same as writing a good cover letter."
"Writing about literature and drama helps students with their lyric writing and ability to promote themselves as music professionals. Thinking critically about other art forms teaches them to connect with others and to discover and express new ideas."
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"I like to push my students to be self-motivated. For me, it isn't about the grades they will receive but rather the knowledge and skill set they can build on."
"When I teach a course, I draw on several disciplines so that students can appreciate the music we're studying as a product of a particular place, time, and technology."
"One of my favorite teaching philosophies: education is not about filling boxes but about lighting fires. I try to bring this energy to each and every class."
"I find that this age group really identifies with their own coming of age, so I focus on that kind of literature and get them thinking about all the different ways we come of age—those pivotal moments in our lives when we move in new or unexpected directions."
"It's true that you can generalize from African drumming to Indian drumming or to Irish bodhran drumming. But liberal arts courses teach generalizable skills that can be applied in every area of the student's life. There are skills of reasoning, problem-solving, learning how to write and express oneself, and generally how to understand the human drama a little more deeply."
"We always need to write for some audience at some point that is beyond texting and Facebook. It is a practice. Can you be a good musician without practice?"
"Liberal arts means that there's a lot of freedom to study a lot of different things that are relevant and that matter and that are a part of a whole. And the whole is your life. So liberal arts gives you the opportunity to study things that are of interest and that can inform your life and that can sometimes spark something in you that you had no idea was there. Liberal arts is there to help people think more effectively, to problem solve more effectively. It's there to help people appreciate relationships, to appreciate the different things that are involved just in being alive. If you're interested in getting a lot more tools to use for the rest of your life, that's what liberal arts is for."