“Everything doesn’t come out as you expect when teaching kids music, and that’s what I really like about it.”

Emily Curran has been playing music since she was five years old, and now she’s enrolled in the U of M’s music education program, concentrating in percussion. As a high school student, she volunteered at an elementary school, and was inspired by the teacher’s ability to create a positive experience for all kids. “She emphasized having compassion for everyone and it was a space where students could trust one another and break off from what they do in regular classes,” says Emily. Emily is also an Honors student and pursuing a French major, so she would like to teach in a French speaking country or French immersion school.

Read more about Emily’s advice to future teachers.

Emily


Philosophy:

Music education is not necessarily trying to make kids professional musicians, but about using music as a vehicle to becoming a better person.”


Community:

Kids gain a lot when they do music because it builds community and also gives them connections to other cultures.”