As a freshman, I got to teach music for a semester at Northside Elementary School in Alliance. It really affirmed that teaching was what I wanted to do.

Steve Roshong ‘12

Major: Music Education
Hometown: Massillon, OH

Future college music professor

A member of Student Senate, Mu Phi Epsilon (music honorary), Kappa Kappa Psi (honorary band fraternity), Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association (OCMEA) and participant in many music ensembles

MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY

Close to home
I chose Mount Union because it was close to home, and I couldn’t believe how nice the campus was. It wasn’t so close that my parents would stop over unexpectedly. Yet, it was far enough away that I feel “away” from home. I can always run home if I need something.

Exceptional music program
My girlfriend went to Mount Union and she said the music program was really good. So, I took her up on it and auditioned for a music scholarship … and I got it!

Good learning environment
If I had to describe to someone what Mount Union is like, I’d tell him or her that it’s a really good learning environment. It can be intense when you want it to be, but it can also be laid back too. The classes are focused, but you have a lot of free time. Mount Union definitely encompasses the relaxing/social atmosphere with academics very well.

Small environment, big opportunities
Mount Union is a small environment, but with big opportunities. Because classes are smaller, I can get the attention that I deserve from professors.

Well known and respected
I knew music education would be my major when I came to Mount Union because I heard it was a great program and the faculty seemed really nice. I had met faculty members at other events before, and they are well known and respected in the area. I would have to say that my favorite teacher is Jonathan Willis (director of bands). I had him for jazz band and he made it really fun. He was actually in the Glenn Miller Orchestra, so he knows what he’s talking about. He’s a passionate guy … you can tell he really cares about your learning. And, over everything else, he cares about you as a student and your experience on campus.

Teaching music
As a freshman, I got to teach music for a semester at Northside Elementary School in Alliance. It really affirmed that it was what I wanted to do.

 

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