My personal classroom management/disciplinary philosophy centers around the following principles (There is no specfic order to which I have these listed):
1. Self-Efficacy | Encouragement
2. Positive Attitude | Politeness
3. Collaboration | Team-Work | Harmony | Positive Competition 4. Trust (Students & Teacher) | Fairness
5. Expectations (Fun & Educational) | Organization
6. Community | Relationship
The first concept I have integrated within my personal philosophy supports the idea that all students are worthy of praise no matter where they are in their ability & skill in music. Music is not an easy subject, otherwise everyone would be a rockstar. There is no room for put downs or discouragement in my band room. Any criticism shall be offered with good intention for the purpose of development and progress. I believe that all criticism should be attached with some kind of positive remark assosciated with it.[Example: John, you played those slurred notes really well! Just make sure you make those stacatto notes a little shorter.] Honesty is important, however, delivery of comments & criticism can greatly affect a students attitude depending on how the criticism is delievered. It is important for me to establish a classroom enviornment where compassion is considered in all circumstances.
The second principle relates with the previous concept and requires that all students are kind and polite to each other. Music is a class that should be fun and enjoyable for students. The atmosphere should be friendly and supportive. Any act against politeness or situations where students treat others negatively will not be tolerated in my classroom.
The third aspect of my disciplinary philosophy involves the idea of student/teacher collaboration, teamwork, harmony and positive competition. Music is a subject that requires that all students work together. In a musical ensemble, musicians work together as one unit to create beautiful music that should be attractive to the listener. Without teamwork, it would be quite difficult for students to be in sync, tune, or in harmony with one another. In my class, my plan incorporates the foundation of listen- ing. Every student should feel comfortable collaborating with one another in aim to enhance and better the music.There are a variety of circumstances where competition takes place. Whether students are audtioning for chairs (positions), competing to be featured on a solo, or competing in a music competi- tion against other ensembles, students should never be cocky, selfish, or negativley competitive. Instead we will use competition in regards to personal and group motivation for development and inspiration. We should learn from competition rather then take losses and wins personally.
Trust and fairness is a very important element when it comes to my classroom management philosophy. In music class, auditions for chairs is a big deal for students. Students work hard, practice diligently for hours upon hours, as well as take private lessons where they pay extra money to develop at faster paces. It’s very important that I maintain fairness and trust among my students. I shall not favor any students, but rather treat them all equally. When I audition students for chairs and positions, it will be structured and organized efficiantly so that students will be placed where they deserve to be placed. Anual and or seasonal audtions will take place in order to give every student the opportunity to redeem a position they deserve.
The fifth principle I have highlighted is an important concept regarding fun and educational expecta- tions for my ensembles. Music is not meant to be stressful, but rather fun and enjoyable. It is my duty to give students a variety of music which they enjoy playing, while maintaining some level of challenge and education for them. Music won’t just be about playing instruments and performing. My classroom will incorporate technology, where students will learn how to notate/compose music, transcribe, advance their musical reading skills, etc. Students will also learn the history & culture behind the compositions we play. A detailed list of short and long term goals will be posted on a weekly basis so that students are always having fun as well as concurrenlty learning. The organization of my lesson plans is very important as well as the organization of the classroom. It is very easy to for a band room to become messy and cluttered. I will develop a system of orgranization so that chairs, music stands, lockers, instruments, etc will be organzied in a structured & clean manner.
All my students matter. No one student is more important than the other. For some of these kids, I’ll have them as students for their entire high school career. It is important to establish releationships with my students. It’s important that I as a teacher get to know my students and also let them know about me. Talk to them. Ask them how they are doing. Build connections with them. Interact with them.