Randi Ruff Intro-Music Ed Essay #2 The choice to become a music educator is not an easy one. Most find that their inspiration comes from themselves having a great music teacher in which they want to imitate. Others, unfortunately, see teaching as a career that includes three months of “free time.” When I decided to go to college to become a music teacher, it was because of my love for music. I knew that I had to be involved in music of some sort to be a happy person and lead a happy life. I felt I had more to offer as a teacher of music, rather than a performer. My music experience during my school years was excellent, so what better way to give back then give other kids the same opportunity to love music as I had. As an aspiring teacher, I believe that my goal is not to produce virtuosos or to win the many contests, which seem to be a tremendous deal here in Ohio, but to give enough information out for the students to absorb and make music a positive and stable element in their lives forever. I know fully that not all students and people in general will feel the passion I feel for music, but everyone has the ability to love music if given the chance. In order to reach my goal of reaching out to the students and such, I need to become a teacher with compassion, patience and the spiritedness that captures the attention of others and holds them captivated. Also, the ability to decipher between right and wrong and to think rationally, not emotionally is very key to teaching in general. I do doubt whether this is the right profession for me, and whether I have what it takes to teach students correctly and in a manner in which will secure retention. I do also believe that it takes more than just a passion for something to be able to teach it. We all know of teachers that were amazing at what they taught or loved it beyond anything else, but had no clue how to teach the concepts to others. It takes a special personality and patience to reach the students and explain subjects in a manner that all will understand. I do believe I have the passion and the ambition to work for my goal as a teacher, but whether I have the patience, I’m not sure. Patience is not something I can learn in a classroom, it is something I need to work on as an individual. On the outside, I may look like I have patience, but really it’s killing me on the inside. Responsibility is also a major factor when considering becoming a teacher. Sitting here thinking about the place as a role model that I may become to some of my students is very scary to me. Another form of responsibility comes in when I realize that I will have a room full of many students at one time, and I wonder whether I will be able to control them. I am responsible for their safety. Then there is the responsibility of making sure that I’m teaching material in a manner that all will comprehend, which can be very difficult. This is very overwhelming to me right now. Just thinking about it makes me nervous, but I believe as I become more secure with myself and the idea of me being a teacher, these insecurities will lessen. In the end, I believe I have the skills, ambition and personality it takes to become a teacher. But do I have what it takes to become a great teacher? I’m not sure yet, and that is the only idea that makes me doubt my choice of profession. I have a responsibility to educate tomorrow’s students and shape their lives so they may become well-rounded individuals down the road. I feel that if I have any doubts about my ability to do this, than I need to really consider if teaching is right for me. Within the past year, my moving here and becoming involved in this music education degree, confidence in my ability to become a great teacher has risen. I have two years to hone my skills and learn what it takes to become a great teacher and work on my weaknesses. I feel that if I stay on course, I will be ready and prepared when my time to graduate comes.