Instructor of Music
Master of Music
experience: 33 years teaching, composing and performing music.
Teaching philosophy: During the last 21 years, the education of
Clarke students in accordance with the university mission has always been my
primary focus. With the BVM core values of freedom, education, charity and
justice, at its heart, the university mission inspires and instructs my teaching.
I strive to help each student to develop his/her aesthetic potential, which is
sensitivity and responsiveness to that which is beautiful in music. Underlying
this effort is my teaching philosophy, which is also my life philosophy: learn
– share – make things better.
As the son of two dedicated teachers, I have benefitted from
a life of educational freedom with learning opportunities both in and out of
the classroom. My parents’ example of continuous learning, sharing, and making
a positive difference in the lives of others opened my eyes to the
opportunities/challenges of the teaching profession. My commitment to expand
student accessibility to learning resources (Moodle/Blackboard) allows each
student the freedom to choose the learning conditions that are best for them.
I believe that we are all born to learn. I make every effort
to create optimal opportunities for my students to learn new knowledge and
skills that they can then share with others – their future students. An essential part of this process is my own
need/opportunity to deepen and broaden my personal knowledge and skills. Besides
having more knowledge and skills to share with my students, my example of
constant self-improvement may inspire them to lifelong learning.
Regardless of the teaching setting, I strive to create warm and
supportive surroundings. I ask engaging questions and ask that each student
write his/her responses. Each student is then invited to contribute these
thoughts to the discussion. By giving my students time to consider their
responses and then listening with respect to their input, I foster trust and
In order to share knowledge and skills with my students, I
must also continue to hone my communication skills. I teach a wide variety of
music classes; instrumental methods for majors, ensemble rehearsals, general
education, as well as individual lessons. Each type of learning situation
utilizes a different combination of communication skills for optimum learning.
Through words and deeds, both mine and theirs, students live and learn in a
just atmosphere and develop habits that foster social justice.
day at Clarke, I have the opportunity to share knowledge and skills with
students in an environment which values freedom, education, charity and
justice. In this environment, I have the best opportunity to challenge students
to learn – share – make things better.
Movie – Wizard of
Book – The Little
Engine That Could
Quote – “If
you’re not modeling what you’re teaching you’re teaching something else.”
Class in college –
Place traveled – Vienna,
Hobby – Croquet