I have one of those personality types that thrive in a structured and ordered environment. Good teachers need to be prepared and have their ducks in a row before entering the classroom. Teaching comes to me quite naturally, I think, because of this kind of reflective thinking.
I am proud of many things, but in particular is the completion of my doctorate. With my master’s, I never felt like I was quite “finished.” After I started the coursework for my doctorate, my husband would introduce me to people by saying, “This is my wife, and she is finishing her doctorate,” so I knew I couldn’t quit!
I believe strongly that teaching is a performance art. A good teacher must practice the lesson plan delivery to instill effective teaching mannerisms. Students in my classes learn quickly that, for me, the word “music” is a verb. I get them up in front of a class to teach as soon as I can.
Evolution of Students
I absolutely love being a part of the evolution of a student from matriculation to commencement to professional musician and teacher. It’s both affirming and fulfilling to know that I have contributed to the growth of the music profession through my teaching.
I particularly enjoy any time I spend in Chapman Hall. When you stand in the foyer and see the crest on the floor, there is sense of historical connection to all who have been at Mount Union. I also love walking around the Campus Lakes because I find peacefulness in the calm of the water!
I believe the Department of Music faculty members are among the best models for our music majors. We have a wonderfully talented group of professional musicians teaching—each one models an extremely high level of musicianship through their daily practicing and active performing.