Being a musician, I have developed many skills over the years. These include: an improved ear for tuning, the ability to listen for things non-musicians can’t, technique on the bassoon and contrabassoon, reed making, improved piano technique, and improved music theory abilities. These skills are very useful when applied directly to my life as a music performance student. Recently, I decided to change my double major to Music performance and Music Education. I realized that many of my aforementioned skills could also be applied to the education side of music. However, I also realize that I am going to need to learn many more skills from an education standpoint before I graduate. For instance: how to work with students younger than I, classroom management, conducting, pedagogy for other instruments, marching band, ect. The point is, there is much that I do not know as of yet. I know that in years to come I will learn these many new skills as I start work on my new double major. I am excited for this because I know that the music education abilities that I will learn will compliment my existing skills as a musician and make me better as a whole. My plan is simple: Keep my grades up in all of my classes each semester so that I won’t have to retake any classes and put myself behind on the music education track. This will hopefully allow me to graduate in the average nine-semester time frame. As far as skills that need to change, the only ones that come to mind are reed making, bassoon/contrabassoon technique, and time management. Honestly, change isn’t even a good verb to use. I think improve is a better one. I am thrilled to see what changes the next four years will bring to my life and to my abilities as a musician and as a teacher.
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