On any given day, one can scroll down Facebook and see inspiring memes and articles about the benefits of music education. Articles sprout up in major newspapers about the benefits of a STEAM education (Science, Technology, English, ARTS, Math) vs. STEM. But all said and done, and much like any other subject, music education only has the magical benefits we all read about when it is taught masterfully. And most parents don’t know if it is taught well or not, especially if they do not have any musical background. This is why I recently wrote a post about what to expect from music teachers, and it’s why I am passionate about writing this blog.
Just because someone has chosen to become a music teacher and is mediocrely teaching the subject in a room in the back of a school does not mean they are doing a huge service to our society. Becoming a music teacher is a huge responsibility that extends far beyond the classroom. If they are to be successful, music teachers sign up to do many things whether they know it or not, including: