“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.



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


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