My dedication to music education stems from my own experience of music as a language of the heart. I believe music possesses a unique ability to engage communities and function as a common form of communication. It is my calling is to help learning communities understand, interpret and make music for the purpose of appreciating commonalities among cultures and societies. A range of contemporary, reliable research studies, as well as sound professional development in related areas, guides my teaching practice. Through my own research, I have evaluated both formal and informal teaching processes, establishing values to which I have bound my own music teaching philosophy. This has led me to become knowledgeable in cutting-edge pedagogies and relevant lesson content. Something I have learned from my current research is that modern music education does not simply happen inside a classroom—it permeates society in its entirety. Therefore, my role as a music educator is specific to helping others balance analytical thinking with the ever-present creative mind.
Roots and Wings A Video Documentary by Ranney Upper School Musicians directed and edited by Tess Nielsen