I enjoy being able to transfer my career as a professional musician into tangible outcomes for my students. I am able to apply real-life experiences to their learning and assist them in make choices that will embed the performing arts in their lives as well as the lives of their own students.
I get the most satisfaction from working with students as they graduate from the Bachelor degrees and move into graduate study. The growth curve is steep, as they take on responsibility for the learning of their students but the rewards are high, both for my students and for me. They develop into caring teachers who have a love for, and understanding of, the performing arts and they can inspire this in others in their communities.
Students in the performing arts are already special - they have learned to think deeply about the arts, about how and why it affects them and how they can create experiences for their audiences. Students in the performing arts must have something to say artistically and be brave enough to continue striving for new and expressive ways to say it.