My Education Philosophy for Musical Experience

My musical objective is to help students discover enjoyment and develop comfort in new musical experiences. Comfort and enjoyment lead to consistent and healthy experiences, which leads to musical growth.

To achieve this, I first seek to understand their prior musical experiences and current musical comforts and enjoyments. I help them demonstrate and appreciate these competencies and to form or refine their musical identity. This is the lens through which they will interpret new musical experiences and the foundation upon which they will grow.

Finally, I introduce students to new possibilities, help them choose which experiences to explore, and help them expand their comforts and discover new enjoyments.

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By Patrick Hockberger

Patrick Hockberger is a music education masters student at the University of Illinois. At Northwestern University he received a BM in Music Composition and an MA in Sound Arts & Industries. At the Chicago Park District he taught preschool music, voice, piano, guitar, and wrote and music directed children's musicals. Prior to that he interned at 98.7 WFMT, coached middle school track & field, and worked for six years with composer Paul Caldwell at the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago.